Four-Year Career Plan

First year:

  • Stop by the Career Services Center (CSC) to explore your major and career. Schedule an appointment for career counseling; the counselor will provide an opportunity to use various career assessments, introduce you to the various web resources and guide you in selecting a major and/or career.
  • Develop good study habits and earn good grades since your GPA may be a key factor in securing internships and full-time jobs.
  • Get to know your professors and academic advisor who may eventually serve as employment references.
  • If you are considering law school, medical school or other pre-health professions, be sure to connect with the advisor for these areas.
  • Attend a résumé workshop. We can help you develop a résumé and cover letter using the CSC resources. We can also critique your résumé.
  • Investigate part-time and/or summer jobs by using College Central Network and the job binders in the Career Resource Library.
  • Job fairs are also a good place to make contacts. 

Second year:

  • Explore your career interests through informational interviewing, job shadowing, part-time jobs or volunteer work.
  • Discover career options in the Career Resources Library, EUREKA or web resources.
  • Continue to stay involved on campus through student organizations.
  • Identify volunteer opportunities through the CSC or through community non-profit programs.
  • Continue forming positive relationships with professors and advisors.
  • If graduate school is in your future, explore initial research opportunities through the EUREKA program and graduate school guides in the Career Resources Library.
  • Talk with a staff member in the CSC about updating your résumé and cover letter.
  • Use College Central Network to investigate opportunities for internships in your field that test out your major and/or career choice.
  • Make contacts at job fairs.
  • Obtain a summer job in your field.
  • Declare your major!

Third year:

  • Maintain a strong GPA in your major coursework.
  • Pursue leadership roles in campus activities to enhance your "marketability" to employers.
  • Identify volunteer opportunities through the CSC to increase your skills and gain experience.
  • Talk with a staff member about updating your résumé and cover letter.
  • Sharpen your interviewing skills through a mock interview and the Interviewing Workshop offered by the CSC.
  • Attend job fairs and begin networking for your senior year job search.
  • Continue forming positive relationships with professors and advisors.
  • Find out if graduate school is right for you and begin looking for programs that fit your career goals. Talk with a staff member to narrow your options and familiarize yourself with requirements and deadlines.
  • Prepare for graduate school by exploring research opportunities through the EUREKA program and other resources available through the CSC.
  • Register in College Central Network and post your résumé.
  • Obtain an internship or career-related experience to gain professional skills.

Fourth year:

  • Talk with a CSC staff member to make sure your résumé and cover letter are tailored for a professional job search.
  • Regardless of your graduation date, plan to participate in all the job search workshops and mock interviews offered by the CSC.
  • Enhance your interviewing skills through a mock interview.
  • Network with recruiters at job fairs and information sessions.
  • Talk with a staff member to develop job search strategies.
  • Research employers, salary ranges and relocation costs.
  • Select professors, supervisors and employers to act as your references; discuss your plans with them.
  • If graduate school is in your future, take graduate admissions tests and apply to graduate schools.
  • Maintain solid grades.