University of Pikeville
Office of Career & Professional Development

Darwin V. Kysor
(606) 218-4467
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Sonia Smith
Campus Employment Specialist
(606) 218-5223
Learn more about Sonia

Career development for a lifetime

The UPIKE Career and Professional Development Center is committed to providing comprehensive career and professional development opportunities to students in their pursuit of lifelong career success and satisfaction. We will help you plan for your career beginning with your very first semester throughout your lifetime. You’ll have the opportunity to explore interests, sharpen skills and gain experience as you transition into graduate/professional school and the workforce after graduation.

BEARS@WORK – is a one-stop UPIKE job search website connecting students and recent graduates to full-time and part-time job opportunities, federal work-study positions, and internships.

An online career assessment that assesses your interests, leisure interests, skills, personality and values as you seek to “focus” your self-discovery career path. Access Code: pikey

 A comprehensive career resource, Vault enables you to research employers and industries, gain career advice, and apply to jobs and internships.

The University of Pikeville Career & Professional Development Office is committed to providing comprehensive career and professional development opportunities and experiential learning to students in their pursuit of lifelong career success and satisfaction in a global marketplace.



  • Students will be active participants and take personal responsibility in their career

Development and management.

  • Career Development is a holistic, lifelong process seeking to optimize utilization of one’s

interests, values, skills and passions.

  • We value the University of Pikeville’s diverse community and work to provide a high quality

service in a welcoming and respectful environment.



The development and maintenance of partnerships with students, faculty, alumni, employers and graduate schools that share our goal for student success.


A dedication to providing students an engaging, personalized career and professional development experience including:

a.)   Career Choice – Identifying interests, skills and values, exploring career and post-graduate options.

b.)   Experiential Education – Obtaining, reflecting upon and articulating learning in relation to Student Employment, Internships, Student Reaearch, Community Service and Service Learning.

c.)   Networking – Developing an elevator pitch, utilizing resources (Networking Events, UPIKE Alumni, LinkedIn), facilitating alumni connections.

d.)   Career Preparation/Job Search – Cover Letters, Resumes, Interview Skills, Identifying potential employers.

e.)  Graduate/Professional School – School/Program identification, application assistance, personal statements and essays.

f.)   Professional Development – Enhancing career readiness skills and ethical practices, providing relevant programs and services.


Upcoming Career Events