The following stages and activities can help you solidify your career goals.
Stage I (typically Freshman Year)
Stage II (typically Sophomore Year)
- 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 III (typically Junior Year)
- 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 IV (typically Senior Year)
- 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.
- 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.