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Year 1 - Freshman Year

Self-Assessment and Career Planning Activities

  • Take the CLA+ Assessment.
  • After the first three weeks of class check in with your advisor and create a Academic Success Plan (ASP).
  • See your advisor to discuss mid-term grades.  Plan for registration, final grades, and adjustment to your schedule.
  • Start a career information file that includes names of contacts and records of your activities for the next four years.
  • Utilize the Learning Center for academic support.
  • Develop and practice good study habits, organizational and functional skills.
  • Identify at least four skills employers want and plan how you will acquire these skills before graduation.
  • Complete the Focus 2 Assessments.
  • Scan the Occupational Outlook Handbook, ( a book filled with information on hundreds of occupations, and leaf through other career-search books in the career library.
  • Write your first resume and cover letter; have them edited at Career Services.
  • Attend all on-campus career and job fairs to gather information on potential careers and employers.
  • Explore your interests, abilities, and skills through required academics.
  • Talk to academic and career advisors to discuss choosing a major and/or identifying possible career options; explore a wide variety of majors.
  • Collect, analyze, and evaluate information about yourself to aid your in obtaining a career position consistent with your personality, abilities, aptitudes, values, interests, academic preparation, past work, and life experiences.
  • Review various career and business publications.  Consider and use exercises, projects, psychological tests, and other ways to determine your career interests.
  • Read the newspaper and watch the news often.  Keep up with current events.
  • Talk to faculty, alumni, advisors, and career counselors about possible majors and careers.
  • Join university organizations that will offer you leadership roles in the future.
  • Collect information on cooperative education programs, internships, and summer jobs that are available through Career Services.
  • Consider volunteer positions to help build your resume.
  • Create your personal career action plan.
  • Declare your major.
  • Include in your plan the answers to the following FOUR questions:
    • What do I want to do when I graduate?
    • What can I do with the degree I am seeking?
    • What do I need to do to develop myself further?
    • How can I ensure that I start the career I am seeking after graduation?
  • Get a Summer job/earn expenses.
  • Acquire work experience and develop a strong business and work ethic.
  • Develop maturity ability to function in a work environment and get along with people.
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