Your Four Year Plan

Plan for a Successful Career

Freshman year

Ask questions and explore your options.

  • Schedule an appointment with career services to familiarize yourself with the services and resources available and Follow us online!
  • Take interest and career inventory tests (contact Career Services for access)
  • Scan the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is filled with information on hundreds of occupations.
  • Write your first resume and have it reviewed by Career Services.
  • Attend on-campus career services events to gather information.
    • SUMMER CAMP FAIR to begin building relevant work experience.
    • Career Fairs to gather information on potential careers and employers.
    • Career Development Workshops.
  • Explore your interests, abilities, and skills through required academics.
  • Join university organizations that will offer you leadership roles in the future.(Campus Resources)
  • Consider volunteer positions to help build your resume.
  • Attend Career Services Workshops.
  • Build your “Academic Success Team.
  • Develop your communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Register with Eagles at Work to take advantage of part-time jobs and internships.

Sophomore Year

Narrow down and test your options.

  • Schedule an appointment with career services to bring yourself up-to-date on what's needed in your career file.
  • Update your resume (with your summer activities) and have it critiqued in the career services office.
  • Create a LinkedIn & update your Eagles at Work profile.
  • Begin an internship, summer, and school-break job opportunities that relate to your interests.
  • Research various occupations in the Occupational Outlook Handbook  and materials in the career center library.
  • Attend on-campus career fairs and employer information sessions relating to your interests.
  • Participate in Mock Interviews.
  • Identify organizations and associations in your interest areas for shadowing opportunities and informational interviews.
    • Join at least one professional or honorary organization related to your major to make contact with people in the professional world.
    • Work toward one leadership position in a university club or activity.
    • Begin to collect recommendations from previous and current employers
    • Put together an interview outfit.
  • Become familiar with employers recruiting on campus and their expectations.  
  • Continue to develop and enhance your skills and marketability through student organizations, internships, and part-time employment.

Junior year

Decide and design your career direction

  • Schedule an appointment with career services to assess your goals and update your resume.
  • Select elective courses that will broaden your academic foundation and expand your employment opportunities.
  • Practice your skills at mock interviews.
  • Attend on-campus career and job fairs and employer information sessions that relate to your interests.
  • Take leadership positions in clubs and career related organizations.
  • Attend professional meetings and conferences.
  • Consider graduate school and get information on graduate entrance examinations.
  • Continue building your “Academic Success Team.”
  • Update and Utilize your Eagles at Work profile.
  • Send thank-you letters after each interview.
  • Start your professional wardrobe.

Senior year

Transition to a successful life after OC!

  • Update your resume and visit the career services office to have it critiqued.
  • Familiarize yourself with the career services calendar and register for on-campus interviews. Also schedule off-campus interviews.
  • Develop an employer prospect list with contact names and addresses from organizations you are interested in pursuing.
  • Gather information on realistic salary expectations. Career Services can help.
  • Attend local association meetings to meet potential employers.
  • Draft a cover letter that can be adapted for a variety of employers and have it critiqued.
  • Participate in interviewing workshops and practice interviews.
  • Read two or more professional or trade publications from your major and career field on a regular basis.
  • If you are planning to go to graduate school, take graduate school entrance exams and complete applications.
  • Follow up on all applications and keep a record of the status of each.
  • Go on second interviews. Evaluate job offers and accept one. Send a thank-you letter.
  • Report all job offers and your acceptance to the career services office.