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Dania Melendez ’17 Architectural Engineering Technology with Ricky Barrett

The primary goal of the Career Services department is to help University of Hartford students and alumni acquire the tools needed to make effective decisions during each phase of their academic and career development. Through in-person meetings from freshman year onward, we support and advise students as they discover who they are and learn about their strengths, values, and interests. Then, we encourage them to explore major and career options that align with their personal strengths and goals.

As they become involved with clubs and organizations, and participate in internships, we assist students in writing pointed, effective resumes and cover letters that set them apart in the job search. By engaging with students throughout their college careers, we develop strong advising relationships and help them to become self-aware and confident self-advocates for life.

We provide a wide range of resources to help students and alumni find an appropriate internship or a satisfying first job, or to plan an effective career change. In addition, we assist students in locating part-time, seasonal, and on-campus employment. Our career advisors walk through the job search process step-by-step with students, so that they are equipped to implement effective strategies for a lifetime. Career Services is also committed to forging fruitful relationships with employers that ultimately lead to opportunities for students to network both on- and off-campus. Through career fairs, resume “boot camps,” and mock interviews, we help students prepare to communicate with potential employers. We work with employer partners to connect students with practical, industry-specific knowledge and advice that will benefit them as they enter the job market.

Career Services:

  • Provides one-on-one career advising.

  • Utilizes assessment tools to assist students in exploring majors and careers.

  • Helps students and alumni with résumés, cover letters, and other correspondence.

  • Presents workshops on career readiness for classes or clubs.

  • Conducts mock (practice) interviews.

  • Advises students on conducting an effective internship and job search.

  • Provides access to CareerBridge, an online database of internships and jobs.

  • Plans and presents career fairs and other on-campus recruiting events.

All of our services are available to current students as well as alumni.

RICKY BARRETT ASSISTANT, DIRECTOR FOR EMPLOYER RELATIONS AND CAREER SERVICES LIAISON TO CETA

Ricky Barrett is the Assistant Director of Employer Relations in Career Services.

Ricky Barrett is the Assistant Director of Employer Relations in Career Services. He is responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships between employers and the University. Ricky also oversees CareerBridge (the University’s job board), plans career fairs and recruiting events, and assists students in connecting with employers interested in their skills.

As Career Services’ liaison to CETA, Ricky is responsible for assisting faculty in the development and presentation of programs that enhance the career readiness of our students. In addition, he meets individually with CETA students, who are encouraged to schedule appointments with Ricky to discuss self-assessments, internships, career options, resumes, cover letters, and interview tips. You can regularly find Ricky and CETA’s Assistant Dean for Student Support David Pines interacting with students and promoting career programs throughout the college. Ricky also serves as a guest speaker for classes and student clubs, and he works closely with the National Society of Black Engineers chapter at University of Hartford.

Ricky Barrett with NSBE organization

Since arriving at the University last summer, Ricky has assisted in the development of a number of key student programs, including Three Steps to Success, Mock Interviews, and several resume “Boot Camps.” These programs give students the chance to fine-tune their networking and interviewing skills and provide them with direct access to local employers. Companies such as Flowtech Inc., Bauer Inc., Stanley Black & Decker, Kaman Aerospace, Arcadis, JCJ Architecture, Medtronic, Fuss & O’Neil, C. E. Floyd Company, Arcadis, and more have participated in CETA career-readiness events, volunteering their time to assist students in enhancing their professional skills.