Freshman Year, Self-Awareness:
This academic year is to be used for adjusting to college life and developing better self-awareness, specifically one's values, interests, abilities/skills, and aspirations. Students will begin to uncover what it is that they want out of a career, internships or related experience. Taking exploratory classes and consulting with career counselors and academic advisors facilitate an understanding of the self. It is highly recommended that students take PROF 100 Survey of Career Fields, a 1-credit career exploration course.
Sophomore Year, Career Exploration:
During this academic year, students will take what they have learned about themselves and begin to consider what is the most logical or appropriate career/major and declare those choices. They will explore these options by researching the various careers, majors and job descriptions, specifically engaging in discussions with a career counselor or academic advisor. It is important that students make informed decisions balanced by what they find interesting. Taking the time to investigate career and majors ensures that the student has not missed a great opportunity. Additionally, one must remember that new career fields are emerging every day, so this is really an on-going process.
Junior Year, Preparation for a Career:
This is a critical academic year for students. During these ten months, students will continue to narrow their job search by enhancing skills and gaining knowledge and experience. It is at this time that students explore internships, find part-time jobs related to their career goals and seek leadership roles in campus organizations and in the community. Students should also use this academic year to further develop a rapport with the faculty in their major and minor areas of study. The accomplishments from this year will open doors for additional career-related experiences in the senior year.
Senior Year, Get Ready to Launch:
This academic year is the capstone experience. Students will take what they have learned through self-awareness, career explorations, and preparing for a career, and move forward to secure their initial goal of full-time work or graduate study. Preparing for this year has been a lot of work. Students will now see that the extra effort has paid off. They are now prepared to be competitive in today's job market or when applying to graduate or professional schools.