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, (www.bls.gov/oco) 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?
SUMMER VACATION AFTER FRESHMAN YEAR
- 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.