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4-Year Career Plan

First Year

General Activities:

  • Get to know faculty, counselors, and staff
  • Start personal development by participating in campus activities and/or volunteer service
  • Learn to work effectively with others
  • Talk with professionals to learn about career options
  • Secure summer work and establish excellent work habits

Work with Career Services:

  • Consider taking the career assessment
  • Read academic major profiles to learn about MU majors
  • Use resources in the career library and on the OCS website to explore career options
  • Develop a list summarizing activities and experiences
  • Write your first college résumé

Sophomore Year

General Activities:

  • Evaluate work values and current skill levels
  • Explore and determine preliminary major/career choice
  • Continue talking with professionals to learn about career options
  • Seek leadership roles through campus activities or volunteer service
  • Secure summer work and continue building a good work reputation
  • Develop professional skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication

Work with Career Services:

  • Take the career assessment or talk with a career counselor
  • Participate in the Career Network Program to do information interviews
  • Explore career options in the career library and on the OCS website
  • Update your list of activities and experiences and/or résumé

Junior Year

General Activities:

  • Attend a professional conference
  • Join campus organizations, activities, and professional organizations in your chosen field
  • Take electives and special problems courses to enhance qualifications
  • Experience internships, practicum, and work in your chosen career field
  • Network with professionals in your career field
  • Develop a list of potential employers

Work with Career Services:

  • Use career resources in the career library and on the OCS website to explore alternative career plans
  • Read job vacancy newsletters and browse websites to heighten awareness of positions
  • Attend workshops and seminars
  • Update or write a résumé from your list of activities and experiences
  • Investigate graduate school options
  • Attend job fairs

Senior Year

General Activities:

  • Discuss career plans with faculty and counselors
  • Collect references from faculty and employers
  • Plan and implement job search or graduate school campaign

Work with Career Services:

  • Finalize résumé and develop a cover letter
  • Complete an mock interview
  • Participate in on-campus interviewing (if appropriate)
  • Attend job fairs
  • Regularly check Spartan Jobs and search websites
  • Research companies which offer the type of work you seek
  • Network with friends, family and people employed in your field
  • Visit company websites for information about job vacancies
  • Email or mail resumes and cover letters to employers for actual openings
  • Contact targeted employers, inquiring about possible openings

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