Career Development

Career Planning

Students can expect several career changes, life-long learning, and jobs requiring multi-tasking abilities.

Tips for Effective Career Planning

  • early career planning eliminates undue stress and hasty decisions
  • put less emphasis on major and more emphasis on skills, interests, personality-environment match
  • skills and experiences (such as internships and summer jobs) can open doors
  • thinking and taking action are both important

Become a quick-change artist

Expect flexible ways of working and ever-changing job descriptions. Become adaptable, not resentful. Your student is in charge of his/her career, not the company. Students can acquire these traits by becoming involved in athletics, internships and other extra-curricular activities where they are forced to balance varied responsibilities and interact with different types of people all in one day.

Commit fully to the job

Students can demonstrate to potential employers their commitment and dedication by developing a strong work ethic while in school. Maintaining good grades, enhancing leadership skills and "going the extra mile" can prove to future employers that they can thrive, not just survive, in the world of work.

Accept ambiguity and uncertainty

Student will be more successful if they are flexible and willing to jump at opportunities as they arise. Being creative while managing the future is a necessity. Students must develop a strong sense of self in order to carve out their vision. If students know themselves well, it's easier to accept the "gray" areas as their lives unfold. By developing strong support systems, including faculty, career services, parents, friends and co-workers, students should be able to navigate their careers through this "fog" with confidence.

Learn to behave like an entrepreneur

Students need to assume personal responsibility for their careers. Career Development is no longer referred to as the "placement office" for this very reason. The students who succeed are those that can make decisions and take action as if they are "their own boss". More and more first year students are coming into Career Development Office --these are the "entrepreneurs" who know that their futures require tools that they must initiate early on.

First Year: Self Assessment

Encourage your student to:

  • Meet with an adviser from CS to determine skills, interests and values and how they relate to choosing an academic major and career
  • Apply for a job on campus to enhance skills
  • Become familiar with the resources available in the Career Development Office.

Second Year: Career Exploration

Encourage your student to:

  • Conduct a job shadow or informational interview in order to learn more about career options
  • Become involved in campus activities and enhance leadership skills

Third Year: Experience

Encourage your student to:

  • Learn how to write a resume and cover letter
  • Learn the art of interviewing
  • Obtain an internship or career-related experience
  • If applicable, begin exploring graduate schools to become familiar with admission and test requirements

Fourth Year: Decision Making/Action

Encourage your student to:

  • Plan job search strategies
  • Attend campus and community job fairs
  • Utilize the Handshake and Online career resources regularly
  • Network in their chosen career field
  • Meet with Career Development staff on a regular basis

Remember, career planning doesn't happen overnight or in a vacuum!