Junior Year: Discover Job Opportunities
During your junior year, connect with Experiential Learning and Career Management (ELCM) and potential employers or graduate schools. Here are some specific things you can do to become a fulfilled, educated professional in the field of your choice:
Update your profile in Handshake to learn about job search strategies.
Conduct focused informational interviews for job-related information and networking. Access the Occupational Outlook Handbook for information about careers, educational requirements, salaries, working conditions, and more.
Update your Resume and have it critiqued by an ELCM staff member. We have daily walk-in hours and also conduct critiques by email. Use social media platforms like LinkedIn to continue to develop your Personal Brand. Personal branding is when you market yourself and your experience as a "brand" -- It's how you stand out from a crowd by identifying and expressing your unique value, skills an abilities in a consistent way, across all media platforms (print, virtual, etc.).
Meet with a career counselor or attend ELCM workshops and programs to learn about topics ranging from resume and cover letter writing to internship searching and interviewing skills.
Get involved! Participate in on and off-campus student organizations to develop your leadership and interpersonal skills, including student chapters of professional associations.
Practice articulating what you are studying and why, and the skills you've developed through your academic and experiential learning activities. Look for volunteer and service-learning opportunities at Volunteer Central.
Participate in an academic internship to engage in a professional experience at an organization. Develop new skills and learn about a field or industry that complements your classroom learning.
Attend the fall and spring Job & Internship Fairs. Get the most out of the opportunities they provide to connect with employers and practice your interviewing and networking skills.
Begin your Graduate School selection and admission process, research and prepare for graduate exams, begin drafting a personal statement. Attend the fall Graduate School Fair to collect information and speak with admission representatives from a variety of different graduate programs and schools.