The Office of Career Development Services assists students as they move through the steps of career exploration and decision making from the first year to graduation and beyond. The office provides students with assistance in assessing their interests and abilities, exploring the world of work, finding appropriate graduate schools, employment and internship opportunities, résumé assistance, job skills assessment, conducting a job search, and recruitment services including on and off-campus interviewing in addition to a resource library.
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.
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 Finding Majors & Careers Workshops
- Join extracurricular activities
- Attend Mapping Interests to Majors Workshop
- Go on an informational interview to learn about an area of passion
- Register with TLU Career Link to become exposed to TLU’s online job and internship posting system
- 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 the Internship & Career Fair
- Attend skill assessment and vocational decision making modules
- Attend Majors, Minors & More 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 Résumé and Cover Letter Module
- Update and revise your résumé
- Practice effective interviewing techniques through mock interviews
- Volunteer with a local civic group that you feel passionate about
- Pursue an internship or work with a professor on summer research
- Participate in a career fair
- 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
Senior Year — Choose and Implement — University to Work Transition
- Join on-campus leadership and professional organizations
- Organize your career development goals and career plan
- Target desired industries and determine geographical preference
- Update profile, résumé and cover letter with TLU Career Link
- Apply to graduate/professional school early in the fall semester
- Practice interview skills through mock interviews
- Network with professional association in industry career preference by attending the Networking Mixer
- Attend a job fair, teacher fair and various other area career fairs that will be marketed through Career Development
Job Search & Preparation Resources
A student's one-stop shop for career advice and a plethora of resources and links to jump-start your job search. Students can even contact the career development office to have a résumé reviewed and optimized for your personal and professional goals.
Students and alumni use TLU Career Link to connect with fellow bulldogs in the workforce. Here, you can post your résumé, search for jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities and find out about on-campus career development events and information sessions. Recruiters also use TLU Career Link to post jobs, internships or volunteer opportunities. Employers, graduate schools and nonprofits can request on-campus recruiting sessions and students can schedule on-campus interviews with prospective employers.
Students and alumni can sign up for a TLU account where they can practice interviewing skills, a personal elevator speech or pitch and get reviewed by career development staff. TLU professors use this tool to customize interviews for their specific field to help prepare graduates for their first job interviews.
Students can vet a company's description against real reviews by employees on the inside. In addition to reviews, Glassdoor.com gives access to possible interview questions and salaries employers wouldn't disclose in a job description. Students can get a feel for a company's culture before even applying to see if it's the right fit for them.
Database of major master’s programs from accredited colleges in the U.S. that offer both full or partial online course options.
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