Skip to Content

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 resume 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  the fall 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, Instragram and connect with alumni group on LinkedIn and Evertrue
  • Attend Annual Networking Learning and Dining Etiquette Event

Freshman Year

  • 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

Sophomore Year

  • 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 resume - 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

Junior Year

  • Stay up to date--update your resume 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/summer
  • 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.

Senior Year

  • 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 resume 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

 

Back to top