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Year-By-Year Checklist

First Year: Self-Assessment and Career Exploration

  • Meet new people!
  • Get to know the staff at Career and Personal Development
  • Take the Journey Career Planning Tool and make a follow-up appointment in Career and Personal Development
  • Make sure you register your E-portfolio and keep it up to date
  • Meet with your academic advisor to make sure you are on the right track
  • Join student clubs and organizations - get involved!
  • Get to know faculty and staff
  • Explore the core curriculum
  • Declare your major
  • Attend Career Development Programs
  • Conduct informational interviews
  • Test your interests and abilities
  • Consider college your first job and as a preparation for life
  • Learn about the value of internships
  • Explore your opportunities
  • Develop a “growing” résumé
  • Check out the Career and Personal Development website
  • Look at the “What can I do with my major” pages on the Career and Personal Development site
  • Start a portfolio of your best work
  • Begin to develop/improve your leadership and organizational skills through campus and off campus involvement
  • Begin a Student Life Transcript and Career File
  • Consider looking for a summer job that will help you begin to identify your career interests and gain relevant experience

Sophomore Year: Career Exploration and Internship

  • Do well academically.
  • If you have not already done so, choose a major.
  • Write a resume and have it reviewed by Career and Personal Development staff.
  • Explore career options within your major.
  • Cultivate key campus career contacts and network among them.
  • Participate in sophomore programming!
  • Seek a summer position that will give you direct experience in a field you wish to pursue after graduation.
  • Plan to get relevant work experience through a summer job, job shadowing, or volunteer work.
  • Attend Career and Personal Development workshops, alumni panel discussions, and programs and lectures in your area of interest.

Junior Year: Career Experimentation and Preparation

  • Relate your values, interests and abilities to possible career choices.
  • Develop your career goals.
  • Research thoroughly the occupations you are considering.
  • Interview people about the nature of their jobs in areas that interest you. The Office of Career and Personal Development can help you find alumni that can serve as information resources.
  • Continue to increase your abilities through meaningful extracurricular activities and work.
  • Begin to research programs and entrance requirements if graduate school is in your future. Meet with appropriate advisor.
  • Obtain a quality internship over the summer.
  • Develop relationships with faculty and professionals to enable them to assist in your search and to write letters of recommendation on your behalf.
  • Visit Career and Personal Development often.
  • Practice interviewing.
  • Refine your leadership and organizational skills in campus activities.
  • Refine your resume and portfolio.
  • Keep contact with key campus professionals.
  • Do community service.
  • Attend career fairs.
  • Join at least one professional association to make appropriate contacts.
  • Narrow your career search.
  • Talk to recent graduates about their experiences in areas of interest to you.

Senior Year: Organizing Your Job Search or Graduate School Application

  • Make an appointment to talk with Career and Personal Development staff about your post graduation plans.
  • Have your resume and cover letters critiqued at Career and Personal Development.
  • Establish a credential file.
  • Update your portfolio.
  • Perform mock interviews.
  • Research prospective employers before the interview. Prepare appropriate questions.
  • Attend career fairs and take advantage of all on and off campus recruiting programs.
  • Evaluate each interview. What did you learn? What went well? What could you do better next time?
  • Talk with professionals in your field about opportunities; network with GMC alumni.
  • Write letters of inquiry, visit employers, follow-up!
  • Apply to graduate schools and take all required entrance exams.
  • Use computer job search resources.
  • Read at least two trade publications in your field of study.
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