A degree can help you get a great job upon graduation, but you can really maximize opportunities by employing effective career planning. Use the following guide to make the most of your college experience.
Career Planning, the Four-Year Model
|Freshman Year — Discover and Explore — Become Familiar|
- Begin discussing your values, interests, skills and abilities, selecting a major, making career choices through career consulting and assessment
- Learn about participating in internships
- Begin to attend “What Can I do with a major in?” Workshops
- Join extracurricular activities
- Attend Career Decision Making Workshop
- Go on an informational interview – to learn about an area of passion
- Register with Jobs4Bulldogs to become exposed to TLU’s online job and internship posting system
- Participate in Career Development Programming like the Career Development Roundtable Series, Vocation Movie Night and Speed Mentoring
- Develop a list of possible majors
|Sophomore Year — Research and Focus — Exploring Career Options|
- Explore career fields/industries of interest and compare work environments
- Ask advisors, professors, relatives and friends about career options and explore your values and interests
- Consider volunteering and identify and prepare for paid and unpaid internships
- Attend skill assessment and vocational decision making workshops
- Attend The Majors Fair and Conduct informational interviews
- Gain a career mentor and create a career timeline for the next five years
- Learn how to develop a résumé
- Use career development Internet resources to learn about careers and industries
- Choose a major
|Junior Year — Experience and Experiment — Skill Building and Goal Setting|
- Seek leadership in campus organizations and/or volunteer services
- Attend Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
- Update and revise your résumé - get a revision at Resume Hut
- Attend informational interview workshop and set up informational interviews
- Practice effective interviewing techniques through Mock Interview Day
- Volunteer with a local civic group that you feel passionate about
- Begin investigating internships and networking
- Get involved in a professional organization related to your career field.
- Participate in the annual SACUCCA career fair in San Antonio, TX
- Focus on major courses and narrow industry focus
- Research graduate/professional schools by attending the Graduate School Fair
- Learn about career options through work settings and job descriptions
- Narrow industry focus
|Senior Year — Choose and Implement — University to Work Transition|
- Join on-campus leadership and academic professional organizations
- Organize your career development goals and career plan
- Target desired industries and determine geographical preference
- Attend Job Search workshop
- Participate in Career Development programming like Speed Mentoring and Disorientation
- Fine tune résumé, cover letters and profile through workshops and resume hut
- Update profile and resume with Jobs4Bulldogs
- Apply to graduate/professional school early in the fall semester
- Practice interview skills through Mock Interview Day
- Network with professional association in industry career preference.
- Attend Career Fair Preparation Workshop
- ATTEND SACUCCA Job Fair, Teacher Fair and various other area career fairs that will be marketed through Career Development
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dr. Bernadette Buchanan
Assc. Dean of Student Life & Learning
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