Career Services - Beginning a Job Search

4-Year Development Plan:
Sophomore Year

Career Awareness

Academic Planning

  • Meet with your faculty and/or college advisor regularly to obtain timely, accurate information about the University's academic policies, registration procedures, general education offerings, required and elective courses in your major or specialization, and degree requirements
  • Learn to navigate the "ins and outs" of earning a college degree and various academic routes for achieving your educational, career and personal goals
  • Complete introductory courses in your major or specialization, and take electives that mesh with your interests
  • Get to know the professors in your major well; they are critical to your success

Campus and Community Involvement

  • Continue to enhance your skill development and clarify your professional and personal goals by taking advantage of various applied learning experiences (e.g., leadership roles, part-time jobs, internships, service learning projects, etc.)

Personal Growth

  • Be able to explain to yourself and others, why you are leaning toward choosing, or have chosen, a particular major or career direction
  • Continue to think about who you are and where you want to go. Reassess how well your program of study aligns with your professional and personal goals

Career and Life Development

  • Spend a day "job shadowing" a professional in your chosen occupation to gather inside information about the nature of the work, typical assignments and projects, working conditions, specialized knowledge and skills required, and employment and advancement opportunities
  • Identify the positive and negative features of your chosen occupation and think about the lifestyle and trade-offs associated with your choice
  • Read trade publications and industry reports to learn about new developments and emerging trends in your field
  • If you are still "undecided" about a major or "uncertain" what you can do with your major meet with a member of the Career Services staff to identify the best on-line assessment for assisting you as you explore occupational and educational resources
  • Update your resume and College Central profile. Apply for relevant on- and off-campus jobs and internships that interest you
  • Attend job fairs that Career Services advertises to network with employers and schedule interviews for internships
  • Participate in an internship experience to increase your self-confidence, gain practical experience and apply your classroom learning to accomplish real-world projects. Realize your strengths and weaknesses, develop new skills, work with people from diverse backgrounds and age groups, practice ethical behavior and learn about career paths related to your major
  • Set measurable goals and develop an action plan to maximize your on-the-job learning


Career Services
MAH 128A

Open Monday–Friday
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Evenings by appointment