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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

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 sumé 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

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