Career Planning for Seniors

Identifying Career Options    

  • Make an individual appointment with one of the career counselors  
  • Use FOCUS 2, located on VikingWeb, to explore job/career fields
  • Continue to research potential employers in your area of interest 
  • Explore the Alumni Career Network, located on VikingWeb, for career  and employer information  
  • Conduct informational interviews with alumni, family and friends 
  • Network with professionals in your chosen field of study 
  • Talk with the Career Center about internship resources, process and paperwork 
  • Work with faculty members to develop an academic internship 
  • Attend academic departmental Career Conversation programs to learn about job search suggestions from recent alumni
  • Utilize “ What Can I Do with a Major In….?" to connect your major to your career.

Getting Experience  

  • Develop your resume and have it reviewed by a Career Center counselor 
  • Apply for appropriate undergraduate and graduate Scholarships and Fellowships 
  • Attend Career Center workshops on job search topics 
  • Take on leadership and supervisory roles in on-campus & off-campus work as well as student and professional organizations 
  • Participate in an internship that is related to your major.
  • Participate in a student professional organization, attend a conference 
  • Sign up for a Mock Interview and attend the Etiquette Dinner 
  • Attend on- and off-campus career fairs to talk to employers about the types of jobs they offer 

Job Search  

  • Make an individual appointment with one of the career counselors  
  • Revise resume and draft a cover letter to be critiqued by a Career Center counselor 
  • Use the  Berry Career Central to manage your job search 
  • Use the Career Library, Career Center home page links and other resources to identify career options 
  • Develop an employer prospect list with company contact names and addresses and send them your resume and a cover letter  
  • Network! (use the Alumni Career Network) 
  • Conduct informational interviews 
  • Build your professional wardrobe  
  • Participate in Mock interviews, Etiquette Dinner and other Career Center programming 
  • Check Career Center for dates of  career fairs and on campus interviews 
  • Research employers prior to career fairs and interviews 
  • Attend on & off-campus career fairs; follow-up with a letter and resume to employers that interest you or online applications 
  • Participate in on-campus interviewing 
  • Send thank-you note after interviews  

Graduate/Professional School Search   

  • Revise resume and draft a cover letter to be critiqued by a Career Center counselor  
  • Participate in a Kaplan Test drive  
  • Attend a Graduate/Professional school workshop 
  • Talk with faculty members about graduate programs within your academic field and ask for letters of recommendation 
  • Begin the Graduate/Professional application process early 
  • Have several people read your statement of purpose  
  • Visit graduate school programs and schedule interviews 
  • Apply for appropriate graduate Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Apply for financial aid 
  • Build your professional wardrobe