Career Development Student Timeline

Your Four-Year Career Plan

First 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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