Smart Women Start Planning For Their Career Early!

First Year

  • Identify your interests, skills and values - assessments at the professional development center can help. 
  • Develop a professional online and social media presence. 
  • Take a variety of courses to explore potential majors. 
  • Make good grades – your past can come back to haunt you. 
  • Complete an internship orientation during Jan-Term. 
  • Get to know your professors, staff, upperclassmen - they may be able to help you with career plans – otherwise known as NETWORKING! 
  • Join a campus organization and strive for a leadership position.

Sophomore Year

  • Research a variety of different careers online, with classes, volunteering, job shadowing Meet with your faculty advisor – a great ally in finding an internship! 
  • Attend the Internship Exploration Fair Develop a resume and apply for Jan-terms and Internships Attend a Board of Visitors Career Panel Complete informational interviews to gain more insight into careers.
  • Take a leadership role in a club or organization – every experience counts! 
  • Get a part-time job or volunteer in a career area you are interested in – experiential learning is invaluable. 
  • Keep in touch with people you meet so that your NETWORK remains fresh! 
  • Update your resume and social media accounts.

Junior Year

  • Update your resume and create a cover letter, have them both reviewed by Student Professional Development and or a faculty member. 
  • Secure a Jan-term or internship in the area of your interest. 
  • Get involved in a PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION that relates to your major. 
  • Start narrowing down your fields of interest. 
  • Attend workshops and events hosted by the Office of Student Professional Development. 
  • Considering graduate school? Take entrance tests if need be. 
  • Visit those potential graduate schools to look for a good fit. 
  • Keep up with your growing NETWORK. 
  • Update your Linkedin Account!

Senior Year

  • Pay close attention to career fairs, on-campus interviews, and other Career-related events. 
  • Conduct a Mock Interview. 
  • Attend conferences or professional meetings hosted by the organizations you belong to. 
  • Update your resume – have a comprehensive resume with everything on it, but be prepared to cut and paste as you target certain employers. 
  • Keep an updated list of contacts that you could use for potential references. You should have 3-5. 
  • Map out job search strategies with the help of your career counselor. 
  • Follow-up with previous employers. 
  • You have now been NETWORKING for a while. By now you have a lot of people you can reach out to… SEE HOW EASY THAT WAS!!!!!!!