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Senior Year

Implement final steps toward your post-graduation plans.

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Recommended Activities


Getting Started

Refer to the First Year's Getting started activities


Career Exploration/Planning

  • Begin applying for graduate education programs during first semester of senior year, if applicable.

Resumes & Cover Letters

  • Update your resume and have it reviewed in an appointment or during drop-in hours.*
  • Replace original CareerLINK resume with updated document.

Job Search

  • Create several Accomplishment Statements, using our sample PARK statements (pdf) as a guide.
  • Participate in a practice interview (in-person or via InterviewStream).
  • Participate in at least two career events, hosted by the Career & Co-op Center.*
  • Participate in on-campus recruiting whenever relevant.
  • Attend at least one career fair.
  • Research at least two companies you’d like to work for, using the Company Research Guide (pdf).
  • Confirm that you have a minimum of three professional references; fine-tune your reference document, using our sample format (pdf) as a guide.
  • Begin applying for post-graduation employment.

Networking

  • Continue connecting with people on LinkedIn, following employers and identifying second-degree connections.
  • 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.
  • Attend conferences or professional association meetings.
  • Register for and attend Dine & Dress for Success.

Gaining Experience

Gaining Experience
  • Continue to pursue leadership opportunities in clubs, organizations, and activities.
  • 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.
Senior Year: Options for Gaining Experience

Consider all options from First Year, Sophomore Year, and Junior Year, plus the following:

  • Post-graduation Employment - Professional entry-level job opportunity, ideally related to your academic major and/or area of professional interest
  • Service Opportunity - An opportunity to serve your community through Peace Corps, Americorps program, the military, or other similar organization
  • Graduate School - A full-time or part-time academic degree program designed to enhance your credentials

*Completion of these three items and the seven items from previous years will entitle you to inclusion in a resume book (to be provided to employers representing a variety of industries and professions), and a luncheon with invited employers and University leaders.