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Career Development Plans
First Year Students - Self Assessment
Identify your interests, skills and values.
- Take a variety of courses to see what piques your interest.
- Develop academic and career goals.
- Explore a variety of majors by talking to staff, faculty, students, employers, friends, advisers and parents.
Sophomore Students - Exploration
- Choose a major consistent with your interest, abilities and goals.
- Build relationships with faculty and instructors. You may find a mentor as you work with them.
- Get involved in career-related activities such as workshops, summer employment, the etiquette dinner, recruiters on campus.
- Start to look for internship sites to use during your junior and senior years.
- Talk to people about your career plans. Counselors, faculty, advisors and employers can provide great feedback.
- Join professional organizations related to your major.
- Work towards leadership positions on campus.
Junior Students - Preparation
- Start to think about your plans after graduation. Grad school? Work?
- Narrow down your career path.
- Update your resume.
- Attend career fairs
- Start networking with alumni, business people, the college.
- Complete an internship.
- Take graduate or professional school exams.
- Establish a list of references and get their approval to serve as such.
- Be a campus leader.
Senior Students - Implementation
- Begin the job search process as you begin your senior year. Commit yourself to a thorough search.
- Identify the skills and abilities you have developed throughout college. Be ready to share them with employers.
- Finalize your resume.
- Contact the Career Development Center to discuss job search and interview techniques.
- Participate in job fairs and on campus recruitment.
- Apply for positions of interest and prepare to interview.
- Keep networking!!!
- Consider and review job offers. Send thank you letters to all prospective employers.
- Attend financial literacy workshops to prepare you for being on your own.