Four-Year Checklist

Four-Year Checklist

Freshman Year (Assess)

• Talk with your parents, academic advisors, college staff members, and/or mentors about the different major and career choices you are considering.
• Consider the possibility of taking a lighter course load your first semester or year while adjusting to the transition of college life. Seventeen or 18 credits may not be a realistic goal.
• Take courses that will help you explore your major and career interests.
• Work on developing strong study and time management skills. High school study skills may not be adequate for college level work.
• Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to begin the career development process and review your MyPlan assessment results.
• Get involved in one or two campus activities or organizations related to your interests. This type of involvement can contribute to your career/professional development and will also provide you with experience you can use in building a college resume.
• Register on the CSO’s online career management system, JobGrove, and become familiar with the CSO’s resources (i.e., website, library materials, career tools).
• Plan to attend the CSO’s fall Career Fair, as well as the Internship Fair and/or Camp Fair on campus to begin learning about career opportunities and exploring options.
• Attend the CSO Freshman & Sophomore Career Program which covers a variety of career-related topics such as career/major exploration, resume & cover letter writing, networking tips, internship search strategies, interviewing advice and more!
 

Sophomore Year (Explore)

• Explore and narrow down potential career paths that fit your personality, interests, strengths, values and calling.
• Make a decision on a major if you are still undeclared.
• Take advantage of the services and resources that are provided by the CSO.
• Build your resume by finding a career-related job or internship experience during the summer.
• Brainstorm with your family members and mentors a list of friends or relatives that may work in a field that interests you. Job shadowing and informational interviews are excellent ways to obtain additional information about a career path.
• Plan to attend the CSO’s fall Career Fair, as well as the Internship Fair and/or Camp Fair on campus to continue exploring career options and to network with recruiters.
• Check out our Graduate School Timeline if you think you will be going on to graduate school after college.
• If you are interested in pursuing post-graduate fellowships and scholarships such as the Fulbright, Marshalls, Rhodes, Rotary Ambassadorial, and Mitchell Scholarships, you will want to begin your exploration of those programs as soon as possible.
• Attend the CSO Freshman & Sophomore Career Program which covers a variety of career-related topics such as career/major exploration, resume & cover letter writing, networking tips, internship search strategies, interviewing advice and more!
 

Junior Year (Decide)

• Begin seeking out professional letters of recommendation (faculty, former/current employers, etc.) as they are valuable in pursuing internship and job opportunities, as well as graduate school admittance.
• Obtain leadership responsibilities in clubs or organizations. This is a way of developing marketable work skills.
• Continue to build your resume by obtaining experience related to your career goals through an internship or job (contact the CSO for resume and internship search assistance).
• Plan to attend the CSO’s fall Career Fair, as well as the Internship Fair on campus to more actively seek out internship opportunities and to explore possible post-graduation options.
 

Senior Year (Pursue)

• Attend the senior career program offered by the CSO at the beginning of the school year which will provide you with helpful advice and information for this year’s job search. 
• Intentionally block off time in your schedule this year to devote to your post-graduation career plans, whether that be applying to jobs or graduate/professional school.
• Identify your career goals before embarking on the job search to better focus your efforts.
• Connect with the CSO to discuss career goals and get assistance with your job search (i.e., job search strategies, job fairs, networking through the Alumni Directory or LinkedIn).
• Create or update your resume, prepare cover letters, schedule a mock interview with a CSO counselor, obtain recommendation letters, etc.
• Research organizations where you would like to work (utilize CSO’s resources for that process).
• Plan to attend on/off-campus career fairs and participate in on-campus interview opportunities.
• Demonstrate care and patience with yourself during this time of transition.


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