Career Services - Beginning a Job Search

4-Year Development Plan:
Junior Year

Reality Test Your Choices

Academic Planning

  • Continue to consult with your faculty and/or academic advisor to select courses that are applicable to your career goals and required to fulfill specific degree requirements
  • Begin taking advanced courses in your academic major or specialization
  • Use research assignments, group projects, and field experiences to expand your knowledge of the field and your professional skills
  • Select elective courses that will broaden your general knowledge and strengthen your qualifications
  • Obtain at least three strong references from your professors and/or supervisors who know your work and/or scholarly abilities
  • Maintain excellence in your academic work

Campus and Community Involvement

  • Assume leadership roles and contribute your talents to an organization by serving as an officer, chairing a committee, and/or organizing a major project or event

Career and Life Development

  • Create a profile on LinkedIn, a strictly professional social media site
  • Ensure your other social media profiles are clean
  • Continue testing, evaluating and confirming your occupational decisions. Use campus/community activities and career-related experiences to sharpen your professional skills and determine your strengths and weaknesses
  • Become familiar with Career Services web site, educational programs, publications and job search services
  • Make an appointment with a Career Services staff member to tailor your internship search plan
  • If you are considering graduate school, consult your faculty advisor to discuss the feasibility of your admission
  • Research institutions that offer programs of interest and request application materials
  • Take appropriate entrance exams (e.g., GRE, LSAT, GMAT and MCAT) and submit your applications and required documents by the published deadlines
  • Have your resume and cover letter critiqued by a member of the Career Services staff
  • Update your resume and College Central profile. Apply for internships and career-related summer and part-time positions
  • Practice your interviewing skills and increase your self-confidence by attending an interview simulation or mock interview with Career Services
  • Begin to build your professional wardrobe
  • Continue to attend any and all job fairs, job search workshops, career panels and employer information sessions
  • Create or expand your professional network by contacting Lourdes alumni, using professional association membership lists and asking family members, friends, advisors and professors about their contacts


Career Services
MAH 128A

Open Monday–Friday
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Evenings by appointment