For Freshmen

Build to Your Career in Four Years

Here's a timeline to guide your progress:

Every fall

Make an appointment to visit OCIP. Check OCIP's website for a calendar of dates and times of career development and job-search workshops and seminars, career and job fairs, and company information sessions. Update your resume and have it critiqued and proofread. Join professional associations and become an active member to build a network of colleagues in your field. Find a student version of your professional association and take leadership roles. Subscribe to and read professional journals in your chosen field.

Freshman year

Asking questions, exploring your options

  • Schedule an appointment at OCIP, to familiarize yourself with the services and resources available
  • Take interest and career inventory tests at the career services office
  • Identify at least four skills employers want and plan how you will acquire these skills before graduation
  • Visit OCIP for information on the skills
  • Take a resume writing workshop and explore other career planning workshops
  • Write your first resume
  • Attend on-campus career and job fairs to gather information on potential careers and employers
  • Explore your interests, abilities, and skills through required academics
  • Talk to faculty, alumni, advisers, and career counselors about possible majors and careers
  • Join university organizations that will offer you leadership roles in the future
  • Collect information on cooperative education programs, internships, and summer jobs with the assistance of the career services office
  • Consider volunteer positions to help build your resume


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Last Updated: 7/24/15