Career Planning Timetable

Freshman Year

  • Identify your personal interests and needs; assess your career skills, values, and goals.
  • Participate in campus organizations and activities that interest you.
  • Check out careers by attending career fairs and discussing ideas with professors, academic counselors, and career advisers in Career Services.
  • Use FOCUS2 to assess interests and learn about majors and careers.
  • Take the Strong Interest Inventory at The Center for Major & Career Exploration.
  • Enroll in UCOL 2021 to assist with choosing a major or schedule an appointment with The Center for Major & Career Exploration.
  • Use Career Services to learn how to create a winning resume.
  • Login and update your Handshake account with Career Services.
  • Interview for a summer job related to your career interests.

Sophomore Year

  • Continue your appraisal of your personal interests, needs, skills, values, and goals.
  • Talk to individuals doing work of interest to you (informational interviewing).
  • Login to your Handshake account to update your profile and upload your resume for employers to view.
  • Take courses to assist you with career decisions (CAS 4091 or ENGR 3510).
  • Attend events featuring employers such as career fairs or meetings sponsored by campus organizations, your department, or your college.
  • Join a campus organization related to your major or career interest.
  • Review the Handshake Job Board and apply for on-campus interviews for internships or co-ops.
  • If your career path requires graduate or professional school, research what education and credentials you will need in advance.

Junior Year

  • Enhance your job search, business etiquette, resume writing, and interviewing skills by attending workshops watching webinars, and by using the resources available in Career Services.
  • Actively develop leadership and communication skills in campus organizations.
  • Update your resume and have it critiqued by Career Services.
  • Login to your Handshake account to update your profile and upload your updated resume for employers to view.
  • Review the Handshake Job Board and apply for on-campus interviews for internships or co-ops.
  • Research employers in your field through the Handshake Employer Database or online by exploring their websites.
  • Attend career fairs to expand your network and apply for internships or co-ops.
  • Enroll in a course to learn the most effective job search techniques (CAS 4091 or Engr 3510).
  • Research graduate or professional programs and required entrance exams and submission deadlines.

Senior Year

  • Login to your Handshake account to update your profile.
  • Update your resume and have it critiqued by Career Services.
  • Attend career fairs dressed professionally with resumes ready to distribute.
  • Attend meetings of professional associations as a student member to network with professionals in your field.
  • Look for opportunities to further develop your leadership skills through a campus organization related to your major or career interest.
  • Become familiar with the various job search sites online that are related to your career interests.
  • Review and apply for full-time postings on the Handshake Job Board.