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Steps to Successful Career & Money Management Planning for 4-Year Degree Programs

Careers and financial fitness take time to develop. Your goal is to graduate with meaningful work and the skills to manage your finances. This action plan can help you achieve your dreams.

Year One: Explore

  • Learn about yourself. Take a career assessment like Focus 2
  •  Meet with a career specialist to discuss academic and career paths.
  •  Begin Financial Fitness series with Student Money Management Center (SMMC). Attend Budgeting & Goal Setting workshop.
  • Join a student organization related to your career interests. Be an active member.
  • Volunteer in areas related to your career interests.

Year Two: Prepare

  • Speak with professionals in your field of interest to confirm your choice and begin building a network of connections.
  • Learn to write resumes and get feedback from a career specialist. Consider looking for a first internship.
  • Attend ‘Building Your Credit’ workshop. Consult with SMMC professional.
  • Seek a leadership role in a student club.

Year Three: Experience

  • Find and complete an internship or career-related part-time job.
  • Join a professional association related to your field. Attend local meetings or conferences.
  • Revise your professional materials to include your new experiences.
  • Begin a LinkedIn profile and have it reviewed by a Career Specialist.
  • Attend financial fitness series workshop. Learn how to save and plan finances at the SMMC.

Year Four: Succeed

  • Start early and learn to use multiple job search strategies. Attend a job search workshop  or talk with a career specialist.
  • Sharpen interview skills; complete a mock interview with a career specialist.
  • Visit Career Services to enhance your social media presence.
  • Attend a workshop to learn salary negotiation techniques
  • Attend Risk Management workshop to learn about insurance and protecting your savings.

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