Student Career Development

The University of Pikeville is the leading higher education institution of Central Appalachia. Founded in 1889, UPIKE remains steadfast in our commitment to preparing students for the future while creating intellectual, cultural and economic opportunities for Appalachia.

Over and over, UPIKE alumni say things like, “At UPIKE I didn’t learn what to think, I learned how to think” and UPIKE prepared me to be successful in the workplace, not just in my major, but in any field.”

At the University of Pikeville, we are committed to preparing students for professional and personal success. We will ensure that by the time UPIKE students complete their college experience they will have had the opportunities and experiences in the areas of:

Selecting a major and a career direction can be an overwhelming task. There are thousands of careers to choose from and the pressure to make the right choice is huge. A quick choice, to relieve pressure, is often not the best choice. Career planning begins with understanding both yourself and your environment, and integrating the two to select a congruent academic major and the related occupational directions.

Self Discovery · Focus 2– UPIKE’s online career assessment instrument. Access Code: pikey

For other self discovery opportunities, visit UPIKE’s Career & Professional Development office in the Administration Building or call 606-218-4467 for more information.

Student Timeline: Suggestions from the Office of Career Development to strengthen your skills for future employment. Click here to view the timeline document.

Obtaining, participating in and reflecting upon Internships, Community Service, Service Learning.

Moving UP, our Experiential Learning plan at the University of Pikeville, provides institutional support for students to apply their classroom knowledge to an off-campus setting in the form of internships; professional conferences, seminars, and workshops; as well as study away and study abroad learning.

Experiential Learning at UPIKE

Developing an elevator pitch, utilizing resources (Alumni Network, LinkedIn), facilitating alumni connections.

Cover letters, Resumes, Interview skills, Identifying potential employers.

Enhancing career readiness skills and ethical practices. Develop an understanding of and become conversant in one’s personal skill sets.

The Career & Professional Development Office offers a comprehensive career development and management service to students. Services include academic classes, workshops, internship programs, job fairs, student employment and full-time job search and graduate/professional school assistance in both group and individual settings.


Helpful Links

Below you will find a listing of helpful links when planning your career decisions.


Career Readiness

Click on the following buttons to learn more about top Career Readiness skills and those most sought for by employers.