Four-Year Timeline

First Year: Explore

  • Make an appointment with Career Services* to:
    • Explore different majors and careers
    • Identify your interests, skills, personality, and values by taking the Strong Interest Inventory
    • Learn about resources on and off campus and online at the Career Services website (Candid Career, O*Net, CareerLink, Career Key, Professional Clothing Closet, etc.)
    • Discuss career aspirations, assessments, or concerns
    • Find part-time jobs by accessing job boards and weekly career services email
    • Create a base resume to identify skills, experiences, and accomplishments (update it routinely)
    • Create a time management plan based on classes/activities/employment
  • Attend the Involvement Fair, join a club/organization, participate in campus activities, and volunteer to meet new people and begin building your leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Download the Campus Hub App to discover all campus events including career and professional development events.

Second Year: Discover

  • Learn more about careers and build experience on your resume by utilizing experiential learning opportunities in fields of interests:
    • Conduct informational interviews
    • Job shadow professionals
    • Volunteer for a community organization
    • Search for a part-time job, internship, or summer work experience opportunities
    • Connect with alumni for networking and mentoring opportunities
  • Discover your strengths by taking the CliftonStrengths®
  • Learn to write effective professional correspondence.
  • Build your online brand by creating a LinkedIn account and ensure your social media accounts are appropriate and professional; view them from an employer’s perspective.
  • Practice introducing yourself and make connections by attending job/internship fairs, career and professional development workshops, and networking events on campus and in communities.

Third Year: Connect

  • Meet with Career Services* to review your career development plan and re-assess your interests, values, and skills.
  • Seek an executive position or chairing a committee with a student organization.
  • If planning to attend graduate/professional schools, start researching specific admission requirements, start preparing for standardized tests (LSAT, GRE, MCAT, GMAT, Praxis, etc.), and apply well in advance of deadlines.
  • Start researching full-time jobs and companies (different geographical areas, cost of living, salaries, company reviews, and interview questions); develop a list of employers; and work with career services to make effective use of internet job sites and other resources such as Salary.Com, PayScale, Glassdoor, Vault, Indeed, LinkedIn and Occupational Outlook Handbook.
  • Secure an internship in your chosen field by working with your school’s academic Dean and keep track of your accomplishments.
  • Build practical experience through academic research and class projects; consider presenting your findings at the Research & Creativity Expo.
  • Identify people (faculty and professional contacts) who are your advocates and begin asking them for permission to list them as a positive reference.
Fourth Year: Achieve
  • Schedule an appointment with Career Services* to polish your resume, upload it to a professional job board, and gain helpful tips to navigate the process for a successful interview.
  • Serve as a mentor/peer career coach for less experienced students.
  • Build your network by participating in mock interviews, career fairs, workshops, networking events, and other career development events (on and off campus).
  • Enhance your professional and networking skills by attending the Etiquette Dinner.
  • Check Handshake, Careers Services webpage, and other job boards (CareerLink, Linked, Indeed.com, etc.) on a regular basis for professional job postings.
  • Join appropriate professional organizations to meet other professionals in your field.
  • Complete the career services survey to indicate your post-graduation plans.

*Career Services office (in Library 103) or TRiO/SSS Career Services office (in CATS 008)