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)