Four-Year Career Plan
To assist you in preparing for life after graduation, the Office of Career and Professional Development recommends the following four-year plan.
Explore: What do I want to do?
Decide: What can I do?
Experience: How do I need to develop myself further?
Implement: How can I secure the next step after graduation?
Explore – Freshman Year
- Meet with your Career Development Specialist at the Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) to identify interests, skills, and personal/work values.
- Visit the Major and Career Exploration Center to take a career assessment and schedule an interpretation session.
- Review major handouts for more information about job types, skills, and other resources.
- Get involved! Participate in campus activities and explore campus organizations that might interest you.
- Conduct informational interviews with professionals in your career field of interest.
- Seek part-time, summer, and volunteer opportunities to explore career interests and gain valuable experience.
- Science, technology, and engineering majors should begin exploring co-op and internship opportunities for sophomore year.
- Create a Handshake profile and download the app.
- Take GSU 2131: Career Exploration.
Decide – Sophomore Year
- Job shadow! Spend time on the job with a person in your future career.
- Create an effective résumé, have it critiqued by an OCPD staff member, and upload your résumé to Handshake and make it visible to employers.
- Participate in workshops, mock interviews, and other programs sponsored by the OCPD.
- Attend employer information sessions, networking events, or other career fairs to seek internships, co-ops, part-time work, and summer jobs.
- Seek volunteer opportunities to gain valuable experience.
- Get international exposure by participating in a study abroad or international alternative break program.
- Clean up your social media profiles.
Experience – Junior Year
- If considering graduate school, attend the Grad School Fair.
- Develop a job search strategy with your Career Development Specialist.
- Update your résumé and cover letter.
- Research potential employers and decide which ones are most appealing to you.
- Begin acquiring professional business attire.
- Attend career fairs and networking events.
- Participate in on-campus mock interviews with OCPD staff members, employers and/or practice your interviewing skills on InterviewStream.
- Seek leadership positions in student organizations to develop relevant skills.
- Join and become involved in a professional association in your field.
- Seek internships and co-ops to gain relevant experience.
- Consider applying for the Legislative Internship Program.
- Register for GSU 2132: Professional Development Seminar.
Implement – Senior Year
- If considering graduate school, take necessary graduate entrance exams; apply for admissions and graduate assistantships. Pay attention to deadlines!
- Update your résumé and cover letter; make résumé available for employers on Handshake.
- Participate in mock interviews, workshops, and other programs sponsored by the OCPD.
- Actively apply for jobs in Handshake.
- Attend career fairs, networking events, and on-campus interviews.
- Visit the Office of Career and Professional Development to identify companies that may not recruit on campus, research them, and apply.
- Continue networking with professionals!
- Create a LinkedIn profile.
Last updated: 10/26/2020