Congratulations! You’ve finally made it to your senior year. Believe it or not, this year will fly by and graduation will be here before you know it. Whether you know exactly what you want to do, or you need some help figuring it out, it’s time to make a senior year career plan. And not to beat a dead horse, but we are in a tough economy. In a good enconomy, it takes 6 – 9 months to find a job in one’s field. In a bad economy, you want to plan for a longer search. Graduate school is more competitive too, so starting early with a plan will lead you to success. Follow the steps below to get started:
1) Determine what you would like to be doing after graduation. Not sure? The University Career Center works with Counseling Services to offer assessments. You can also just schedule a time to talk to an advisor.
2) Get your resume or curriculum vitae in order. If your’re going straight to the world of work, a resume will be what you need. Vitaes are longer resumes that focus on academic research, teaching, and publications.
3) Research, research, research. You have so much access to information. Use search engines to pull information about careers as well as companies in particular geographic regions. Websites such as www.simplyhired.com allows you to pull job postings data from company websites.
4) Take advantage of on campus networking opportunities. This will be the only time in your life where companies and graduate schools will come to you. Register in Career Connection and use the Career Fair & Events Calendar. Over 200 companies and 50 graduate schools visit GCSU to meet you every year!
5) Be proactively professional. Buy an interview suit and practice your interview skills way before you have an interview scheduled. You never know when you’ll get the magic call, so be ready. The University Career Center offers mock interviews throughout the year.
6) Stay in touch with your College at GCSU. Faculty can be a resource for both job opportunities and graduate school study. In the College of Business, students also have access to a Career Advisor who helps with job placement.
7) Take a look at your social media presence. Is it clean? If so, then you’re on the right track. Now think about how you can use Twitter, LinkedIn, or a Blog to create a professional presence for yourself on the internet.
8) Finally, spend time each week on your job or graduate school search. This will allow you to plan ahead, adhere to deadlines, and be aware of new opportunities as soon as they are posted.
To get started, visit the University Career Center in 232 Lanier Hall. We’ll point you in the right direction!