What to Expect From a Career Counselor

Preparing for Your Career Counseling Appointment

Counselors Can Help in the Following Ways: 

With career exploration and planning

  • Asking important career planning questions to help clarify your goals
  • Helping you learn how to make career decisions in a meaningful rather than haphazard way
  • Pointing you to career-related inventories to help you understand yourself better and relate this self-knowledge to career choices

With the job search process

  • Strategizing with you about how to approach a job search
  • Directing you to resources to learn more about careers and job search tools
  • Conducting mock interviews for internships, fellowships, or jobs
  • Reviewing and improving your resume or CV to increase your chances of receiving interview requests

With considering careers outside the lab

  • Identifying transferable skills to help you transition to academia, industry, non-profit, government, and more
  • Brainstorming ways to market your unique background and skills
  • Coaching you about conducting informational interviews to become better informed about any career

With developing the skills necessary for career success

  • Assisting you with developing negotiation skills and preparation for the workplace

With continuing your efforts in the face of adversity

  • Offering encouragement and support to assist you in achieving your goals as a student or graduate

Our Career Counselors Will Not: 

  • Make decisions for you
  • Get you a job
  • Tell you exactly what you can expect to earn in a given career field
  • Expect you to hold the same values as they do

Adapted from the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education


To make an appointment with a career counselor, log into Handshake using your Pitt username and password. Go to Career Center > Appointments > Schedule a New Appointment > Pitt Public Health Career Advising. If you run into any issues, please contact Kim Abraham.

Meet the team!

Whether you're working on a resume, prepping for an interview, or just starting to plan, the career services team at Pitt Public Health can help! Spend just a minute to get familiar with the available services.

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Contact Career Services

Kim Abraham

Career Services Specialist
412-648-5987

G009 Public Health
130 DeSoto Street
Pittsburgh PA 15261