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Steps to Successful Career Planning 4-Year Degree Programs

Year One: Explore

  • Learn about yourself. Take a career assessment like Focus 2
  • Meet with a Career Specialist to discuss your results and potential majors or career direction.
  • 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.
  • Begin a LinkedIn profile and have it reviewed by a Career Specialist.
  • 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 conference.
  • Revise your professional materials to include your new experiences.
  • Attend relevant Career Services workshops.

Year Four: Succeed

  • Start early and learn to use multiple job search strategies. Attend a job search workshop.
  • Develop your interviewing skills and practice with a career specialist to get feedback.
  • Manage your professional brand using social media.
  • Learn to dress for success and behave professionally.
  • Attend a workshop to learn salary negotiation techniques.
  • See a Career Specialist for help with graduate school plans or the job search.

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