Center for Career Development

Your Four-Year Career Plan

Freshman Year ›

Sophomore Year ›

    • Update your resume and upload it into our Handshake online resume and job database for referral to employers.
    • Update your Handshake account and begin applying for cooperative education and/or internship opportunities and attend all career fairs.
    • Obtain your GOLD Career Readiness Certification (Freshman-Sophomore) to increase workplace knowledge.
    • Improve your interviewing skills by using the InterviewStream online software system.
    • Join a career-related or professional organization.

Junior Year ›

    • Participate in a cooperative education or internship program and gain experience in your major.
    • Network — attend career fairs, both on and off campus and pursue a leadership role in a campus organization.
    • Don't forget to start working toward your PURPLE Career Readiness Certification and upload your updated resume inside your Handshake account.
    • Considering graduate school? Begin researching programs of interest, admission requirements and testing deadlines. Attend Graduate and Professional School fair.

Senior Year ›

    • Finalize your resume in Handshake and practice your interviewing skills with InterviewStream.
    • Begin applying for full-time jobs 8-10 months before graduation.
    • Participate in Career Development on-campus interview, as well as attend all career fairs and workshops.
    • If you haven't already, obtain your PURPLE Career Readiness Certification (Junior-Senior) to learn valuable transition skills.
    • Applying to graduate school? Get assistance with personal statements and resumes. Submit applications by required deadlines.


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