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Career Planning Guide

4 Steps to Successful Career Planning

  1. ASSESS: Learning about yourself (interests, skills, and values); Learning about the world of work
  2. EXPLORE: Relating occupational alternatives to self-information; Getting information about occupations and options
  3. FOCUS: Narrowing and prioritizing occupational alternatives; Identifying education, training and employment options
  4. IMPLEMENT: Carrying through on a plan of action; Entering the world of work or graduate/professional school

STEP 1: Freshman Year

ASSESS

STEP 2: Sophomore Year

EXPLORE

  • Continue to explore interests, values, abilities and lifestyle preferences
  • Attend “Choosing a Major” Workshop offered through Career Services
  • Enroll in classes that fit both liberal education and potential majors
  • Explore careers and majors with: Advising Success Center, Career Services, faculty/staff/advisors/alumni,  course catalog,  Alumni Career Mentors, professionals in your field(s) [pdf]
  • Acquire experience through: volunteer work, part-time and summer work, student/community organizations
  • Investigate opportunities for internships and practica
  • Explore additional majors or minors to increase marketability
  • Consider the possibility for study abroad
  • Research majors and careers through our website under Career Exploration
  • Maintain a strong GPA

STEP 3: Junior Year

FOCUS

STEP 4: Senior Year

IMPLEMENT

Graduates who either seek full-time employment or continuing education after receiving your Associate or Bachelor Degree should:

  • Market your strengths that you acquired from the past three years
  • Finalize grad plans
  • Update and finalize self-managed credential file and resume and cover letter
  • Attend Grad Prep for Seniors in the fall
  • Upload resume into BSUCareers for full time employment
  • Participate in Career/Jobs Fair and other Career Services workshops and events to prepare for the job search
  • Interview with on-campus employers when appropriate
  • Participate in mock interviews
  • Once full-time employment is secured, report status to Career Services

If you are seeking full-time employment, Career Services offers:

If you are continuing your education:

  • Complete graduation and professional application process and take appropriate exams
  • Interview for graduate or professional school gain admission and continue you career path through additional education and training
  • Report your employment or continuing education status to Career Services
    Information reported, regarding your employment or continuing education is useful data to students who are considering majoring in a certain area and ask, “What can I do with a major in...?”