Career Planning StrategiesStudent

The Career Center is committed to assisting students with the following:

  • Learning more about one's self
  • Developing life-long career planning skills
  • Selecting an appropriate career path based on interests, values, skills, needs and aspirations
  • Obtaining career-related experience while in school
  • Selecting a graduate program and/or finding a job after graduation

Where are you in your studies?


First Year

What:

  • Begin self-assessment: what are your values, interests, skills, needs, etc.
  • Attend the Choosing a Major/Choosing a Career Workshop available in the Career Center to define your career interests.
  • Use Focus 2, a computer program in the Career Center to help you select possible career fields.
  • Obtain academic advising for help in selecting courses, explanation of academic regulations and perspective on academic programming.
  • Select General Education courses that will provide you with the opportunity to explore career fields of interest.
  • Become involved in student life on campus as part of your personal development.
  • Get to know faculty and other students.

Why:

  • To get a good foundation for your education and your career.

Sophomore Year

What:

  • Explore internship possibilities for the junior year by contacting the internship office in your college or department, through , or the SLICE Office.
  • Participate in workshops and career related activities planned specifically for sophomores.
  • Make tentative career choices.
  • Interview someone in your chosen career field to learn about real life on the job.
  • Look for leadership and/or team work opportunities in clubs and organizations.

Why:

  • To commit to a major and minor and begin making plans for a career.

Junior Year

What:

  • Take courses in your major and minor as well as elective courses.
  • Work with a career counselor to define your career plans.
  • Obtain an internship or part-time job in your chosen career field. Volunteer positions are also good experience.
  • Participate in a Graduate School Workshop and attend the in the Fall if applicable.
  • Explore possibilities to study abroad or on another campus for a year or a semester.
  • Don't be afraid to change your major.
  • Bring your current resume or develop a new one and have it critiqued at the Career Center, or attend an employer-staffed Resume Clinic.

Why:

  • To refine your career plans and make progress in establishing goals.

Senior Year

What:

  • Develop long-term career goals.
  • Attend the or a and use the On-campus Interview Program.
  • Attend workshops on job search strategies, resume preparation, interview skills and business etiquette.
  • Learn how to use the Internet to look for job listings such as ToroJobs and other resources.
  • Develop a network of people to support your career plans.
  • Interview with potential employers.
  • For graduate school applicants, select the appropriate graduate program and complete the application process. Ask faculty members for letters of reference.

Why:

To construct a successful job search and obtain employment in your chosen field or finalize plans for graduate school.