Career development for a lifetime

UPIKE Career and Professional Development Center helps you learn how to plan for your career not only during your final year, but also beginning with your very first semester on campus. You’ll have the opportunity to explore interests, sharpen skills and begin gaining experience as you transition into the workforce after graduation.


During your first year at UPIKE, you’ll be encouraged to explore areas of study that interest you. Volunteering, job shadowing in a field of your interest and student employment opportunities are just a few ways you can begin preparing for your future career.


In your second year as a student, you’ll begin developing professional skills that allow you to take advantage of career opportunities such as internships or interviews. The Career Center can also help you prepare a cover letter and resume, as well as provide role playing opportunities like mock interviews.


During your third year, you’ll gain valuable professional experience by completing internships, researching, participating in practicums or taking advantage of on-campus leadership opportunities.


During your final year at UPIKE you’ll begin reflecting on your accomplishments and experiences as you finalize your plans for employment or other next steps, like continuing on to graduate or professional school.


Yes! The University of Pikeville Career and Professional Development office continues to serve students after graduation. Email to set up an appointment.

BEARS@WORK, powered by Purple Briefcase, is a free job search website that links UPIKE alumni and students to employers with part-time and full-time job opportunities or internships.

To use BEARS@WORK to find a job:

If you have a email address visit

If you do not have a email address, contact Misty Asbury at or (606) 218-5276.

Support the university by connecting your organization or business to UPIKE’s Career and Professional Development Office.

Email, for more information.

Businesses can also visit to post positions.

UPIKE’s Career Closet is a place for students to acquire new or gently used professional business attire to be used for presentations, conferences, competitions or job interviews. The clothing is FREE for students to keep.

Students can make an appointment with Sonia Smith for the Career Closet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by emailing