Four Year Plan

Career Development Plan

First Year Students - Self Assessment

Identify your interests, skills, and values. Some assessments from the CDC may help.

  • Take a variety of TDS courses to see what piques your interest.
  • Develop academic and career goals.
  • Explore a variety of majors by talking to staff, faculty, students, employers, friends, adviser and parents.

Sophomore Students - Exploration

  • Choose a major consistent with your interest, abilities and goals.
  • Build relationships with faculty and instructors. You may find a mentor as you work with them.
  • Get involved in career-related activities such as workshops, summer employment, the etiquette dinner, recruiters on campus.
  • Start to look for internship sites to use during your junior and senior years.
  • Talk to people about your career plans. Counselors, faculty, advisors and employers can provide great feedback.
  • Join professional organizations related to your major.
  • Work towards leadership positions on campus. Be an RA. Be a club president.

Junior Students - Preperation

  • Start to think about your plans after graduation. Grad school? Work?
  • Narrow down your career path.
  • Update your resume.
  • Attend career fairs, meet with on campus recruiters and on campus grad school representatives.
  • Start networking with alumnae/i, business people, the College.
  • Complete an internship.
  • Take graduate or professional school exams.
  • Establish a list of references and get their approval to serve as such.
  • Be a campus leader.

Senior Students - Implementation

  • Begin the job search process as you begin your senior year. Commit yourself to a thorough search.
  • Identify the skills and abilities you have developed throughout college. Be ready to share them with employers.
  • Finalize your resume.
  • Meet with the Director of the Career Development Center to discuss job searching, interviewing or graduate school.
  • Participate in job fairs and on campus recruitment.
  • Apply for positions of interest and prepare to interview.
  • Keep networking!!!
  • Consider and review job offers. Send thank you letters to all prospective employers.
  • Attend financial literacy workshops to prepare you for being on your own.

*Adapted from Indiana University-Fort Wayne-2007

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