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Career Timeline


What is a Career Timeline?

A career timeline from your freshman to senior year is a series of career related activities that will enhance your academic experience while preparing you for your professional life after graduation.

Why Follow a Career Timeline?
Students state that active participation in career related jobs/activities has assisted them in identifying a major that best suits them.
You have the opportunity to build a "network" of professionals who can provide you with information about the industry and leads for future employment.
Employers consistently state that students who gain experience throughout their college experience are bettered prepared to compete for the best jobs.

How Do I Get Started?
We recommend that you devise your career plan based on your current academic level. For a list of activities related to your academic level see below:

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FRESHMAN YEAR
It is really never too early to get started. Your timing is great!

~Enroll in a career exploration course. OCS staff can help you find one.
~Attend Job Fairs to meet professionals and learn about occupations/internships/jobs.
~Review the OCS workshops/Events Calendar for workshops on choosing a major/career.
~Conduct informational interviews with faculty, family, and the Alumni Network to learn more about specific careers.
~Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss appropriate career assessments that will help you to identify majors/careers compatible with your personal traits.

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SOPHOMORE YEAR
You're ahead of the curve and you're progressing nicely.

~Take an introductory course in the major you are exploring
~If you are still not clear about the major you want to pursue, schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss appropriate career assessments that will help you identify majors/careers that best suit you.
~Attend Job Fairs to meet employers and discuss career paths.
~Research occupations/careers of interest by visiting the OCS Resource Library.
~Conduct informational interviews with faculty, family, and the Alumni Network to learn more about specific careers.
~Visit the OCS Employment Web site to arrange for an internship or part-time job during the academic year and/or summer that will help you develop.
~Professional work habits
~Networks of professionals for future references
~Realistic perspectives of the professional work environment.
~Multiple experiences to build a competitive resume.

 


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JUNIOR YEAR
Keep up the good work. You're increasing your competitive edge and have a little more to go.

~Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor if you have any doubts about your major or career selection and/or enroll in a career exploration course for undecided upper division students
~Join a student organization supporting your major/career choice
~Attend all of the Job Fairs, talk with employers to build confidence and submit resumes for part- time and internship positions
~Register for elective classes that will enhance your employment options
~Get to know faculty, counselors, and administration
~Attend OCS workshops on resumes, interviews, and job search techniques

Visit the OCS Employment Web site to arrange for an internship or part-time job during the academic year and/or summer that will help you develop.

~Professional work habits
~Networks of professionals for future references
~Realistic perspectives of the professional work environment
~Multiple experiences to build a competitive resume

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SENIOR YEAR
Congratulations! You've done a splendid job and you're ready to beat the competition.

~Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss your commitment to your major/ career selection and design a specific campaign to obtain employment upon graduation. .
~Attend workshops on resumes, interviews, and job search techniques.
~Attend all Job Fairs to network, distribute resumes and discuss employment opportunities. Continue your membership in your Student Association to build and maintain your network of professionals.
~During your last semester, register for On-Campus Interviews (OCI) Interviews to interview for full-time professional positions and, visit the OCS Employment Web site to arrange for full-time employment upon graduation.
~Develop professional work habits, networks of professionals for future references and realistic perspectives of the professional work environment.
~Have multiple experiences to build a competitive resume
~Contact Faculty and Administrators to arrange for letter of reference.
~Join the most active professional association related to your career goals.