Four-Phase Plan

To assist you through your college experience, the Career Center has developed a Four-Phase Plan:

  • Meet with a career counselor to begin exploring or confirming choice of major. Take a career assessment, if recommended by your career educator.
  • Log in to Handshake and complete your profile.
  • Develop a resume to use on/off campus and in Handshake.
  • Participate in Career Center programs and workshops.
  • Attend the Choices Fair to meet with faculty and representatives from academic programs.
  • Use the Career Center to help you make choices about school-year positions on/off campus and identify summer opportunities.
  • Take advantage of other social/academic organizations through student organizations and services on campus.
  • Continue to meet with your career educator to learn about all career-related issues.
  • Attend workshops and programs sponsored by the Career Center.
  • Make or confirm your choice of major. Begin exploring a double major or minor, if interested.
  • Consider part-time, on-campus positions and internships that relate to your major or would otherwise help you to develop additional skills. Use Career Center services such as counseling, on-campus interviews, and Handshake.
  • Investigate study abroad options available through the Undergraduate Studies Junior Year Abroad program.
  • Explore opportunities for undergraduate research through Undergraduate Studies and/or Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors (SOURCE).
Decide and Commit
  • Send for career materials from professional associations and consider joining one as a student member.
  • Devote a significant amount of time to seeking an internship or Practicum related to your field.
  • Participate in campus organizations and/or volunteer projects. Assume leadership positions.
  • Develop relationships with advisors and faculty members. Identify individuals who will serve as references for graduate school or employment.
  • Explore your options and desire to attend graduate or professional school.
  • If you are interested in medical or law school, contact the pre-law or pre-med advisor about admission processes and testing. Schedule an appointment to meet via Handshake.
Job Search
  • Visit Career Center early for job search assistance.
  • Use appointments with career educators, resources in the Career Center, and workshops for help with resumes, correspondence, interviewing and job search strategies.
  • Network with employers, alumni, family, friends and others.
  • Contact employers using on-campus interviewing, career fairs, and Handshake listings.
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