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Step Toward Success

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them. -Denis Watley 

It is essential to start thinking about your career goals and taking steps toward accomplishing those goals beginning your freshman year. Below is your checklist to success. By your senior year, you will be ready to start your career and have the skills and tools to do. 

Year 1

  • Keep records of things you learn and new people you meet. Keeping old spirals and notes from different classes and advice from teachers and other mentor you meet is essential in helping you remember what you learned in four years.
  • Visit Career Services for skills, interests and strengths assessments. It is a good idea to get familiar with yourself as you begin to make choices that will determine your degree path. 
  • Go to a Resume Writing Workshop on campus and write your first resume. 
  • Attend the Career Fairs. There is one held every Fall and Spring. This will give you some practice for when you become a Senior and need to impress an employer at your last career fair.
  • Set goals, both long-term career goals and short-term goals such as acquiring certain skills for your chosen career. 
  • Explore your possibilities. You have just embarked on a new journey, and you may see things differently than in the past. There are endless possibilities.
  • Get Involved. Join a professional club relating to your major such as, SIFE, Omega Chi Chi, SWOA, SEA, or the Behavioral Science Society. Or join a social club. It is all about building relationships with people. For more tips on Networking Click Here. 

Year 2

  • Continue to keep records. 
  • Research different career paths. Re-evaluate where you are now, and how that lines up with where you want to be.
  • Start thinking about an internship, as most majors require you to do one before you graduate. 
  • Update your resume with help from Career Services and attend a Resume writing workshop to refresh your resume writing skills.
  • Continue involvement in clubs and professional organizations. Begin to work your way toward becoming a leader of an organization. These types of accomplishments in college are great ways to build your resume.
  • Finally, BUILD RELATIONSHIPS!! Because it has been said, "It's not just about what you know, but who you know. 

Year 3

  • Update your resume and have it critiqued by Career Services.
  • Attend Interview, Cover Letter and Resume Writing Workshops.
  • Focus your career interest and attend career fairs. Visit all booths that you may be interested in. You never know if that company has an opportunity that fits you.
  • Take on leadership roles in organizations you are a member of. Dedicate time to those commitments. They will give you valuable experience you can take into the workplace that will impress employers.
  • Begin to think about graduate school opportunities. Research application deadlines and requirements.
  • Schedule an informational interview with a company or business that is in the industry you are interested in. These meetings will help you get information and advice about working for that company or a particular industry.
  • Start dressing nice for class and other events on campus. It can be very easy to dress casual when you are just going to class, but this is a great time to practice dressing nice. When you attend meetings, career fairs, or interviews, you will need to dress nice. Click Here for more tips.
  • Do not forget to keep building relationships. 

Year 4

  • Finalize your resume.
  • Prepare a cover letter and bring it by Careers Services for revisions.
  • Make a list of place you might like to work. Do some research on those companies or businesses. Answer questions like- what do they do, what kinds of jobs do they have available, and what qualifications must you have.
  • Attend the Career Fair dressed nicely with resumes to handout.
  • View Resources on to help you with your job search.
  • Take the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or any other graduate school entry assessment, if applicable.
  • Start applying and interviewing. Remember: Follow-up and thank you notes are essential.
  • Do not forget, keep building relationships. After you graduate, it is important to be proactive about networking and meeting new people. It has been said,It's not just about what you know, but who you know.
Last Updated: May 14, 2013