Cougar Career Plan-Finding Your Purpose
First Year: Adjust and Explore
- Explore other majors; bond with students in your chosen major.
- Develop good study habits and time management skills.
- Learn about resources and services available on campus.
- Self-assess to determine your skills, interests, values, strengths and challenges.
- Get to know people and resources on campus.
- Join a campus organization, team or club.
- Check out jobs, resources and career programs and events on Handshake. (On campus employment)
- Meet with your academic advisor to discuss the plan for classes.
Sophomore Year: Gather Resources and Sharpen Career Goals
- Develop a resume.
- Visit with Career Services staff to discuss how to relate your academic major to career paths.
- Begin exploring and applying for internship, volunteer and other pre-professional
positions that will help you build experience and skill sets.
- Attend Career Services workshops focused on Career Exploration, Internships, Resumes and Interviewing.
- Get involved on campus and position yourself for leadership positions.
- If you find yourself struggling in classes, ask for help.
- Get to know your faculty members.
Junior Year: Build Experience and Refine Skills
- Revise your resume and start practicing interview skills.
- Establish a LinkedIn profile and invite friends and contacts.
- Look for part time internships for the academic year or full time experiences for
- Seek out leadership opportunities in campus or community organizations.
- Take advantage of workshops offered by Career Services to sharpen your job seeking
- Attend the SXU Job and Internship Fairs to identify internships and get a preview of full time options.
- Considering Graduate School? Talk to advisors, faculty and career staff.
Senior Year: Organize and Get Ready to Move Forward!
- Plan your job search EARLY in your senior year.
- Update your resume (send it to Career Services for review) and make sure you are comfortable writing cover letters geared towards
- Conduct an inventory of your network - identify people you know who could be helpful
to you as you begin your job search.
- Attend the SXU Job and Internship Fairs and watch for local area job fairs of interest as well.
- Fine tune communication and leadership skills developed through work experiences,
volunteer opportunities, internships and active involvement in organizations on campus
and in the community.
- Several months before graduation, begin applying to positions of interest.
- Summer is a perfect time to pursue internships and pre-professional experiences related
to your field of interest!
- Begin working with Career Services staff and networking with faculty and fellow students
as early as winter break of your second year to explore summer opportunities.
- Each year, find experiences that progressively strengthen your skill base and help
get you closer to identifying areas of career interest.