Create a Plan

Create a Plan

Make an appointment with your academic advisor for assistance in formulating a plan of action.

Consult a Career Development Specialist in the Career Center.


Career Planning Year-By-Year
Use this plan to guide you through each year here at the University of Louisville. It will also provide you with reminders and tips for success for each milestone and transition.


Freshman Year Getting started!

Explore majors and careers and decide on your direction.

1.  Meet with your academic advisor about majors and course selection.
2.  If undecided, consult with multiple A&S academic departments and students to find out more about a certain major.
3.  Explore ALL UL undergraduate degrees.
4.  Research pre-professional programs (law, med, vet).
5.  Focus on good grades to keep options open.  Seek academic assistance at REACH.
6.  Research majors using What Can I Do with a Major in&?
7.  Take personality and work style assessments.
8.  Conduct informational interviews with professionals in fields of interest.
9.  Join student organizations to explore career interests and develop leadership skills.
10.  Talk with employers - attend career fairs and information sessions.
11.  Develop a resume and organize accomplishments.

During the summer, choose activities to help you bring clarity to your direction. Early fall of your sophomore year, review your options to gain career-related experience through internships and co-ops, study abroad, undergraduate research and volunteer and service projects.

Sophomore Year Moving forward.

Continue to explore careers while developing a portfolio of skills and experiences. Begin your search for an internship or co-op early in the first semester.

1.  Maintain good grades to create choices and more opportunities.  Seek academic assistance at REACH.
2.  Begin to narrow down your areas of concentration.
3.  Research majors using What Can I Do with a Major in&?
4.  Consider graduate school; speak with advisors and graduate students.
5.  Join student organizations to explore career interests and develop leadership skills.
6.  Expose yourself to leadership opportunities.
7.  Gain career-related experience as an intern.
8.  Update and refine your resume.
9.  Talk with employers - attend career fairs and information sessions.
10.  Prepare for interviews. 
11.  Continue with informational interviews, career and employer research, and career assessment.
12.  Investigate opportunities to study abroad or domestically with National Student Exchange (NSE).
13.  Pursue employment, volunteer or academic research opportunities to gain experience.

During the summer, work hard, document your experiences, and secure references and recommendations for future use. Be prepared to jump right into your graduate school and/or job search as soon as school starts in the fall.

Junior Year Focus your studies.

Continue to explore career interests and employers as well as seek out opportunities for hands-on experiences in your field of choice.

1.  If you have not already, declare your major and minor areas of study.
2.  Continue to pursue internship, practicum and clinical training experiences in your field.
3.  Attend programs sponsored by the University, companies, and organizations related to career opportunities.
4.  Begin to investigate graduate programs and professional schools.
5.  Plan to take appropriate graduate school exams:  GRE (General), GMAT (Business), LSAT (Law School), MCAT (Medical School), DAT (Dentistry).  Prep courses for these exams are highly recommended.
6.  Conduct company research and prepare a list of potential employers related to your interests.  Visit company websites    and begin networking.
7.  Evaluate your resume and look for opportunities to enhance it.
8.  Network with your departmental faculty members and advisors.

Senior Year Finish strong!

Focus on successful completion of your degree with a strong finish. Begin your job search at the start of your senior year.

1.  Continue to focus on good grades.
2.  Check the A&S Graduation Checklist.
3.  Attend senior workshops related to marketing yourself, resume development, interviewing skills, and job search.
4.  Prepare and submit applications for graduate study.
5.  Update and refine your resume.
6.  Attend local and regional job fairs.
7.  Conduct research on all potential employers.
8.  Prepare a list of references.
9.  Obtain copies of your transcript from the Registrars Office.
10.  Watch for deadlines for graduate school applications.
11.  Check the commencement website.
12.  Prepare a portfolio of work samples, if relevant for your field.