Whether you are a first-year, sophomore, junior, or senior, the spring semester is an important time. Between classes and extracurriculars, it can be hard to remember you are working to achieve one goal: employment after graduation. If you don’t know or have the time to think about what you should be doing this semester, read on to find out!
First Years: Narrowing your focus
- If you are not already, get involved in campus activities to develop leadership skills. You can find out about all the student organizations here to see which ones are right for you.
- At this point, you want to be comfortable with your major(s) and/or minor(s) so you can narrow your career focus and pursue experiences relevant to that focus. If you are still unsure about your major/minor, check out our resource guide.
- Start the first draft of your résumé. Find out how here and drop into our office for additional help.
Sophomores: Pursuing experience
- Read about careers that interest you online.
- Make sure you are building good relationships with professors in your area of interest.
- Make your summer count — use it to explore a career through a job, internship, volunteer service or shadow experience. Not sure how to where to start your search? Find out here.
- Go to CareerFest to get your feet wet looking internships and gaining interview skills.
- Go to CareerFest. This is a critical step in helping you land a job or internship now or for the summer.
- Keep your eyes open for internship opportunities. It is not too early to look for summer internships. You can look on our database or list of other resources to find the internship that is right for you.
- If you haven’t stopped in our office yet, now is the time. Our PCAs and directors are happy to help you in the internship search process and writing resumes/cover letters.
Seniors: Looking for employment
- Update your résumé and drop in so we can help you make sure it is polished and ready for the hiring employers.
- Begin the job search, and interview process. CareerFest is a great way to get started!
- Our database or list of other resources is not just for internships. You can find full-time positions listed on there, too.
- If you have time this semester, get another internship to broaden your experiences and your professional contacts.
These guidelines may not work for everyone – and that’s okay. Preparing yourself for full-time employment is challenging and stressful. If you feel overwhelmed, come in and talk with us about your career path and we can help you make sure you are on the right track!