Plan for a Successful Career
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.
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.
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.
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.