There's certainly no single route to success when career planning, but there are some basic steps to keep in mind as you think ahead to what comes after graduation.
- Enroll in core classes and try out classes that interest you
- Explore majors to find out what they are really about
- Look carefully at all the options for involvement outside of class, where you can develop transferable skills
- Think about what you most want to get out of your college experience
- Develop tentative short and long-range personal goals
- Get to know faculty, staff, and administrators on campus
Summer vacation: Get a job to earn money, get work or volunteer experience in an area that interests you.
- Further explore academic disciplines by talking to faculty and students in various majors
- Decide on a major
- Develop intentional relationships that will help you grow personally and inter-personally
- Continue exploration of career options (informational interviews, resources in Career Library, etc.)
- Learn about your own unique interests, values, and abilities through assessment and career exploration tools
- Consider career-related internship, practicum, volunteer and independent study options
Summer vacation: Get a job to earn money, further develop skills, build a good work reputation, grow personally and professionally, and continue exploring fields of interest.
- Participate in an internship or practicum (or Senior year)
- Focus in on and explore in-depth several career/occupation possibilities; select three that are most interesting
- Determine requirements academically and experientially for your top three career/occupation choices
- Continue learning about your own unique interests, values and abilities
Look at graduate school options and requirements
- Work to establish professional contacts in areas that interest you
Summer vacation: Try working, volunteering, or getting an internship in your chosen area of interest.
- Begin a well-organized job search, including informational interviews,
- Networking, resume preparation, and interviewing skills
- Attend workshops on resume writing, interviewing and the job search process, and/or grad school
- Set up reference file as needed
- Apply for and take necessary examinations for graduate school