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3-Step Career Planning Guide

This guide is to help you plan for a successful future. We encourage you to complete the listed tasks in each step to prepare for employment upon graduation!

  1. Learn and Explore
    • Set up an account on Handshake where you can look for part-time, internships, and full-time opportunities. You can also use the system to explore career events and network with employers.
    • Explore your interests, skills, values, and concerns related to various career fields with the help of Career Services.
    • Explore What Can I Do With This Degree? to learn about typical career paths that connect with your major.
    • Establish relationships with your academic advisor and faculty; search for a mentor.
    • Consider joining student organizations.
    • Gather information on careers you are interested in pursuing.
    • Familiarize yourself with Career Services.
    • Let Career Services help you develop a college resume.
    • Attend career fairs and network with employers.
    • Attend workshops to learn about job search skills.
    • Investigate opportunities to gain experience: internships, volunteer experiences, part-time jobs.

  2. Discover and Experience
    • Research a minor or electives that complement your career goals.
    • Join professional associations related to your intended career field and seek leadership positions.
    • Attend career fairs and network with employers.
    • Attend workshops to enhance your job search skills.
    • Explore Handshake and the FIND A JOB OR INTERNSHIP webpage to learn more about resumes, cover letters, and interviews.
    • Continue to explore and solidify your interests, skills, and values related to work.
    • Update your resume with each new experience you gain including jobs and student organizations.
    • Have your resume reviewed by a Career Services staff member.
    • Upload your updated resume to Handshake.
    • Assess future of your chosen career field by talking to your professors and employers.
    • Conduct informational interviews with employers.
    • Research graduate or professional schools and take entrance exams.
    • Meet with a Career Services staff member to enhance job search strategies and tools.
    • Maintain relationships with your mentor(s), academic advisor, and faculty.
    • Obtain career- related experience to clarify and confirm your career choice: internships, volunteer experiences, part-time jobs.

  3. Confirm and Transition
    • Maintain relationships with academic advisor, faculty, and mentor(s).
    • Continue to enhance your job search skills through workshops and meetings with Career Services staff.
    • Renew membership and maintain leadership roles in student organizations.
    • Continue to follow the time line for Graduate/Professional School.
    • Identify professionals and faculty who are willing to serve as references and write letters of recommendation.
    • Participate in mock interviews conducted by Career Services.
    • Research company information and use your personal network to identify full-time job opportunities.
    • Update your resume and have it reviewed by our staff.
    • Tailor your resume and cover letter to each full-time position for which you apply.
    • Send thank-you notes to employers with whom you interview and to your references
    • Attend career fairs and other events.
    • Inform Career Services if you accept a position.
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