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This blog and its resources are here to assist all students throughout their college years and into their careers. Blog is moderated by a Certified Professional Career Coach and Master Tutor Trainer. Site moderator, Neil O'Donnell, is an EOP graduate of Buffalo State College and can be reached at odonnenp@buffalostate.edu.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Career-Minded Student - the basic blueprint to get from Freshmen to Employed Graduate

Me teaching undergraduates and graduate students (I was just a Junior at the time - a paid job... not an internship!)
Hi everyone:

Okay, so what do you need to do to increase the likelihood you will graduate from college and be able to find a major-related job soon after graduating?  Networking and seeking guidance with professors in your major AND area professionals is key!  That said, here is a blueprint for steps for you to take to increase your odds of career success after graduation:

Freshman Year:
1) Complete Career Assessment at college’s Career Center.
2) Review Career Assessment results with Career Center Staff Member.                                                3) Discuss Majors of interest with Department Faculty (potential job opportunities, career paths and relevant courses in other majors to consider taking using free electives).
4) Discuss with Faculty jobs and volunteer opportunities available to undergraduates, which would provide good experience.
5) Discuss the need/usefulness of studying abroad to career goals with Department Faculty.
6) Complete introductory classes in Major

Sophomore Year:
1) Select concentration within Major and Department Advisor.
2) Discuss graduate school needs and options for Major/career goals with
Department Advisor and/or Department Faculty.
3) Start taking appropriate non-Major courses that would complement career goals.
4) Connect with off-campus professionals (particularly Alumni) to further  investigate job options related to Major as well as useful coursework to consider taking in preparation for  student’s career.
5) Attend campus lectures, guest speaker events and other Major-related events.
6) Discuss with Department Faculty current career goals and related long-term educational needs.  Start looking into required graduate exams and take ‘practice’ exams when offered.

Junior Year:
1) Complete internship(s); seek additional career/Major guidance from internship Supervisor.
2) Begin studying for and take graduate school exams (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, etc.).
3) Start attending off-campus conferences related to Major and career interests.

Senior Year:
1) Complete additional internship(s); strengthen contacts with community leaders, not-for-profit institutions and businesses related to student’s Major/career path.
2) Complete graduate school exams (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, etc.).
3) Compile list of references from professors; obtain three to five written recommendations from amongst these references.
4) Through college Alumni Office, connect with Alumni from Major to investigate career options as well as local and national job openings.  Also investigate all benefits Alumni Office offers to graduates.
5) Work with Department Faculty and Career Center staff to construct an updated résumé and references list.