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Career Planning

It is never to early to start planning for your future. No matter what stage of your job or career search process you are in, Career Services can help you reach your professional goals. Check out the list below to see if you are on the right career planning track. Should you need assistance or want additional personalized advice, simply visit Handshake to set up an appointment with your own career adviser

  • 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 résumé.
  • Login and update your Handshake account with Career Services.
  • Interview for a summer job related to your career interests.
  • Continue your appraisal of your personal interests, needs, skills, values, and goals.
  • Talk to individuals doing work of interest to you (informational interviewing).
  • Logi n to your Handshake account to update your profile and upload your résumé 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.
  • 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 résumé 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 and 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.
  • Login to your Handshake account to update your profile.
  • Update your résumé 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.