Your career planning doesn’t begin as you prepare to graduate. The process of identifying a career path begins day one of your freshman year. Here are some suggestions for the evolution of your career planning process:
- Select a major if you’re certain what you want to do; otherwise, use this year to explore the vast array of subjects, careers, and vocations that interest you.
- Learn the connections between majors and careers.
- Get to know faculty, staff, and administrators who will be helpful as references and resources for your career planning.
- Volunteer! There are many ways you can gain experience through our community service placements and through community organizations.
- Work part-time—the experience you gain will add to your resume!
- Get involved—there are a number of clubs and organizations through which your involvement will provide resume-worthy experience. Attend events hosted by various offices on campus, such as the Etiquette Luncheon, the graduate school fair, job fairs, resume-writing workshops, and other events available to you.
- Get out of your room. Go to the sports events, the lectures, the concerts and performances, Student Life events, Campus Ministries offerings, workshops, and other programs and take advantage of all of the resources available to you on this campus. You will learn from everything you do.
- Establish a relationship with your adviser(s) and work with your adviser(s) closely so that you progress toward graduation not only in your major, but also in your minor or areas of concentration.
- Begin to explore graduate programs if further study is your intention. Many programs require completion of specific courses at the undergraduate level. Plan to take those courses during your four years at Huntingdon or through reciprocal agreements with other colleges.
- Develop your communication skills. Believe it or not, communication skills are the skills employers value most and believe students most often lack. If you take technical writing and public speaking courses, practice mock interviews, and go to resume-writing clinics, you’ll have a head start on these valued skills.
- Declare your major if you haven’t already, so that you can begin taking courses pertinent to your goals.
- Explore internship and job shadowing possibilities through the CCV.
- Stay involved!
- Keep volunteering!
- Begin to build your resume by keeping a list of your involvements, activities, accomplishments, awards, service, and leadership.
- Take personality and aptitude tests if you are still searching for a vocational direction.
- Attend a Department of Chemistry “boot camp” if you are preparing for the MCAT or PCAT
- Plan your Huntingdon Plan experience (YES! It’s resume-worthy!)
- Explore graduate school possibilities; become familiar with deadlines and procedures.
- Build your resume further. The CCV will assist you with this process.
- Do an internship.
- Keep up with your credits to be sure you are progressing toward graduation as you expected
- Practice your interviewing skills.
- Take your graduate entrance exams if you plan to go on to graduate or professional school.
- Apply for graduation and be aware of deadlines for ordering your cap and gown, invitations, diploma, etc.
- Apply for graduate school admission.
- Sharpen your resume.
- Apply for positions and attend job fairs.
For more information, contact the Center for Career and Vocation at (334) 833-4556 or firstname.lastname@example.org