Following a defined plan throughout your time on campus will increase the likelihood that you will be prepared to achieve your goals by the time you are ready to graduate from AU. This general guide is meant to provide you with several career-related activities you can follow each of your four years at AU. However, this is by no means "set in stone." It is common for students to change majors and even career options during college, so this plan will change and grow along with you.
Your first year of college is all about identifying your interests, abilities, personality, and values that help you to decide on a career path. Once you've narrowed your career search, you can decide on an academic plan (major) to get you there!
- Explore the Career Development Center (CDC) website to familiarize yourself with all of the great career-related tools and resources available.
- Register for a Raven CareerLink account (www.anderson.edu/ravencareerlink).
- Get to know the CDC Career Peers who are available to help you with your resume, cover letters, and much more.
- Develop short- and long-term career plans to acquire the education, practical work experience and exposure needed to reach your career goals.
- Create a resume and have it reviewed by the CDC.
- Attend the annual Majors Career Fair in the fall to learn about AU majors.
- Make a tenative choice regarding a major field of study. Seek help from an academic advisor (your faculty mentor) who will help you schedule classes in core areas that lead to your degree.
- Meet faculty and administrators who are here to help you discover your passion.
- Attend a career fair on campus to network with employers.
- Identify a good summer job that will help you develop confidence and transferrable skills, gain maturity in the working world, learn how to get along with others in the workforce, and earn money for tuition and college expenses.
Enroll in Career and Life Planning (LART 1200) if you are struggling to decided on a major. This class will help you learn how to use career assessment results to identify occupations and AU majors leading to your career of interest You'll learn how to write your resume and cover letters as well as how to network and interview for internships and summer jobs that give you the experience employers are seeking.
Your sophomore year is a time to build upon what you learned throughout your freshman year. Continue to explore career options if you are still undecided about what you want to do after you graduate. Continue to network and seek advice from professionals in your field of interest - AU alums are usually very happy to help, so contact the Alumni Office at 765-641-4055 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
- Update your Raven CareerLink account to include your summer job, volunteer, or internship experience.
- Review your career goals and adjust your plan of action accordingly.
- Get involved! Join a club, professional organization or some kind of extracurricular activity. Employers love to see service experience on a resume!
- Learn to increase your marketability by taking classes that complement your major and career goals.
- Stop by the CDC during drop-in hours for quick questions or schedule an appointment with a career advisor for additional guidance.
- Create or update your resume.
- Attend a career fair to network with employers and/or graduate school representatives.
- Research for an internship related to your major. Or search for a summer job or volunteer experience within your field of interest to add much-valued experience to your resume.
Make an appointment with a Career Advisor in the Career Development Center to review your career goals and adjust your plan of action accordingly.
Research and identify organizations/companies that are of interest to you. Determine the various skills in which they seek in their employees.
Connect with employers by attending job fairs and other career events to further learn about the industry and job opportunities.
Develop a networking list that connects you with individuals within your field of interest.
Seek another internship in your chosen industry or field to further develop your skills, gain practical work experience, and to develop additional career connects.
Complete graduate school applications if you plan to pursue graduate school.
Make an appointment with a Career Advisor in the Career Development Center to review your career goals and adjust your plan of action for the coming year, along with understanding how to "target" your resume toward specific jobs.
Update and polish your resume so that it clearly states the knowledge and skills obtained through your education and experiences.
Connect with your network to learn about happenings with the industry and job opportunities.
Forward your resume to possible employers, attend job fairs, and on-campus interviews.
Follow up with graduate school applications if you applied to graduate school.
- Revise your résumé to include your current GPA (and/or major G.P.A.) Update your address, phone, and e-mail.
- Continue to collect references and recommendations.
- Request an official copy of your transcript to keep for your records. Make extra copies to give to an employer.
- Gather your certifications and licenses for your job portfolio. Make extra copies.
- Set a realistic time frame for continuing your job search.
If you do not have a job by graduation, meet with Career Development Center. Plan your job search and polish your interviewing skills. Keep in touch. Many job fairs happen over the summer - You can participate in these!