Career Counseling

Do you have questions about your major? Not sure how to find a job? Do you know how to answer interview questions? UCS assists UH students and alumni to develop, evaluate and implement their career plans.

Career Counseling can help you:

  • Pinpoint vocational interests, personality preferences, and ideal work environments
  • Discuss your choice of major/career
  • Explore what you can do with your degree/major
  • Learn how to research different career fields, industries, and employers
  • Discover what an internship is, why you need one, and how to get one
  • Critique your resume
  • Develop networking skills
  • Learn how to work a career fair
  • Find out how you can make yourself a more qualified job candidate
  • Discuss what to expect in an interview
  • Participate in a “mock interview”
  • Plan and conduct an effective job search
  • Evaluate/negotiate salaries and job offers
  • Prepare for graduate and professional school applications & interviews”

Log onto Cougar Pathway to set an appointment with your career counselor. You will need to complete both your Academic and Personal Profiles before you can schedule your appointment.

We do not accept appointments who arrive more than 10 minutes past their scheduled appointment time unless we have been notified beforehand. At University Career Services one of our goals is to prepare you for the expectations of the professional world.


Walk-in Hours

FALL / SPRING
Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm

Please note: The last walk-in will be accepted at 11:45am for morning walk-ins and 3:45pm for afternoon walk-ins.


Vocational Assessments

Vocational Assessment tools can tell you a lot about yourself, including things you aren’t aware of or haven’t thought much about. They may also verify what you already know. In general, they are designed to:

  1. Identify your career and interests.
  2. Help you explore your personality and how your preferences affect your interactions in the workplace.
  3. Clarify your values, specifically what matters to you, e.g. making lots of money or feeling that what you do makes a difference, working alone or in a team.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was designed to help people choose careers that would be interesting to them and would call on their natural preferences. The MBTI can help you understand yourself and how you interact with the workplace.

It is extremely useful in helping people make career decisions, select an appropriate work environment and communicate and sell themselves effectively. Also, it helps in building teams, developing time management skills, understanding learning styles, leadership, and management types. It will clarify how people interact with their supervisors, colleagues, mate and family.

If you are interested in taking the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, please come during our walk-in hours or schedule an appointment through Cougar Pathways to get instructions for taking the assessment online. Once you have taken the assessment, please request an appointment with a career counselor by visiting Log into Cougar Pathway (required log in) for the interpretation. There is a fee of $15 for this assessment, which can be paid by credit or debit card only when you come in to get the results.

The Strong Interest Inventory (Strong) matches you, based on your likes and dislikes, with individuals who share your interests to determine if you might enjoy the same kinds of careers. You are provided with a combination of general interest scales which provide an overall picture of your preferences, values, and interests; basic interest scales that further narrow your interests and desirable aspects of potential careers (such as writing, public speaking, computers, or teaching); and a Top 10 list of careers that encourages further exploration.

If you are interested in taking the Strong Interest Inventory, please come during our walk-in hours or schedule an appointment through Cougar Pathways to get instructions for taking the assessment online. Once you have taken the assessment, please request an appointment with a career counselor by visiting Log into Cougar Pathway (required log in) for the interpretation. There is a fee of $15 for the assessments which can be paid by credit or debit card only when you come in to get the results.

StrengthsQuest is an online assessment that will help you gain insight into your areas of greatest potential. StrengthsQuest is not a career assessment and it won't tell you what job or career you should do. It does provide valuable information about who you are and gives you clues to the type of work environment in which you are most likely to thrive. Gallup research has found that employees who have the opportunity to use their strengths are six times as likely to be engaged in their work and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life than employees who don't get to focus on what they do best.

If you are interested in taking StrengthsQuest, please come during our walk-in hours or schedule an appointment through Cougar Pathways to get instructions for taking the assessment online. There is a fee of $15 for the assessment which can be paid by credit or debit card will be process when you gain your access code. Once you have taken the assessment, please request an appointment with a career counselor by visiting Log into Cougar Pathway (required log in).


Focus 2

Focus 2 is an innovative approach to career exploration and planning. This online tool is customized to connect your assessment results to the University of Houston's majors.

Focus 2 guides you through a reliable decision making model to help you make informed career decisions and take action.