Career Development Plan

FIRST YEAR: DISCOVER

Student

  • Establish relationships with advisors & faculty
  • Become involved in a student club or organization
  • Explore interests, values, and skills and learn how they relate to majors the work world
  • Complete the Myers-Briggs and Enneagram self-assessments, or enroll in CA 253: Career Strategies
  • Register online with CAREERlink and utilize the Resource Center in Rotary Hall
  • Investigate part-time, summer, and volunteer opportunities

Parents

  • Encourage your student to make grades a top priority
  • Encourage your student to meet with professors and advisors regularly
  • Talk with your student about campus organizations that may match their interests
  • Encourage your student to utilize the Career Center

Career Services

  • Provide drop in hours and individual career coaching
  • Provide Resource Center (Rotary Hall) and online resources
  • Teach CA 253: Career Strategies
  • Assist students in finding part-time, summer, and volunteer opportunities

SECOND YEAR: EXPLORE & DECIDE

Student

  • Explore and research different major and career options
  • Shadow an expert in a field of interest and conduct informational interviews
  • Choose and declare a major
  • Attend campus career fairs and workshops
  • Learn to write a resume and interview effectively
  • Obtain a summer internship or career-related experience

Parents

  • Encourage your student to seek career coaching if undecided
  • Talk with your student about different majors and careers he or she is considering
  • Help your student develop a list of people in fields of interest so the student can conduct field research
  • Encourage your student to obtain career-related experience

Career Services

  • Provide drop in hours and individual career coaching
  • Provide career workshops and host career fairs and events
  • Provide career resources in the Resource Center (Rotary Hall) and online
  • Provide internship program
  • Teach student how to obtain career-related experience

THIRD YEAR: COMMIT

Student

  • Identify self-management, transferable, and special knowledge skills
  • Hone cover letter, resume writing, and interviewing skills
  • Participate in campus career fairs, etiquette diner, and opportunities to connect with employers
  • Enroll in CA 253: Career Strategies
  • Obtain an internship or career-related experience
  • Join a professional organization
  • If interested in attending graduate school, begin researching programs and preparing for the graduate admissions process

Parents

  • Encourage your student to get involved in activities related to career interests
  • Talk with your student about career goals
  • Encourage your student to attend career fairs and other Career Services events
  • Provide networking contacts for your student
  • Encourage your student to obtain career-related experience

Career Services

  • Provide career advising to assess goals and assist with job search
  • Teach CA 253: Career Strategies
  • Offer mock interviews and resume critiques
  • Provide career workshops, host career fairs and events
  • Provide career resources in Resource Center (Rotary Hall) and online
  • Provide internship program
  • Provide opportunities to connect with employers
  • Assist with the graduate school planning and application process

FOURTH YEAR: SEARCH

Student

  • Develop a job search strategy and begin applying early
  • Participate in campus career fairs and utilize CAREERlink to search for jobs
  • Utilize the Resource Center (Rotary Hall) and online resources to identify and research opportunities
  • Network and discuss career plan with faculty, counselors, and professionals in the field

Parents

  • Ask your student how you can help them
  • Listen to your student's hopes and fears
  • Encourage your student to participate in Career Services programs
  • Provide networking contacts for your student

Career Services

  • Provide career coaching and job search assistance
  • Assist student in finding prospective employers and job search assistance
  • Host career fairs, workshops, and events
  • Maintain listings of job openings through CAREERlink
  • Provide opportunities for students to connect with employers recruiting Centenary students
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