• Clear Pathway to Career Development - 4 Year Career Development Map

    First Year: Explore

    • Begin building a support network of faculty, advisors, and staff members.
    • Look over your degree plan with your advisor.
    • Learn about your talents and interests by taking the Strengths Finder assessment or Strong Interest Inventory through Career Services.
    • Find an internship, part-time job, and/or summer job in an area that interests you.
    • Join an organization in your first semester related to your major or career interest.
    • Begin writing down your involvement (academic, extra-curricular, and part time employment) for a resume.

    Sophomore Year: Engage

    • Complete introductory courses in your major and take electives that mesh with your interests.
    • Get to know your professors; they are critical to your success.
    • Research - various careers, majors and job descriptions.
    • Continue to think about who you are and who you want to be.
    • Spend a day “job shadowing.”
    • Participate in your first internship.
    • Continue to enhance your skill development.
    • Attend career services workshops and events.
    • Continue building your resume paper and online.

    Junior Year: Connect

    • Consider studying or working abroad.
    • Continue to consult with your advisor to select courses that match your career goals.
    • Think RESUME! Enhance your skills, gain knowledge and experience.
    • Become familiar with Career Services website, educational programs and job search services.
    • Participate in career services events and workshops.
    • Have resume reviewed by Career Services.
    • Practice interview skills.
    • Continue pursuing internships, jobs, job shadowing, or volunteering in an area of career interest.
    • If you are considering graduate school, consult your advisor to discuss the feasibility of your admission.
    • Take appropriate exams (GRE, LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT).

    Senior Year: Partner together and succeed

    • Meet with your advisor to make sure you are on track to graduate.
    • Continue to serve in leadership roles in campus and community organizations.
    • Continue getting real life experience through internships, part-time jobs, and volunteer activities.
    • Gain additional experiences that strengthen your qualifications.
    • Make an appointment with Career Services to discuss your career goals and plan of action.
    • Have a resume and cover letter critiqued by Career Services or the Writing Center.
    • Apply for jobs, schedule interviews, and upload resume to Career Connection.
    • Learn job fair strategies such as perfecting your “30 second commercial.”
    • Attend job fairs.
    • Have letters of recommendations prepared.
    • Finalize references.
    • Use LinkedIn to the fullest by networking with others who may assist in reaching your career goals.
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