Career Services - Beginning a Job Search

4-Year Development Plan:
First Year


Academic Planning

  • Begin building a support network of faculty, advisors, administrators and staff members to whom you can turn for guidance and advice
  • Get acquainted with offices on campus that provide academic support services such as the Advising Center and the Academic Support Center
  • Meet with your faculty and/or academic advisor to develop your tentative 4-year degree plan outlining the major courses and electives you should take each semester
  • Review course descriptions with your academic advisor

Campus and Community Involvement

  • Research the student organizations on campus to identify ones that mesh with your interests. Attend a few meetings to meet people and get a sense of the group's mission and activities
  • Join and become an active member in your first semester, preferably with an organization related to your major or career interests. Begin to develop a network of colleagues in your field
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning projects

Personal Growth

  • Learn how to establish goals and action plans to achieve them, beginning in your First Year Experience course
  • Find a part-time and/or summer job to gain work experience, develop confidence and good work habits, and earn money for tuition and college expenses
  • Generate a list of at least four skills employers want and plan to acquire these skills before graduation

Career and Life Development

  • Take the Strong Interest Inventory as a part of your First Year Experience course. This assessment will help clarify your interests and how they are applied to the world of work
  • Meet with the Director or Assistant Director of Career Services if you are still undecided about your major after taking the Strong Interest Inventory. Other assessments (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) may be suggested as a follow up to provide more specific career information
  • Attend career workshops presented by Career Services and job fairs to gather information about occupations, career paths and potential employers
  • Begin or update your resume and have it critiqued by Career Services. Remember, your resume is a "living" document; it will change as you acquire new knowledge, build your leadership skills and complete internships and other applied learning experiences
  • Register on College Central, Career Services' online job posting system. Apply for part-time and summer jobs or an internship in your field


Career Services
MAH 128A

Open Monday–Friday
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Evenings by appointment