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Schedule an Appointment

The Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration offers multiple appointment types. Schedule an appointment online by visiting your Handshake profile or scroll down for available drop-in appointments. View this video for quick instructions on how to schedule an appointment using Handshake and see below for an explanation of appointment types. For questions, call us at 865-974-5435.

Academic & Career Exploration Appointments

Schedule an appointment for:

  • Choosing or changing majors
  • Identifying interests, strengths, values and relationship to major/career choices
  • Career assessment results and feedback
  • Major/career exploration (if you are interested in multiple careers/majors)

Log into Handshake and choose either the Unsure of Major Options or Unsure of Career Interests appointment types.

Transition Advising Appointments 

Schedule an appointment for:

  • discussing the application process for competitive majors
  • creating an academic plan for the semester (for students not eligible for their choice of major)

If you have been referred to transition advising, you must first complete our Transition Advising Request form. We will review your request and determine if you are eligible for transition advising, if you should schedule an academic and career exploration coaching appointment, or if you should meet with an advisor in a different office. Note: If you already have an assigned transition advisor, do not complete this form; please contact your advisor directly to request an appointment. Additional information on transition advising can be found here.

If you have any questions about scheduling a transition advising or career exploration appointment, email us at

Career Coaching Appointments

Schedule an industry-specific appointment for:

  • Internship and experiential opportunities
  • Resume, cover letter, LinkedIn reviews
  • Practice interviews
  • Job-seeking strategies (including networking and career fair preparation)
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Identity specific career questions

Log into Handshake and choose one of the following appointment options: Resume/CV/Cover Letter Review, Industry Experience/Industry Research, Job Search/Job Offers, Graduate/Professional School, Practice Interview, Part-Time Employment, or Veteran, Disability, Students of Color/Multicultural, LGBTQ+. After choosing this appointment type, you will then be prompted to choose the industry or major grouping that best aligns with your career interest.

Peer Career Advisor Drop-In Hours

Attend Drop-In Hours if you need assistance with one of the following topics: 

  • Resumes
  • Cover Letters
  • LinkedIn
  • Handshake
  • Job and Internship Search
  • Professional Headshots
  • Interviewing
    • If you are interested in conducting a practice interview, please schedule an appointment on Handshake with our Peer Career Advisors.

Drop-In Hours will be 10-15 minute sessions with a Peer Career Advisor trained to assist you and guide you to appropriate resources for the above topics. You can find the updated hours on our homepage.