Your Path to Career Success
Self Discovery (Freshmen)
- Begin to clarify your career interests through classes, student organizations, and community service (visit the Learn and Serve Office).
- Choose your initial major and/or concentration and learn about your potential career paths.
- Talk to individuals already employed about careers related to your interests.
- Visit the Career Services office to discuss ideas for the future, internships, and summer employment opportunities.
- Obtain a part-time and/or summer job to develop interpersonal skills, help finance your education, and build responsible work habits.
Explore Options (Freshmen & Sophomores)
- Meet with a Career Services professional to begin compiling interests, strengths, skills, abilities and values using self-assessment inventories available such as the Strong Interest Inventory, Self-Directed Search, and Myers Briggs Type Indicator.
- Research careers related to your major choice.
- Conduct informational interviews with alumni, relatives, and family friends.
- Obtain information about participating in an internship, which enables you to receive real-world work experience and earn academic credit.
- Utilize work experience to further develop work-related skills and improve self-confidence.
Experiment and Evaluate (Sophomores & Juniors)
- Create a resume and have it critiqued by Career Services.
- Participate in a practice interview to begin articulating what you have learned from your academic and experiential learning opportunities.
- Explore and apply for internship opportunities.
- Seek leadership opportunities in campus organizations related to your major.
- Network and join professional organizations and community groups.
- Investigate the role of graduate school in your chosen career field by visiting petersons.com and gradschools.com as well as discussing with your academic advisor.
Implement Your Plan (Juniors & Seniors)
- Define your post-graduation goals and implement your plan.
- Meet with Career Services to discuss graduate school and/or job search strategies.
- Understand what employers and graduate/ professional schools are looking for in candidates and be able to discuss how your knowledge, skills and abilities will be an asset to their organization.
- Attend career fairs to network with job recruiters.
- Continue to update your resumes and cover letters.
- Research your options, be open to different opportunities, use your resources to help you Get Hired!