Become Aware of Self and Resources
Checklist of Goals
- Explore your interests, personality, work values, skills and motivations.
- 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.
- Visit the academic department website of your considering majors to see if you are interested in studying them by reading course descriptions.
- Learn more about careers of interest through occupation information.
- Identify career options within majors of interest using the “What Can I Do with This Major?” resource on the Career Development.
- Think about getting apart-time job using Jobs4Ram.
- Start shaping your Jobs4Ram profile with items such as résumé, and/or even a portfolio, if you are in the creative field.
- Get involved in clubs or student organizations.
- Go to all your classes and do your best academically. Remember your priorities.
- Attend Career Development programs and events. It’s not too early!
- Range for summer job or volunteer position related to your major/career/industry goals.
Explore Majors and Careers
Checklist of Goals
- 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.
- Explore careers of interest. Visit Career Development for occupational information material.
- Determine if your career goals require additional education and/or training.
- 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.
- Update your information on Jobs4Ram and/or electronic portfolio and have a Career Development staff member critique it.
- 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.
- Visit the Career Development website for a list of career-related activities (job fairs, etiquette dinners, etc.) and mark your calendar to attend.
- Consider a minor that will enhance your qualifications and/or broaden your marketability.
- Maintain a strong GPA. It matters!
- Work toward leadership positions in your student organizations and develop transferable (communication, organization, time management, etc.)
Gain Marketable Experience
Checklist of Goals
- Continue to maintain a strong GPA.
- Seek a leadership/officer position within your student organizations to strengthen your skills and your résumé.
- Develop mentor/ee relationships with key individuals who may serve as references.
- Check the Career Development website for a list of events and mark them on your calendar. Practice your skills by attending job fairs.
- Establish goals for a summer or fall internship that focuses on a specialty area in your field.
- Keep your information on Jobs4Ram and electronic portfolio up-to-date.
- Refer to Job Search Assistance and Strategies webpage to start outlining job search plan.
- Watch the CandidCareer videos on the Career Development website to learn more about networking and interviewing
- Build your network using LinkedIn by connecting with faculty, alumni, and peers.
- 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.
- Research graduate or professional school qualifications, required application materials and deadlines. Register for any appropriate entrance exam.
- Visit the Interview Tips webpage to refine your interviewing skills. Answer the questions, record your responses, and critique your performance.
- 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.
- Investigate several professional organizations in your career field.
- Incorporate internship in your degree plan. High GPA is not enough to impress recruiters.
Job Search and Transition
Checklist of Goals
- Attend all Career Development events. You WILL learn something new.
- Join professional organizations within your chosen field. Student rates are often significantly cheaper!
- Maintain relationships with faculty and mentors. Ask permission to use them as references.
- Continue to obtain relevant experiences.
- 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?
- Edit your application material (for employment and/or graduate school) to reflect your strengths, qualifications, and goals.
- Research salaries using NACE Salary Guide.
- Determine geographic preference(s) and research employers within that area. Access Glassdoor for an inside look at companies (salaries, reviews, interview questions and more).
- 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).
- Continue cultivating contacts and talking with professionals in your field. Networking works!
- Fine-tune your interviewing skills using interview tips, then contact Career Development to participate in a Mock Interview.
- Follow up interviews with thank-you letters. They really do make a difference!