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Student Career Timeline

Freshman Year

  • 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.

Sophomore Year

  • 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.

Junior Year

  • 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.

If applicable

  • Explore graduate school options.
  • Attend the University of Mount Union Grad School Fair in early October.
  • Begin grad school testing process.

Senior Year

  • 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.

If applicable

  • Narrow your graduate school choices by fall of senior year.
  • Apply to graduate schools prior to Christmas Break if possible.