Implement final steps toward your post-graduation plans.
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Refer to the First Year's Getting started activities
- Begin applying for graduate education programs during first semester of senior year, if applicable.
- Update your resume and have it reviewed in an appointment or during drop-in hours.*
- Replace original CareerLINK resume with updated document.
- 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.
- 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.
Senior Year: Options for 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.
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.