Year 2 – Sophomore Year: Career Exploration and Investigation Activities
- Declare a Major
- Review the curriculum guide for chosen major.
- See your advisor to discuss mid-term grades. Plan for registration, final grades and adjustment to your schedule.
- Schedule an appointment with a career services counselor to bring yourself up-to-date on what’s needed in your career file.
- Update your resume and have it critiqued at the Advisement and Career Services Center.
- Begin a cooperative education program and consider internship, summer, and school-break job opportunities that relate to your interests.
- Explore at least one book on career options available to you through your major.
- Take a cover-letter writing workshop
- Review your progress in learning four (or more) skills employers look for in new hires.
- Research various occupations in Job Choices, Occupational Outlook Handbook at www.bls.gov/oco or other materials in the FSU Library.
- Attend on-campus career and job fairs and employer information sessions that relate to your interest.
- Identify organizations and associations in your interest areas for shadowing opportunities and informational interviews.
- Join at least one professional or honorary organization related to your major in order to make contact with people in the professional world.
- Work toward one leadership position in a university club or activity.
- Begin to collect recommendations form previous and current employers.
- Put together an interview outfit.
- Write the answers to the following three key questions and place them in your career action plan file:
- What do I have to offer an employer?
- Who needs what I have to offer?
- How do I make them want me?
Summer Vacation After Sophomore Year
- Get a summer job; continue to earn expenses and build a good work reputation and work reference.
- Develop job-related and computer skills.
- Develop maturity and knowledge about the workplace and what it takes to achieve success.