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Four Year Career Plan

Four Year Career Plan

Freshman Year: Awareness, Discover & Explore

-Register on Cards CareerLink, UofL’s source for jobs, networking and career-related events.

-Meet with your Career Coach to identify interests, skills, work values and personality preferences—key factors in the career decision‐making process—by taking the career assessments offered in the Career Development Center.

-Explore the "What Can You Do With A Major In..." series posted on our web site.

-Start gathering information on careers you are interested in pursuing.

-Visit the Career Development Center (Houchens Building LL03).

-Explore career choices through informational interviews with Alumni in your field. Check out the Career Development Center Alumni Mentoring Program to help get you started.

-Let Career Services help you transition your résumé from high school to college.

-Attend career fairs and other events just to gather occupational information.

-Study the college catalog and schedule; learn how the university works and the academic system. Choose courses with the help of an adviser; use elective courses to help explore your career interests. You may discover a new path.

-Meet and develop relationships with campus faculty, advisers and administrators. These are the people who can mentor you with career information, and they can also be used as references in your future job searches.

-Develop and enhance your computer skills.

-Take a foreign language, because it will be a valuable tool in your career and a great selling point to a potential employer.

-Work on your study skills.

-Focus on good grades from the beginning; your future employer will probably ask you about your GPA.

-Attend leadership development workshops.

-Join student organizations and clubs that are of interest to you.

-Volunteer for community service.

-Investigate part-time and summer jobs related to your field of study.

-Meet with your adviser to discuss and plan your schedule for next semester with these career development tips in mind.

 

Sophomore Year: Research, Investigate & Choose

-Join student organizations and professional associations related to your intended career field.

-Use our Job Search Tutorials to learn about résumés, cover letters, thank you notes and interviewing.

-When developing your résumé, include transferable skills from all work experiences you have had.

-Upload your résumé on Cards CareerLink.

-Keep your résumé up to date with each new job you hold and/or student organization you join – you never know when you might need it.

-Continue exploring occupations through our web site, the Internet, newspapers, magazines and books, your classes, your faculty career fairs and presentations, alumni interviews, networking with professionals in your field of interest, professional associations.

-Use informational interviewing to gather information, build contacts and improve your interviewing skills.

-Meet with a Career Coach to develop a comprehensive search strategy for gaining career related work experience through a part-time job, volunteer experience, co-op, or internship while still in school.

-Attend career fairs and other career events to gather additional information and seek out career related opportunities while still in school.

-Meet with your adviser and make a tentative selection of a major. Lay out your long-range plans and develop a semester-by-semester schedule of courses.

-Consider becoming a tutor in your area of interest--they say if you can teach a subject, then you really understand the subject.

-Begin developing leadership skills by joining relevant student and professional organizations or work toward a leadership position within an organization.

-Continue developing relationships with faculty and other mentors.

-Pursue another summer job in your field of interest.

-Continue in or select an additional volunteer/service experience.

-Learn how to develop a portfolio.

-Learn how to use social media like Facebook and LinkedIn to assist you in your job search.

-Continue to choose electives that will provide additional desirable skills like computer skills, foreign language skills or things more specific to area of interest.

-Maintain a good GPA.

-Talk to alumni regarding specifics about your major or chosen career.

 

Junior Year: Experience, Evaluate & Build a Foundation

-Decide if graduate or professional school is necessary to reach your career goals. If it is, start planning at the beginning of your junior year and attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair in the fall.

-Conduct research to determine the types of entry-level positions for which you might qualify.

-Schedule an appointment to have your résumé(s) and cover letter(s) professionally critiqued by your Career Coach in the Career Development.

-Set up your Interfolio account, so that you can begin to learn how to manage your references online.

-Update your résumé and upload the revised version on Cards CareerLink.

-Learn appropriate attire for recruitment events. Purchase a business professional suit and shoes.

-Complete part-time jobs, volunteer experiences, internships and/or co-ops in your field of study.

-Join a professional association to continue to increase your network of contacts, to continue developing your networking skills and to build career related experience to help build your résumé.

-Fine-tune your interview skills by scheduling a mock interview with a Career Coach in the Career Development Center.

-Use Cards CareerLink to begin to apply for full-time jobs and to participate in the on-campus interviewing program.

-Continue taking electives that support your major.

-Continue to keep your résumé up to date.

-Attend any and all career fairs and career events to continue gathering information and contact related to your career choice.

-Continue to practice the skills that you will need to be successful in your chosen career field. Work to develop your writing, public speaking, teamwork, critical thinking, foreign language skills and specific technological skills.

-Use informational interviewing to gather information, build contacts and improve your interviewing skills.

-Become knowledgeable about the job-search process and/or graduate schools.

-Become of fan of the Career Development Center on Facebook for interesting posts and discussions.

-Join the UofL group on LinkedIn to begin your online professional presence.

-Maintain a good GPA.

-Learn how to use a professional portfolio during your interview to help you sell your knowledge, skills and abilities.

-Continue involvement in leadership positions in students organizations.

 

Senior Year: Plan Transitions, Apply & Achieve

-Continue to follow the Graduate/Professional School Timeline, if applicable.

-Develop your personal statement and have it critiqued by your Career Coach in the Career Development Center.

-Identify professionals who are willing to serve as references and write letters of recommendation.

-Use Interfolio to store and distribute your letters of reference and transcripts.

-Collect reference letters from faculty and apply to graduate school.

-Schedule a mock interview to prepare for full-time job or graduate/professional school interviews.

-Use Cards CareerLink to identify and apply for full-time job opportunities and participate in the On-Campus Interviewing Program.

-Remember to tailor your résumé and cover letter to each full-time position for which you apply.

-Use your personal network to identify opportunities.

-Send thank you letters to employers with whom you interview and to your references.

-Attend career fairs and other events.

-Attend a professional association conference to continue to increase your network of contacts, to continue developing your networking skills and to build the career related experience necessary to build your résumé.

-Identify job search values--location, benefits, salary, opportunity, etc.

-Continue to fulfill leadership opportunities in student organizations and clubs of which you are a part.

-If you have not completed at least one internship (paid or unpaid) in your field of interest, investigate the possibilities of one before you graduate. Remember that in today’s job market, employers are looking for practical experience as well as degrees earned.

-Continue to practice the skills that you will need to be successful in your chosen career field. Work to develop your writing, public speaking, teamwork, critical thinking, foreign language skills and specific technological skills.

-Attend all Career Fairs and other job recruitment opportunities.

-Apply for positions and interview with potential employers.

-Revise and update portfolio--complete with examples of work in Interfolio.

-Maintain a good GPA.

-Meet with a career coach to discuss your post-graduation plans and goals.

-If you haven't done so already, become of fan of the Career Development Center on Facebook for interesting posts and discussions.

-Join the UofL group on LinkedIn to begin your online professional presence.

-Graduate! And join the UofL Alumni Association.

 

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