Career Services for Current Students
Today’s technology makes it easy to gather information and the Career Services Office can help you make sense of it all! Make an appointment in 110 Bray to plan and personalize your career plan. Be sure to bring your thoughts, questions, inventory results, and any resource information with you to discuss how everything can come together.
Inventories: Do you understand what makes you tick? Do you think you know what characteristics are necessary for the job you want? Do you know what "type" of person you are? There are a number of web based interest, skill, and personality inventories available for a fee. Below are two such sites. In addition the SU Career Services Office in 235 Schine Student Center provides at a reduced student rate all these same surveys.
Timeline: The career planning process does not begin your senior year; it starts as soon as you walk onto campus! So let's get you started early! It is important to have your goals jotted down and to manage and organize your academics as well as co-curricular activities. The timeline below is a general guide for what you should be doing when in order to best prepare for that first job. Get your future in line!
Additional Resources: In addition to the Career Services Office, your academic advisor, faculty members, or a professional in your field can help in the career planning process. Make sure you take advantage of their insight, contacts, and suggestions as you formulate a career plan.
- Discover what opportunities are out there and what you truly enjoy doing (other than TV and sleeping).
- If you like something, question what it is about that activity you enjoy. Along the same lines, if you don’t enjoy something, what is it about the activity could you do without?
- Toss ideas around (no matter how crazy) and begin to figure out ways to understand the pros and cons of majors and/or researching career fields.
- Discover involvement opportunities on or off campus to test out areas that you enjoy which will help you find a major that is compatible for you.
- It is important to start your resume at this point to have a document ready and available for use.
- Attend Career Fairs and information sessions to get a feel for companies you might be able to make a connection with early!
- Take on a summer internship or job related to your field to explore your career interests.
- Your sophomore year is a continuation of your freshman year when you started to become involved in some areas that interested you. Try new clubs or opportunities and leave ones that do not match your interests.
- Update your resume with all of the experience and opportunities you took advantage of during freshman year.
- Once you have become involved in different areas, you should be able to accurately discuss what you do and do not enjoy doing and in what type of environment you might prefer.
- You should be close to confidently declaring your specific academic interests and eagerly wondering what is to come. Research where your major can take you and what it can do for you in the long run.
- Research employers to get an idea of what type of environment and company in which you might like to work.
- Establishing contacts in your field of interest is imperative to your success during your sophomore year. A few options are to speak to your professors and attend workshops offered by Career Services. These valuable contacts can give you a real world account of what goes on out there.
- Take on a summer job or internship related to your field to explore your career interests.
- Update your resume with all of the experience and opportunities you took advantage of during your sophomore year.
- Conduct at least one mock interview per semester to develop your skills.
- Now that you are engrossed in your field of study, you need to find coursework and learning opportunities to set you apart from others. Work with a Career Counselor to research and apply for related internships and/or summer jobs. You should have a solid foundation of related experience under your belt at this point.
- Continue to focus and decide what career path you would like to pursue during your senior year. Researching organizations, participating in on-campus recruiting events and continually working to develop the skills employers look for during your junior year will help you with this decision.
- Determine what employers you might want to apply and work for once your graduate.
- Keep speaking with the professors and contacts you established your sophomore year and possibly think about starting a credential file for reference letters and letters of recommendation at Career Services. Set up a mock interview to learn successful job and graduate school interviewing skills.
- Start preparing for the GREs/MCATs/LSATs if you plan to pursue an advanced degree
- Polish your resume with all of the wonderful and relevant experiences you accomplished as a junior. Have it critiqued by a Career Counselor.
- Keep up those contacts and research potential career opportunities. Develop a list of references.
- Begin to interview or take the GREs/MCATs/LSATs for continuing education.
- Consider attending workshops that can help you prepare for grad or professional school.
- Petersons is an education related site that can help research grad school and study abroad information. Useful in the grad school search process.
- Check out all the graduate school resources in the Academic Success Center in 109 Moon.
- Maintain regular appointments with a Career Counselor for help with the process and to perfect your skills. All of the work you have done the last three years is paying off now!
- Continue to participate in on-campus recruiting.
- Once you have determined your path to success, continue to work with a Career Counselor to develop and adapt those goals to your current needs and wants. The job search is a lifelong process and is always changing; Career Services will continue to help you even when you are alumni.
- Stay connected and let us know your successes! You worked hard to get where you are, we want to show you off so let us know what you are doing.