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Developing Your Career Plan

The following chart is issued during many career development workshops and programs. Reviewing it may help you recall the people, activities, courses, and experiences that influenced your career decision making. Now that you are developing a career plan, you can draw on the insights and achievements of your college years. The self-confidence gained from your accomplishments, and your ability to persevere, will serve you well in your career and job search.


Freshman Year (Inquiry and Awareness)

Consider college as preparation for your life.
Enroll in core courses with help of advisors.
Make a tentative selection of a major field.
Study the student guide to learn of resources available on campus.
Start your personal development (activities, internships, etc.).
Learn the academic system and utilize the bulletin and schedule of courses.
Begin to consider possible career choices.
Get to know faculty, counselors and administrators.
Pick up bimonthly career center calendar of events.

Summer Vacation - get a job earn money, get work experience, learn to get along with people, develop maturity.


Sophomore Year (Assessment and Exploration)

Complete introductory courses in your prospective major field.
Self-assessment: compile interests, strengths, skills, values, and abilities; attend career center workshop and career life planning sessions.
Utilize "CHOICES" Career Guidance System
Read up on fields of interest, attend career panels, get an internship.
Explore occupations: training needed, demands for jobs, and alternatives.
Make a tentative career choice.
Get to know counselors, faculty, administrators and career advisors.

Summer Vacation - get a job, earn money, develop skills and confidence, build a good work reputation.


Junior Year (Testing Career Decision)

Join organizations to develop leadership skills.
Utilize the career resource library.
Get a career-related internship.
Assume responsibility for making a decision on your life's work.
Consider alternative careers.
Begin to combine reality testing with values and skills assessment.
Test your qualifications for work in your possible carer field(s).
Get to know faculty, counselors, administrators, and career advisors.
Take a course in career development.
Take electives in other areas.

Summer Vacation - try out work in your potential field, compile inventory of interests, values, and skills.


Senior Year (Job Search)

Complete the course requirements in your major(s).
Plan your job or graduate school campaigns.
Attend workshops on resumes, cover letters, interviews, and job search techniques.
Take interviews on campus.
Discuss opportunities with faculty and counselors.
Choose the faculty and administrators you want to use for references.
Develop a timetable for your career development after graduation.
Learn how to network.