Fall 2020 Resources

Dear Economics Majors,

The spring 2020 semester did not go as any of us could have ever foreseen. I know that many of you have had changes to plans you had mapped out for the summer and/or post-graduation. The ECO is here to offer support by way of resources and advising as you consider your next steps. Below is a regularly updated list of resources we are curating with the help of our UVA career services partners, alumni, employers, and faculty. As you explore the links below, be sure to confirm deadline dates for various programs. (Scroll down past this letter to reach the resources immediately.)

Despite what you may be hearing, there are employers hiring for full-time jobs and internships. Most of the internships are remote at the writing of this posting. Please see those employment resources below. And while there are many employers taking a pause to consider their next steps, this is a great time for you to build your professional materials and skills, your network, and your confidence in what you can bring to the job market.

Additionally, there are numerous upskilling (skill-building) opportunities available to UVA students this summer. Every student/recent graduate interested in skill-building should be able to find something of interest with little, if any, cost affiliated. (Scroll down to the "Build Your Skills" section.) Let me help you map out your plan by making an appointment by writing to jlh7b@virginia.edu or logging onto Handshake to sign up immediately.

In this resource list curated by the ECO, you will find links to active job boards, skill-building opportunities, links to work-from-home job boards, and advice on how to navigate your job search and preparatory activities with all the ups and downs of Covid-19. Please do be in touch to let me know how the ECO can help you.

Best regards,

Jennifer Jones, Director, Economics Career Office

Making the Most of Your Time During Covid-19 - ECO Perspective


Students and Parents, view the UVA Career Center’s recording of their Town Hall regarding Covid-19 and the job market

Thoughts on Job Searching Now:

  • Consider employers that are doing well in this current economy and what they are seeking. Read this article in the Muse.
  • Be sure your Handshake profile is thorough and up-to-date. Open your profile to employers so that they may find you! Regularly update with new skills and experiences. Do the same with your LinkedIn profile and your resume.
  • Follow firms/employers on Twitter where they are posting updates about their response to Covid-19.
  • Build a list of job boards that you source from various locations. Network now to help with your search now and later.
  • Talk with people (also known as networking.) See below for more details and resources.
  • If you need short-term work now in your location, consider using QuadJobs or Moonlighting for short-term gigs. (Check online to see if it is available in your area.) Keep Coronavirus at the forefront of your mind as you consider risk for odd jobs involving people's homes.
  • Be patient and use extra time to conduct research and build your network.
  • Search remote job boards here or here for short-term gigs to build experience over the summer if you are not looking for a full-time job.
  • How to Upskill Virtually - a list of free online courses to take by skill or content area, curated by the UVA Career Center
  • Found an internship, here is the UVA Career Center’s advice for success on the job:
  • Know your options if jobs disappear and stay in touch with recruiters so they can reach out to you when things settle.

Job Boards and Employers Hiring Now

Tip: Set up job alerts with each source. Then keep track using an Excel spreadsheet or database. Be sure to include deadline dates on your tracking sheet.

Remote Work Job Boards:

Take Time to Conduct Research

Research your interests and how to apply them to work/graduate school:

  • If you’re not sure about your interests and how to apply them to the world of work, take a Career Assessment like PathwayU. PathwayU takes about 45 minutes and will give you insight and leads! If you want to take the Strong Interest Inventory (delves deeper than PathwayU), write to me at the ECO to arrange: jlh7b@virginia.edu

Conduct industry/job function research: 

Build Your Skills:

Now that you’ve researched jobs and industries that interest you, you’ve learned what skills and knowledge are preferred. Read job postings, check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook; read Vault guides in Handshake. Then, register for classes each semester and supplement with virtual classes this summer on any of the following platforms to build your skills:

  • Coursera: all Coursera classes available for free and are taught by top universities in the U.S. and internationally. You can search on Coursera’s website for all available courses. Courses include: Excel, Design Thinking, R, Python, Screenwriting, UX Design, Blockchain, Canva, Sustainability, Market Research, Foundations of Business Strategy, Venture Capital and Private Equity, Excel for Business, and so much more. Classes average about 20 hours and certifications are available. Registration is ongoing and free until December 31
  • Propel: Engage in real-world company projects, gain experience working in teams, connect with alumni and employer mentors from leading consulting firms like McKinsey, Accenture, Mastercard, and more! Participate in up to 5 real-world projects with top teams receiving prize money.  The program will run later in the fall.
  • Micro-internships that are advertised to students nationwide through the firm Parker Dewey
  • Virtual Internship Opportunities on Handshake
  • The Cannon Project (Run by alum Ian Feeney – still hiring) – The Cannon Project matches students interested in business development in technology with start-ups
  • Wall Street Oasis – Free Finance-related class for any students whose internship or job offer was revoked. 
  • Study for the Securities Industry Essentials Exam (SIE) For anyone interested in securities trading, the SIE may be taken while in school and without employer sponsorship.
  • LinkedIn Learning Classes through your UVA account. (You must have a LinkedIn account to participate. On your homepage, click the LinkedIn Learning icon in the upper right corner.)
  • RocketBlocks
  • Google is bringing its Grow with Google courses online for everyone in the US and Canada. Grow with Google, launched in 2017, is an initiative through which Google partners with libraries, schools, and other organizations to provide digital literacy workshops and one-on-one coaching. Sessions: https://growonair.withgoogle.com/#upcoming
  • Enter a Design Competition!
  • Radify - UVA Skills Accelerator (Application was due April 19; consider for summer 2021) Get certified in one of six creative skills tracks in 4 weeks through Radify Labs.
  • Get certified in design-thinking or project management, Python or R in 4 weeks with Coursera for UVA. (free classes through September, but you must register by July 31.)
  • CodeAcademy
  • Enter a case competition with MindSumo (Earn money and get experience and exposure to Fortune 1000 companies!)
  • PluralSight is offering a free 30-day subscription to build your technical skills: Python, Java, and more. Check it out here! And be sure to review the personal use page here.

Build Your Professional Materials and Your Network

  • VMOCK – automated resume critiquing software – free for UVA students
  • RocketBlocks – Management Consulting case, Product Management, and behavioral interview preparation software – free for Econ Majors. https://rocketblocks.me/uvaecon.php  Use your UVA email address to logon. Your School code: monroe.
  • InterviewStream – record your interview and watch your performance. You’ll find InterviewStream in Handshake Resources.
  • Alumni and Friends List in Collab – Contact information for more than 300 UVA econ alumni who have offered to give career advice to our majors
  • UVA Alumni Directory – All current students may create accounts and search for alumni by their employer, graduation year, and geographic location
  • Join the Virginia Alumni Mentoring (VAM) community to connect with UVA alumni who are eager to talk with you. Alumni mentors are happy to discuss topics such as career exploration, industry expertise, job search strategies, and more. Even if you've used VAM before, now is a great time to network with alumni mentors who've offered to help.
  • Over 150,000 alumni are on LinkedIn’s University of Virginia page. Check out our networking guidance to learn how to connect with them.
  • Coursera, another Career Accelerator, offers career-ready skills and certifications, and UVA now has FREE access to these options through July. You can enroll in courses through July and will have access to complete until the end of September.

All Econ Majors Can Now...


Make an Appointment with the ECO

These are uncertain times and anxiety over the future is normal. Talking about your concerns and mapping a plan can bring some relief. Make a virtual career counseling appointment with Jen Jones at the Economics Career Office to discuss next steps. All advising pre-requirements have been waived.

  • Have your resume reviewed
  • Participate in a mock interview
  • List your interests
  • Build a networking spreadsheet
  • Speak with alumni about their work
  • Practice case interviews for your field