Clarify your career options and fine-tune self-marketing skills.
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- 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.
- 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.
Junior Year: Options for 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*.
Consider all options from First
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.