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Helping Students Find Direction

Step 4: Plan of Action

Freshman Year (Inquiry and Awareness)

  • Consider college as preparation for your life.
  • Enroll in core courses with help of advisors.
  • Make a tentative selection of a major field.
  • Study the student guide to learn of resources available on campus.
  • Start your personal development (activities, internships, etc.).
  • Learn the academic system and utilize the bulletin and schedule of courses.
  • Begin to consider possible career choices.
  • Get to know faculty, counselors and administrators.
  • Pick up bimonthly career center calendar of events.

Summer Vacation – get a job earn money, get work experience, learn to get along with people, develop maturity.

Sophomore Year (Assessment and Exploration)

  • Complete introductory courses in your prospective major field.
  • Self-assessment: compile interests, strengths, skills, values, and abilities; attend career center workshop and career life planning sessions.
  • Utilize “CHOICES” Career Guidance System.
  • Read up on fields of interest, attend career panels, get an internship.
  • Explore occupations: training needed, demands for jobs, and alternatives.
  • Make a tentative career choice.
  • Get to know counselors, faculty, administrators and career advisors.

Summer Vacation – get a job, earn money, develop skills and confidence, build a good work reputation.

Junior Year (Testing Career Decision)

  • Join organizations to develop leadership skills.
  • Utilize the career resource library.
  • Get a career-related internship.
  • Assume responsibility for making a decision on your life’s work.
  • Consider alternative careers.
  • Begin to combine reality testing with values and skills assessment.
  • Test your qualifications for work in your possible carer field(s).
  • Get to know faculty, counselors, administrators, and career advisors.
  • Take a course in career development.
  • Take electives in other areas.

Summer Vacation – try out work in your potential field, compile inventory of interests, values, and skills.

Senior Year (Job Search)

  • Complete the course requirements in your major(s).
  • Plan your job or graduate school campaigns.
  • Attend workshops on resumes, cover letters, interviews, and job search techniques.
  • Take interviews on campus.
  • Discuss opportunities with faculty and counselors.
  • Choose the faculty and administrators you want to use for references.
  • Develop a timetable for your career development after graduation.
  • Learn how to network.