~ Self Evaluation and Career Planning ~
- Assess and establish priorities, skills, and goals for career development.
- Establish realistic career goals.
- Solicit advice from faculty, career-planning staff, and friends.
- Undecided about your major?
Contact the Office of Career Services to inquire about career counseling and assessment resources.
~ Career Exploration and Investigation ~
- Visit information sources on campus (i.e. Career Services Office, Academic Advising, and the Library).
- Begin to write your resume.
- Start to research well-known companies in your career field.
- Initiate a networking system.
- Keep track of responsibilities, dates, and supervisors of organizations you are a member of and jobs you have held.
- Join organizations in your field.
~ Gaining Career Experiences ~
- Begin internships or volunteer experiences.
- Re-affirm your chosen career field.
- Start planning your job-search campaign.
- Finalize the format of your resume.
- Don't wait until your last semester to begin job searching, begin now.
- Register and put your resume online at CowboyTRAK.
- Attend workshops and seminars on campus.
- Attend job fairs.
~ Job Search and Transition into the Workplace ~
- Assume responsibility for finding employment.
- Execute job-search campaign.
- Make a list of companies and organizations that are recruiting and hiring job candidates.
- Participate in on-campus interviews.
- Attend job fairs.
- Discuss career opportunities with faculty, family, social, and network contacts.
- Consider and review various job offers.
- Develop a list of transitional concerns to address while making your transition from college to work life.
~ What to do during the summer months ~
- Get a summer job related to the career you are pursuing, like internships or volunteer work.
- Develop a strong work ethic.
- Work hard to pay your own expenses.
- Develop the ability to work with other people and handle adverse situations.
- Develop computer and job-related skills.
- Develop knowledge of the workplace.
~ Topics covered in COHD 2199 ~
- Self assessment/goal-setting
- Experiential learning
- Connecting majors to occupations
- Field trips to various companies and organizations