Attendees mingle before dinner at the Career & Co-op Center's Dine & Dress for Success event.

Clarify your career options and fine-tune self-marketing skills.

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Recommended Activities

Getting Started

Career Exploration/Planning

  • Conduct at least one informational interview with someone working in your target field or occupation; complete and upload the Informational Interview Worksheet (pdf).
  • Send a follow-up “thank you” letter to the person with whom you did your informational interview, using our sample thank-you letters (pdf) as a guide.
  • Read professional journals and other publications related to your areas of professional interest.
  • Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to discuss post-graduation plans.
  • If considering graduate school, see our timeline (pdf) for researching schools and preparing to apply.

Resumes & Cover Letters

  • Update your resume on CareerLINK to include additional experiences, coursework, and/or projects.

Job Search

  • Participate in at least one workshop, hosted by the Career & Co-op Center.
  • Create several Accomplishment Statements, using our sample PARK statements (pdf) as a guide.
  • Complete a Job Search Plan, using provided samples (pdf) as a guide; review with a career counselor.
  • Attend at least one career fair per year, hosted by the Career & Co-op Center.*
  • Send a follow-up letter (or email) to at least one employer you met at the career fair, using our sample thank-you letters (pdf) as a guide.
  • Identify three people whom you could list as a professional reference (professors, supervisors, etc.).
  • Put together a list of references, using our sample format (pdf) as a guide.


  • Join a professional organization to build your network.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile using the LinkedIn Profile Checklist (pdf) as a guide.
  • Attend a LinkedIn Lab, hosted by the Career & Co-op Center.
  • Register for and attend Dine & Dress for Success.

Gaining Experience

  • Participate in one or more experiential learning options (see list below)and use the“Report a Hire” (pdf) feature of CareerLINK to report any applicable experiential learning opportunities*.
Junior Year: Options for Gaining Experience - Consider all options from First and Sophomore years, plus the following:
  • Emerging Scholars - Provides students with a unique year-long opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to a faculty member's on-going research
  • Practium and Internship - For credit experiences through your academic department
  • LSAMP - STEM-related internship opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds

*Completion of these two items and the five from the previous two years will entitle you to inclusion in a resume book, to be provided to employers representing a variety of industries and professions.