Career Planning for First-Year Students

The first year of college provides unfamiliar and exciting opportunities, challenges, and rewards. As a first-year student, you should familiarize yourself with all campus services at Whittier College, including the Center for Career Planning & Internships.

In the first semester of their college career, entering students should focus on the following:

  1. Register on  Poet Paths to receive career/job and internship information
  2. Register for classes to explore interests
  3. Focus on grades—don’t forget that first-year grades will affect your overall GPA and, potentially, your candidacy for future employment
  4. Visit the Center for Career Planning & Internships to learn more about what we do and how we can help support your career development
  5. Attend Backpack to Briefcase (B2B) career panels to meet and learn from successful alumni
  6. Talk with professors, counselors and parents about possible careers and internship or volunteer opportunities

In the second semester of their college career, first-year students should focus on the following:

  1. Meet with a career counselor to create a personalized Career Development Action Plan
  2. Take Career Planning Class, INTD 13, if possible
  3. Attend Backpack-to-Briefcase (B2B) career panels to meet and learn from successful alumni
  4. Talk with professors, counselors and parents about possible careers and internship or volunteer opportunities
  5. Develop a first draft of a resume and see a career counselor for feedback