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Career Exploration

From Here To Career

4 Steps to Successful Career Planning

  1. EXPLORE: Determine your naturally recurring patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors by discovering your talents.
  2. PREPARE: Gain knowledge and explore majors through coursework, part-time work experience, being involved in clubs and organizations and volunteer work.
  3. TARGET: Build work experience by targeting internships and related work experience.
  4. LAUNCH: Market your strengths and launch a successful job search campaign.

STEP 1: Freshman Year

EXPLORE

Explore Careers and Majors With:

  • Advising Success Center
  • Career Services
  • College Catalog
  • Faculty/Staff/Advisors/Parents

Set Up A Career Coaching Appointment to Help Choose A Major

Attend Career Events

  • Strengths Week Events: Advice For a Slice and Get The Scoop on Your Strengths
  • Major and Career Expo

Get Involved With Community and On-Campus Clubs and Organizations

  • Register for BeaverLink on the MyBSU webpage
  • Download the Corq app

Complete Focus Assessment

  • Log into MyBSU
  • Click on FOCUS in the drop down menu located in the upper left-hand corner
  • Take the self-assessment
  • More assessments available under Career Exploration including StrengthsQuest
  • Make an appointment with a Career Coach to go over your results

STEP 2: Sophomore Year

PREPARE

Enroll in Classes That Fit Both Liberal Education and Potential Majors to Acquire Knowledge

  • Maintain a good GPA

Register With Connect2Careers to Seek Part-Time Employment

Acquire Experience Through:

  • Part-time employment
  • Volunteer work
  • Student/community organziations

Attend Career Events:

  • Job Search Campaign:  Make Your Resume Great!  Find Your Dream Job/Internship
  • Strengths Week Events:  Advice for a Slice and Get The Scoop on Your Strengths
  • Sophomore Celebration
  • Major and Career Expo
  • Practice (Mock) Interviews

Get Involved With Community and On-Campus Clubs and Organizations

  • Register for BeaverLink on the MyBSU webpage
  • Download the Corq app

STEP 3: Junior Year

TARGET

Upload Your Resume Into Connect2Careers And Use Job Search Tools to Research Potential Employment

Take a Leadership Role in a Club or Organization

Find an Internship or Related Work Experience Through Connect2Careers

Attend Career Fairs and Events:

  • Practice (Mock) Interviews
  • Resumes on the Run
  • Job Search Campaign:  Make Your Resume Great!  Find Your Dream Job/Internship, and Tell it Like it is for Interview Success
  • Strengths Week Events:  Advice for a Slice and Get The Scoop on Your Strengths
  • Government/Nonprofit Job & Internship Fair
  • BSU & NTC Job & Internship Fair

Consider Graduate School and Begin The Application Process:

  • Attend Grad Prep for Seniors
  • Attend Road to Grad School Workshop

Enroll in College To Career Class (BUAD 3100)

  • Maintain a good GPA

STEP 4: Senior Year

LAUNCH

Update Your Resume and Cover Letter

  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Service's Coach
  • Visit Resumes on the Run and have your resume critiqued 

Research Potential Employers and Develop a Prospective Employer List Through:

  • Connect2Careers
  • www.indeed.com
  • www.minnesotaworks.net/

Gather Information On Realistic Salary Expectations and Benefits

Attend Career Fairs and Events:

  • Practice (Mock) Interviews
  • Job Search Campaign:  Make Your Resume Great!  Find Your Dream Job/Internship, and Tell it Like it is for Interview Success
  • Grad Prep for Seniors
  • Government/Nonprofit Job & Internship Fair
  • BSU & NTC Job & Internship Fair
  • MN Education Job Fair
  • Enroll in College to Career Class (BUAD 3100)

Take Graduate School Entrance Exams and Complete The Application Process

  • Attend Grad Prep for Seniors

Report Your Job Status to The Career Services Office