Your Path to Career Success

Self Discovery (Freshmen)

  • Begin to clarify your career interests through classes, student organizations, and community service (visit the Learn and Serve Office).
  • Choose your initial major and/or concentration and learn about your potential career paths.
  • Talk to individuals already employed about careers related to your interests.
  • Visit the Career Services office to discuss ideas for the future, internships, and summer employment opportunities.
  • Obtain a part-time and/or summer job to develop interpersonal skills, help finance your education, and build responsible work habits.
  • Still deciding on a major? Check out the Academic Exploration Program.

Explore Options (Freshmen & Sophomores)

  • Meet with a Career Services professional to begin compiling interests, strengths, skills, abilities and values using self-assessment inventories available such as the Strong Interest Inventory, Self-Directed Search, My Plan and Myers Briggs Type Indicator.
  • Research careers related to your major choice.
  • Conduct informational interviews with alumni, relatives, and family friends.
  • Obtain information about participating in an internship, which enables you to receive real-world work experience and earn academic credit.
  • Utilize work experience to further develop work-related skills and improve self-confidence.

Experiment and Evaluate (Sophomores & Juniors)

  • Create a resume and have it critiqued by Career Services.
  • Participate in a practice interview to begin articulating what you have learned from your academic and experiential learning opportunities.
  • Explore and apply for internship opportunities.
  • Seek leadership opportunities in campus organizations related to your major.
  • Network and join professional organizations and community groups.
  • Investigate the role of graduate school in your chosen career field by visiting petersons.com and gradschools.com as well as discussing with your academic advisor.

Implement Your Plan (Juniors & Seniors)

  • Define your post-graduation goals and implement your plan.
  • Meet with Career Services to discuss graduate school and/or job search strategies.
  • Understand what employers and graduate/ professional schools are looking for in candidates and be able to discuss how your knowledge, skills and abilities will be an asset to their organization.
  • Attend career fairs to network with job recruiters.
  • Continue to update your resumes and cover letters.
  • Research your options, be open to different opportunities, use your resources to help you Get Hired!