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4-Year Career Development Plan

We recommend using the following guidelines for each year of your undergraduate career...

4-Year Career Development Plan (pdf version)

FRESHMAN YEAR: Self-Exploration

  • Set up an appointment with a career development specialist to discuss your major and career plans
  • If still deciding, seek career counseling with a career counselor
  • Take career assessments from Career Services as a way to learn more about yourself and how interests, skills, personality, and values connect to a career
  • Register for a Career Decision Making (PSY 194) class in the fall or spring semesters if you are still unsure of a career direction


  • Make an appointment with a career development specialist to discuss your major and experiential education opportunities
  • Write a resume and post it to Handshake to have it critiqued by a career counselor
  • Go on an informational interview or job shadow someone in careers of interest
  • Research careers in FOCUS 2
  • Attend the career fairs to practice networking with employers
  • Connect majors to career using "What Can I Do With This Major?"

JUNIOR YEAR: Experience

  • Make an appointment with an internship coordinator to plan an internship or other experience
  • Update resume and post it to Handshake
  • Conduct a mock interview with a career counselor
  • Attend career fairs to network with employers
  • Establish a networking list
  • Attend job search workshops.
  • Participate in an internship and follow up with a career development specialist to reflect on your experience
  • Begin researching graduate schools if planning on attending grad school and take admission prep courses and tests

SENIOR YEAR: Launching

  • Update your resume and post it on Handshake
  • Make an appointment with a career development specialist to develop a job search timeline
  • Update your networking list and begin to use it to connect with possible job openings
  • Attend career fairs as a way to network with employers
  • Register for Mock Interview Day or schedule a mock interview with a career counselor or peer advisor
  • Learn market trends and salary expectations for your industry and career of interest
  • Develop a career/job search portfolio
  • Complete graduate survey to inform office of plans after graduation
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