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4 Year Plan

Remember.... The Academic & Career Advising Center Staff will help you reach and set your career goals. Call x2063 to schedule an appointment.

First Year

  • Take General Education requirements
  • Explore majors of interest by taking classes in those areas and talking with faculty and students in those majors
  • Think about what and how you like to learn and corresponding majors
  • Explore career options by major
  • Complete a self assessment of work values, skills, and interests
  • Review major and career resources on the Academic & Career Advising Center's website under "Exploring Careers"
  • Review books on majors and careers in the Center's Resource Room (Lancaster G08A)
  • Make an appointment to talk with a Career Counselor about choosing a major and/or exploring careers
  • Explore activities on campus and join one

 

Sophomore Year

  • Make a decision on your major if you have not already done so
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in career fields of interest to you
  • Shadow professionals in career fields of interest to you over winter and/or spring break
  • Attend job fairs and employer presentations to learn more about different employers and job opportunities
  • Develop career-related skills (computer, writing, foreign language, oral communication, writing, analytical)
  • Identify internships of interest to you
  • Explore study-abroad programs
  • Establish a positive rapport with faculty in your major
  • Secure a campus or part-time job, volunteer opportunity or summer job to explore a career field of interest
  • Register in CareerConnect to receive information about events through the Academic & Career Advising Center
  • Begin your resume so you can add to it with activities, internships, summer jobs, and campus jobs
 

Junior Year

  • Attend workshops offered by the Academic & Career Advising Center on resume writing, interviewing, internship searching, graduate school application process
  • Start or update your resume and get it in good shape to submit for internships
  • Upload your resume into CareerConnect to submit to employers collecting resumes for internship opportunities through the Academic & Career Advising Center
  • Begin searching for internships in early October-some internships have deadlines as early as November 1
  • Submit your resumes through CareerConnect for the opportunity to interview with employers offering internships and sign up for interviews if selected
  • Identify internships with employers that do not recruit on campus using resources on the Academic & Career Advising Center website and in the Resource Room
  • Attend Job & Internship Fairs
  • Seek positions of leadership in campus organizations and/or volunteer services
  • Explore the option of attending graduate or professional school
  • Decide when to take the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc...
  • Research graduate programs
  • Secure letters of recommendation for your internship and job search or graduate or professional school application

 

Senior Year

  • Organize your job search and strategies for obtaining full-time
    employment
  • Target desired industries and determine geographical
    preference(s)
  • Complete resume consistent with industry preference
  • Research and gather information on companies in chosen industries
  • Identify employers, submit resumes and schedule on-campus
    interviews through CareerConnect
  • Pursue interviews with employers not scheduled to visit campus
  • Attend Job & Internship Fairs
  • Schedule a mock interview
  • Continue to attend various career-related workshops and employer presentations
  • Finish researching graduate programs
  • Complete graduate school applications to meet established deadlines
  • Update your CareerConnect profile, particularly your email address, if you are still searching after graduation