Start Early with Career Services…Your Four-Year Plan
No Matter What Year You Are!
- Check the Career Services calendar of events for programs and interview opportunities.
- Refine and upload your résumé on the Job and Internship Board for access to internships and job postings (contact us for passwords-see tutorial online).
- Use CareerShift (part of the Job and Internship Board) to find internships and jobs all over the country (and beyond!).
- Attend various programs and information sessions conducted by Career Services and other experts.
- Start exploring in December for a summer career related internship--start early to find the best variety of options.
- Practice mock interviews with employers and/or Career Services staff.
- Attend the many Job and Internship Fairs, most of which are offered on campus.
- Explore your options at the Graduate and Professional School Fair each semester on campus.
- Join Wittenberg Career Services on: Facebook, Twitter and connect with alumni group on LinkedIn.
- Visit Career Services to discover and assess your skills, interests, and work related values so you can begin thinking about a major.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions—talk with career advisors, faculty and alumni to begin exploring different interests.
- Get involved in at least one campus or community activity to develop leadership and other marketable skills.
- Consider job-shadowing professionals in your potential field of interest.
- With your faculty advisor, confirm your choice of major and clarify program requirements.
- Schedule an appointment in Career Services to make sure you are on track with your career goals.
- Examine your extra-curricular activities to identify your marketable skills.
- Continue to develop your résumé—highlight your accomplishments.
- Practice your writing and speaking skills—take courses in communication, critical thinking and writing skills. These are critical skills for any career.
- Consider using community service requirement as an opportunity to explore career interests and gain experience.
- Stay up to date--update your résumé after each new accomplishment.
- Join professional organizations affiliated with your field.
- Conduct informational interviews to develop contacts and gather information.
- Investigate graduate school options; talk with your advisor.
- Gather information on the application process; take graduate school entrance exams in the spring.
- Do a summer research project if you are a science major or interested in attending medical or other health profession schools.
- Think about a job search plan. Take into consideration the market, geographic preferences, financial needs, etc.
- Some employers interview and hire May graduates during the fall semester; December grads will also have opportunities in the fall.
- Create drafts of cover letter for the job search.
- Set up your account on LinkedIn; tap into your network for job leads.
- Meet with a career advisor to develop a job search strategy and update your résumé highlighting your results.
- Practice your interviewing skills through mock interviews in Career Services.
- Take graduate school entrance exams and finalize graduate school applications.
- Obtain faculty letters of recommendation.
- Even if you are not planning to go to grad school right away, take tests during the fall semester—results are good for five years.
- Work on personal statement for graduate school.
- Apply for fellowships and/or assistantships.
- Sign up for on-campus interviews in the Career Services office.
- Attend Annual Networking Learning Event.