For Sophomores

Now is the time to start!

Here's a timeline to guide your progress:

Every fall

Make an appointment to visit OCIP. Check your career center'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.

Sophomore year

Researching options/testing paths

  • Update your resume (with your summer activities) and have it critiqued at OCIP
  • Begin a cooperative education program or consider internship, summer, and school-break job opportunities that relate to your interests
  • Read at least one book on career planning recommended by career services staff
  • Explore at least three career options available to you through your major
  • Take a cover-letter writing workshop
  • Review your progress in learning four (or more) skills employers look for in new hires
  • Research various occupations With guidance from OCIP
  • Attend on-campus career and job fairs and employer information sessions relating to your interests
  • Identify organizations and associations in your interest areas for shadowing opportunities and informational interviews
  • Join at least one professional or honorary organization related to your major to make contact with people in the professional world
  • Work toward one leadership position in a university club or activity
  • Begin to collect recommendations from previous and current employers
  • Put together an interview outfit


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Last Updated: 7/24/15