It is not to late to start building your career!
Here's a timeline to guide your progress:
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.
Making decisions/plotting directions
- Schedule an appointment with OCIP to have your updated resume critiqued
- Narrow your career interests
- Review your participation in a co-op program or explore internship opportunities with a career services professional
- Participate in interviewing, cover-letter writing, and other job-search workshops
- Practice your skills at mock interviews
- Review your progress in learning four (or more) skills employers look for in new hires
- Attend on-campus career and job fairs and employer information sessions that relate to your interests
- Take leadership positions in clubs and organizations
- Consider graduate school and get information on graduate entrance examinations
- Ask former employers and professors to serve as references or to write recommendations to future employers
- Complete at least five informational interviews in careers you want to explore
- Shadow several professionals in your field
- Research potential employers and talk to recent graduates in your major about the job market and potential employers
- Start your professional wardrobe
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