Career Development Timeline

The following stages and activities can help you solidify your career goals.

Stage I (typically Freshman Year)
  • Question
  • Take a variety of classes to discover your interests and academic strengths.
  • Visit the Career Services Office to familiarize yourself with services and resources available to you.
  • Take career assessments offered through the Career Services Office.
  • Think about internships and part-time jobs that match your talents, interests and academic strengths.
  • Attend career fairs to gather information on potential careers and employers.
  • Attend workshops that explore academic majors and related career options.
  • Begin to develop a resume – attend a resume workshop.
Stage II (typically Sophomore Year)
  • Research
  • Either declare an academic major or review your chosen major and determine that you are on the right academic/career path.
  • Explore at least three careers available to you through your major – internet searches on occupations, job shadowing, and information interviewing are excellent ways to learn about careers.
  • Find an internship or part-time job that is related to your interests.
  • Become involved in extracurricular activities (both on and off campus).
  • Update your resume and have it reviewed by the Career Services Office.
Stage III (typically Junior Year)
  • Decisions
  • Begin to narrow your occupational goals; identify specific job title you would be interested in pursuing.
  • Attend career and job fairs and speak with a variety of employers about your career goals.
  • Ask former employers and professors to serve as references.
  • Obtain an internship or other practical career experience (Start searching early in your junior year or late in your sophomore year).
  • Continue to update your resume.
  • Participate in the Career Services Office workshops to learn about job search strategies such as networking and interviewing skills.
Stage IV (typically Senior Year)
  • Job Search
  • Summarize and analyze all of your experiences during your college years.
  • Stay up to date with career fair opportunities.
  • Attend career related workshops such as resume writing and interviewing skills.
  • Obtain an additional internship or volunteer experience in your field of interest.
  • Develop a prospective employer list with contact names and addresses from organizations you are interested in pursuing.
  • Determine your career-related strengths and skills; determine what you have to offer to an employer.
  • Begin the job search process; start applying for employment opportunities at the beginning of your final semester.
  • Check College Central Network for new job postings from any computer.