For Students

Climb to Your Career in Four Years

Where will you be in four years? Will you be ready to join the work force?

Maybe you have your future planned: You know what you want to be after graduation and you have an idea of how to get there. Or, maybe you aren't even sure what you want to major in—never mind know what kind of career you want to have after college.

No matter if you're decided or unsure—if you're planning to graduate in four years and find your place in the work force, take steps now to reach your goals. It's never too early (or too late) to start. But—the earlier you start, the easier it will be to prepare!

First, develop the habit of stopping by OCIP on a regular basis. Check in a few times during your freshman year, more often during your sophomore year, frequently during your junior year, and most frequently during your senior year. 

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.

Freshman year

Asking questions, exploring your options

Sophomore year

Researching options/testing paths

Junior year

Making decisions/plotting directions

Senior year

Searching, interviewing, accepting, success!

Good luck in your career!

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Last Updated: 9/3/14