Am I On Track?
Tips from Your Career Center
Goals: Succeed in college. Find out who you are. Get involved
- Register with SUNlink
- Explore your interests, skills, values and what motivates you.
- Work on developing relationships with professors, advisors, university staff, etc.; to help you discover your talents and enhance your interests.
- Take an online career assessment at the Career Center and/or try Choices or Eureka for a vocational assessment.
- Take a University 100 class.
- Get involved and participate in campus and community activities. Volunteer for a one day activity or join a student club or organization.
- Apply for work-study through the Financial Aid Office and check SUNlink to find a part-time job.
Goals: Build skills. Explore career options. Choose a major
- Now is the time to explore careers that relate to your interests and emerging talents. Utilize the Career Center's Resource Library to explore your options and attend Career Center events, workshops, panels and clinics.
- Take an introductory course in your major or choose GE or other exploratory courses to test your interests.
- Make use of the Career Center, the Advising Resource Center or an academic advisor to assist you in choosing your major.
- Explore majors by writing assigned papers on theory and on real-life practices. For example, if you are interested in politics and you are enrolled in a history course, why not write about the history of a local political campaign?
- Make your part-time jobs, seasonal jobs and internships count. Find career related positions that offer advancement or can serve as related experience.
- Begin developing a career plan. Write or update your resume (attend a Resumania event, access the SUNlink's Resume Workshop and/or attend a Resume Clinic at the Career Center). Learn job search strategies from the Career Center and interview skills by attending a clinic at the Career Center or accessing the Interview Workshop on SUNlink.
- Work on increasing your communication skills. Ask professors for assistance.
- Investigate the possibility of spending your Junior year abroad or in a national exchange program
Goals: Gain relevant work experience. Make connections. It's time for internship.
- Use your assigned papers as a way to connect to your major and career choice.
- Having doubts about your major? Most careers don't depend on an exact choice of major. See how you can stay on track for graduation and ultimately find the job you want. Have a Career Center Peer advise you on research and, if necessary, meet with a career counselor.
- Strengthen your interview skills and do a mock interview with the Career Center.
- Get involved in activities that build leadership and critical thinking skills. Join in student activities such as student government, internships, mentoring peers and emerging leader programs.
- Select elective courses to broaden your academic foundation, develop new skills, and expand your employment opportunities. See your academic advisor.
- Gain information and begin to establish a professional network by attending career events such as job fairs and interact with alumni and employers.
- Do an internship to gain experience and knowledge. Build skills and develop your professional self.
- Meet with a career counselor to help you with the career planning process. Review your plan and stay on track.
- Thinking about graduate school? Talk to your professors.
Goals: Put it all together. Finalize career plans. Get prepared for the job search.
- Organize your job search or begin your grad school application process.
- Avoid panic and just "settling", make time to do a real job search. Investigate organizations and industries. Do informational interview. Use the Career Center's Resource Library and the Career Center Peers for help.
- Stay on top of your career plan. Pay close attention to deadlines. Come to the Career Center if you need assistance.
- Ask professors, employers, mentors, and/or anyone else that will provide you with a good, 'professional' letter of recommendation. Also, ask certain people if you can use them as a 'phone' reference. Provide them with a copy of your resume or a 'fact sheet' that will aid them.
- Check SUNlink job listings frequently.
- Ask your professors if they have company connections or leads.
- Maintain relationships with our professional network. Let others know that you are seeking employment.