January 22, 2013

Career Planning Timeline – Set goals & get going!

A lot of you come into our office from Freshman through Senior year unsure of when you are supposed to start thinking about your career.  We get it… This is a scary process and everyone attacks it at their own pace.  With a changing economy and employers expecting (and wanting) students to have a few professional experiences under their belt before they enter the working world, it is essential to start thinking about your career sooner rather than later.

To help you get on track, the Career Planning Center has developed an easy timeline – check it out & get going… Your career is waiting!

Freshman Year

  • Make an appointment with the Career Planning Center to meet with staff, talk about your goals, aspirations and how to best utilize the next four years.
  • Start thinking about what you want to major in! Research different majors & career paths – utilize What Can I Do With This Major to help answer some questions.

Sophomore Year

  • Join Sophomore Success – Weekly dinner conversations focused on career related topics (Resume development, Job/Internship search, digital branding, LinkedIn, & much more!).
  • Consider taking one or both of the “self-assessment inventories” such as the Myers-Briggs, or the Strong Interest Inventory.  It is important to keep in mind; these are not designed to tell you what you should do, rather to help you get a better handle on who you are and what that means in the context of your career.
  • Begin drafting a resume! Check out our Resume Handout to help you start the process.
  • Log into Experience to get familiar with how it works. It is important to note, if you are an accounting or finance major there might be internships available for you already!
  • If you feel motivated (go gettum) – start thinking about internships for the summer.

Junior Year

  • Review your resume with a Career Planning Counselor to develop it further, add your summer internships, and begin to tailor it for specific internship applications
  • Identify internship opportunities – whether it’s through Experience or your major, it is essential you get at least one this year.
  • Practice interviewing techniques with Counselors and take advantage of Mock Interview opportunities with real employers.
  • Create a LinkedIn Account and begin building your network. One way to start doing that is to join the Fairfield Alumni Group.
  • Participate in the Career Fair so you can see what it is like, begin meeting employers and researching who you might want to work for.

Senior Year

  • Fine-tune your resume by adding additional internships and jobs.
  • Hone your interviewing techniques by participating in mock interviews.
  • Read the Experience calendar daily to check for on campus recruiting opportunities.
  • Network with alumni through the Fairfield Alumni Network (FAN) and LinkedIn.
  • Attend the fall and spring Career Fair.
  • Apply for jobs on Experience and other job search engines.

You can do it and we are here to help all along the way.

     

Steph Grejtak

 Assistant Director,  Career Planning Center

 

 

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