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4-Year Career Development Plan

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Freshman Year:

  • Self-assessments: Learn something about yourself, with the goal of matching careers to your profile.
  • Exploring majors and careers: Maybe your head is spinning thinking of all the different programs offered here, and you don’t know how to choose. Or, you love a specific major, but you are unsure of the career opportunities associated with it.
  • Visit the Career Development Center!
  • Get involved on campus.
  • Get to know your advisor.
  • Register on warriorcareers
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for important announcement and events.

Freshman Year: Explore & Discover

Sophomore Year:

  • Research careers within your major and compare them to your career expectations.
  • Start researching the type of internships that are out there in your field. SECURE AN INTERNSHIP (or two) BEFORE YOU GRADUATE, EVEN IF IT’S NOT REQUIRED IN YOUR MAJOR!*
  • Prepare your first draft of your resume. Visit us in the Career Development Center office prior to starting to gather all the important “how-to’s” of resume writing. Then, come see us for revisions and suggestions. We love resume writing!!
  • Develop solid relationships with faculty. Get to know them, and ensure they know you!

*If you are doing an internship for credit, be sure to follow your department’s guidelines for approval prior to starting.

Sophomore Year: Research & Choose

Junior Year:

  • Update your resume and bring it to us to be critiqued.
  • Find that internship and secure it! Need help searching? Please see us!
  • Practice your interviewing skills by setting up mock interviews with us, and utilizing InterviewStream where you can practice, record, critique, and share your interviews!
  • Start networking! Build your LinkedIn profile and reach out to professors, employers, alumni...
  • Attend the ESU Career and Internship Fair in March.
  • Seek out leadership roles within your clubs and organizations that you’re a part of.
  • Research graduate schools if you plan on attending, and gather letters of recommendations from professors.
  • Prepare for the appropriate standardized tests needed for graduate school and note the test dates.

Junior Year: Focus & Engage

Senior Year:

  • Update your resume with all of your wonderful internship experiences.
  • Possibly obtain another internship.
  • Meet with a career counselor for another resume review, and discuss cover letters.
  • Practice your interviewing skills by setting up mock interviews with us, and utilizing warriorcareers mock interview where you can practice, record, critique, and share your interviews!
  • Meet with a career counselor to brush up on your job searching skills.
  • Attend the annual ESU Career & Internship Fair in March.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile and connect with your internship colleagues.
  • Decide if you will be attending graduate school.
  • If you choose to attend graduate school, narrow down the possibilities and start working on your personal statement ASAP, then have it critiqued in our office.

Senior Year: Apply & Achieve