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Four-Year Plan

  • Awareness

    Become Aware of Self and Resources 

    Checklist of Goals

    1. Explore your interests, personality, work values, skills and motivations.
    2. Visit with a career advisor for help with self-assessment and occupational research. Call Career Development to schedule an appointment to discuss taking a career test.
    3. Visit the academic department website of your considering majors to see if you are interested in studying them by reading course descriptions.
    4. Learn more about careers of interest through occupation information.
    5. Identify career options within majors of interest using the “What Can I Do with This Major?” resource on the Career Development.
    6. Think about getting apart-time job using Jobs4Ram.
    7. Start shaping your Jobs4Ram profile with items such as résumé, and/or even a portfolio, if you are in the creative field.
    8. Get involved in clubs or student organizations.
    9. Go to all your classes and do your best academically. Remember your priorities.
    10. Attend Career Development programs and events. It’s not too early!
    11. Range for summer job or volunteer position related to your major/career/industry goals.
  • Exploration

    Explore Majors and Careers

    Checklist of Goals

    1. Confirm your choice of a major and identify 3 to 4 related career options of particular interest using the “What Can I Do With This Major?” resource on the Career Development website.
    2. Explore careers of interest. Visit Career Development for occupational information material.
    3. Determine if your career goals require additional education and/or training.
    4. Meet with professionals in your field(s) of choice. This is a great way to learn about jobs and network! Career Development’s staff is a great resource to explore to find connections in your field.
    5. Update your information on Jobs4Ram and/or electronic portfolio and have a Career Development staff member critique it.
    6. Obtain a volunteer, freelance, part-time or summer job to test you chosen career field. Meet with a career advisor for helpful information and resources. TIP: Ask for a copy of your job description. It makes updating your résumé easier.
    7. Visit the Career Development website for a list of career-related activities (job fairs, etiquette dinners, etc.) and mark your calendar to attend.
    8. Consider a minor that will enhance your qualifications and/or broaden your marketability.
    9. Maintain a strong GPA. It matters!
    10. Work toward leadership positions in your student organizations and develop transferable (communication, organization, time management, etc.)
  • Experience

    Gain Marketable Experience

    Checklist of Goals

    1. Continue to maintain a strong GPA.
    2. Seek a leadership/officer position within your student organizations to strengthen your skills and your résumé.
    3. Develop mentor/ee relationships with key individuals who may serve as references.
    4. Check the Career Development website for a list of events and mark them on your calendar. Practice your skills by attending job fairs.
    5. Establish goals for a summer or fall internship that focuses on a specialty area in your field.
    6. Keep your information on Jobs4Ram and electronic portfolio up-to-date.
    7. Refer to Job Search Assistance and Strategies webpage to start outlining job search plan.
    8. Watch the CandidCareer videos on the Career Development website to learn more about networking and interviewing
    9. Build your network using LinkedIn by connecting with faculty, alumni, and peers.
    10. Secure information interviews and job shadowing experiences with professionals in your field(s) to gain industry insight and expand your professional network. Ask Career Development for help.
    11. Research graduate or professional school qualifications, required application materials and deadlines. Register for any appropriate entrance exam.
    12. Visit the Interview Tips webpage to refine your interviewing skills. Answer the questions, record your responses, and critique your performance.
    13. Put together an interview outfit and start a makeover for your wardrobe gearing toward professional attire. A “wish list” for yourself is a great starting point.
    14. Investigate several professional organizations in your career field.
    15. Incorporate internship in your degree plan. High GPA is not enough to impress recruiters.
  • Job Search

    Job Search and Transition

    Checklist of Goals

    1. Attend all Career Development events. You WILL learn something new.
    2. Join professional organizations within your chosen field. Student rates are often significantly cheaper!
    3. Maintain relationships with faculty and mentors. Ask permission to use them as references.
    4. Continue to obtain relevant experiences.
    5. Meet with one of Career Development’s advisors to discuss resources and strategies for your specific career goals. Will you need to continue your education?
    6. Edit your application material (for employment and/or graduate school) to reflect your strengths, qualifications, and goals.
    7. Research salaries using NACE Salary Guide.
    8. Determine geographic preference(s) and research employers within that area. Access Glassdoor for an inside look at companies (salaries, reviews, interview questions and more).
    9. Start writing cover letters. Refer to Resume and Cover Letter package at Career Development for tips and examples (grab them for free at University Center Room 107).
    10. Continue cultivating contacts and talking with professionals in your field. Networking works!
    11. Fine-tune your interviewing skills using interview tips, then contact Career Development to participate in a Mock Interview.
    12. Follow up interviews with thank-you letters. They really do make a difference!

Career Exploration

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Would you like to meet one-on-one with a career counselor? Contact Career Development and schedule an appointment.

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