Career Planning Timetable

Freshman Year

  • Analyze your personal interests, needs, skills, values, and goals.
  • Participate in campus organizations and activities that interest you.
  • Check out careers by attending career fairs; using the Career Services Resource Library and discussing ideas with professors, career advisers, academic counselors, and others.
  • Use the Focus Program at www.hiresooner.com
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  • Participate in career interest testing at the Assessment and Learning Center.
  • Use Career Services to learn to write a resume.
  • 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).
  • Take courses to assist you with career decisions, e.g., EDPY 2012.
  • 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.
  • For help deciding on a major visit University College's Majors/Career Exploration.
  • Review HIREsooner internship and co-op listings and apply, if interested.
  • Activate your HIREsooner account with Career Services to have your resume included in the OU resume books and to interview in the Career Services offices for internships or co-ops.

Junior Year

  • Enhance your job search, business etiquette, resume writing, and interviewing skills by attending workshops and webinars or using the resources available at Career Services.
  • Be active in campus organizations to develop leadership and communication skills.
  • Update your resume and have it critiqued by Career Services.
  • Activate your HIREsooner account with Career Services to have your resume included in the OU resume books and to interview on-campus for internships or co-ops.
  • Review HIREsooner internship and co-op listings and apply, if interested.
  • Research employers in your field through the Internet, the library, or Career Services.
  • Attend career fairs to expand your contacts and to apply for internships or co-ops.
  • Enroll in a course to learn the most effective job search techniques (CAS 4091 or Engr 3510).

Senior Year

  • Activate your HIREsooner account with Career Services to have your resume included in the OU resume books and to interview on-campus for internships or co-ops.
  • 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 on the Web and register with those with positions related to your career interests.
  • Review HIREsooner job listings and apply, if interested.