Sophomore Year

Sophomore Year: Exploring What is Possible

During your sophomore year, investigate career paths in your chosen field.  Here are some specific things you can do on your journey of becoming a fulfilled, educated professional in the field of your choice:

Start clarifying and confirming your career choice by gaining career-related work experience through volunteerism, part-time jobs or internships.  Attend the Volunteer Fair or visit Volunteer Central to learn more about opportunities available at with our community partners.  These experiences help you build connections with your community, fellow students, faculty and staff, and develop leadership skills.

Take courses in subjects of interest or within your chosen major, including a class with a service-learning component that will allow you to apply academic knowledge and skills to address community issues.  Get involved with the Center for Public Scholarship and Social Change for opportunities to engage with and serve our community.

Use online tools to explore Career Options in your major, like Candid Career Information Videos or  What Can I Do With This Major?

Update your profile in CareerConnection and access The Campus Career Coach, to find links to industry-specific resources and professional associations.

Build experience by job shadowing or conducting informational interviews with local businesses, organizations and alumni mentors.  This will give you the opportunities to ask questions about a specific field, see first-hand what the job entails, and reflect on the experience. 

As you build experiences, start developing your own Personal Brand. This is a strong professional identity that will help you stand out to prospective employers. Make connections by building a profile on LinkedIn.  Follow companies and organizations that relate to your professional or occupational interests on Twitter and Facebook. And, don't forget to follow ELCM on these social media platforms, too!

Visit ELCM to have your resume critiqued. Use our Job Search Guide to learn more about resumes, cover letters, professional references, and interviewing. When developing your resume, include transferable skills from all of your previous work or leadership experiences.

Attend ELCM workshops and programs to connect with employers and explore your career options.

Discover opportunities through studying abroad and internships that will foster professional and personal growth.  Search Career Connection for part-time, seasonal or internship opportunities.

Explore student organizations to further define or broaden your interests, develop additional skills, and expand your network. Take advantage of all MU has to offer at Get Involved