- Ryan Donaldson ’15
- Hometown: North Canton, Ohio
- Major: Medical Technology
When I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. I was interested in becoming a medical technologist, and heard that Mount Union had an outstanding medical technology program.
Student Career Timeline
- Meet with a member of the Career Development staff to establish a working relationship and to discuss any concerns.
- Take a variety of courses to help you select your major or minor.
- Begin establishing good rapport with professors, as some may be able to serve as references when you are pursuing internships and jobs later on.
- Focus on getting the grades you'll need to compete for jobs and graduate school.
- Join organizations and become actively involved. Seek a variety of volunteer and leadership opportunities. These may all be included on your resume.
- Investigate experiential learning opportunities (i.e. internships, externships).
- Investigate career fields that interest you through the Career Development website, the Career Development Resource Library, or other resources (i.e. Internet).
- Attend job and career fairs to become familiar with the job market and to become comfortable speaking with employers.
- Shadow various professionals in careers that interest you. Tap into the Exceptional Connections network for help in identifying potential mentors and job shadowing sites.
- Select and declare your major (if haven't already) and revisit assessments if necessary.
- Begin compiling additional samples of your work to include in your career portfolio.
- Begin work on your resume and cover letter.
- Begin to develop your list of references. Always ask for permission before using someone as a reference.
- Establish a FREE account with Career Development's resume and referral system, College Central Network.
- Become familiar with the internship process for your academic department (i.e. forms, deadlines, GPA requirements).
- Research and apply for internships or summer/part time jobs that can provide marketable skills. Consider pursuing an internship in Washington, DC. Ask us about The Washington Center! They offer internships for all majors.
- Explore opportunities to study abroad through the Center for Global Education.
- Sign up for BUS 243 -Exploring and Evaluating Life Options.
- Continue updating your resume and cover letter.
- Check out on-campus and off-campus recruiting events each semester (interviews; mock interviews; TGIF Job, Internship and Career Expo; Career Fest; and Stark County Collegiate Job Fair).
- Update your career portfolio.
- Continue to develop rapport with professors and update your reference list.
- Sign up for BUS 343 - Pursuing Personal Life/Career Plans.
- Research and apply for career related internships and summer jobs. Again, don’t forget The Washington Center!
- Attend job fairs for practice or to find internships.
- Become a leader in a student or volunteer organization.
- Begin to formalize your network of professors, employers, alumni, friends, and family by discussing career plans and seeking advice. Use Exceptional Connections for help making more contacts.
- Explore graduate school options.
- Attend the University of Mount Union Grad School Fair in early October.
- Begin grad school testing process.
- Continue to update your resume and career portfolio.
- Schedule an appointment to plan your job search strategy. Fall appointments are optimal, but any time before Spring Break is good.
- Re-evaluate your values, interests, skills and goals especially as they relate to job options and potential employers. Develop a list of organizations that you may like to work for after graduation. Think big - there are thousands of employers out there!
- Request a mid-year and a final GPA (major and overall) from the Registrar's Office
- Sign up for BUS 343 - Pursuing Personal Life/Career Plans if you haven’t already taken it.
- Buy interview attire (or put on your Christmas list).
- Continue networking with new and former contacts.
- Schedule as many on campus recruiting interviews as meet your professional goals.
- Apply for jobs and year-long internships and fellowships. You don’t have to wait until graduation to apply for jobs!
- Attend advertised job fairs. Check with Career Development each semester for dates and locations.
- Narrow your graduate school choices by fall of senior year.
- Apply to graduate schools prior to Christmas Break if possible.