4-Year Map to Success

4 Year Map to Success

Laying that foundation doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a four-year process, and we’ll be with you for all of it.

Here’s our formula for your success:

FIRST YEAR: EXPLORE

CONNECT ON CAMPUS

  • Get to know students, staff and faculty.
  • Visit the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership – Talk to Alex & Addie and explore clubs and organizations
  • Meet with your Academic Advisor
  • Stop by the Library and talk to a staff member for a tour of all the available resources.
  • Activate your Handshake account to search for campus employment and internships.
  • Like the CCD on Facebook, follow on Instagram and read HOT NEWS to get updates on events and internships.
  • Stop by the Center for Career Development (CCD) and learn about career resources.

 

DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS & INTERESTS

 

EXPLORE MAJOR & CAREER OPTIONS

  • Speak with peer advisors, faculty, or career counselors about majors and careers.
  • Draft a resume.
  • Attend career related workshops and events.

SECOND YEAR: EXPERIENCE

COMMIT TO YOUR STUDIES

  • Declare your major and minor.
  • Get help from the tutoring center, advisors & peer mentors.

ENGAGE IN EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

BUILD CAREER AWARENESS

  • Complete FOCUS 2 Assessments
  • Draft a resume and cover letter using the CCD guidebooks and review with a career counselor.
  • Attend career panels, workshops and internship and job fairs.
  • Apply for summer internships using Handshake and other CCD recommended resources.
  • Ensure you have professional interview attire.

THIRD YEAR: FOCUS

EXCEL ACADEMICALLY

CULTIVATE YOUR CAREER IDENTITY

PREPARE FOR YOUR SEARCH

 

FOURTH YEAR: ACHIEVE

Finish strong

  • Keep up with your coursework
  • Step into leadership positions.
  • Continue to expand your experiential learning to build your resume.
  • Complete the Graduate Student Survey at the end of your Spring semester to ensure you stay connected with the CCD.

EXPAND CAREER CONNECTIONS

  • Meet with a Career Counselor to create a post-graduation plan.
  • Network with potential employers by attending career related events and job fairs.
  • Join a professional association.
  • Attend an industry event or conference to cultivate your network
  • Connect with alumni through LinkedIn and networking events.

 

IMPLEMENT YOUR SEARCH

  • Start applying for full time jobs prior to graduation (deadlines vary by industry).
  • Use CCD resources to prepare for interviews.
  • Select and contact faculty and past employers to request professional references.
  • Participate in on-campus recruiting & Career Fairs.
  • Applying to Graduate School? Take the GREs
  • Track applications / follow-up.