Career Planning for Seniors

Your senior year may begin with growing clarity about your future post-graduation, but it can also be a time of great uncertainty. In that case, avoid comparing yourself to friends in other fields and focus on your own path, which will have its own process and cycles. The Center for Career Planning & Internships can help you visualize that path, implement a plan, and make the final transition from your college years to your professional future.

In their first semester, seniors should pursue the following:

  1. Meet with a career counselor early to focus your search and learn job search strategies
  2. Submit applications to graduate schools, if warranted
  3. Apply for fellowships
  4. Update your resume
  5. Complete an internship or two
  6. Attend Backpack-to-Briefcase (B2B) career panels to network with successful alumni
  7. Talk with professors, counselors and parents about possible careers and internship or volunteer opportunities
  8. Take Career Planning Class INTD 14, if possible

In their second semester, seniors should pursue the following:

  1. Attend career workshops to gain job search skills
  2. Sign up for on-campus interviewing
  3. Attend the spring career fair to apply for positions
  4. Research employers and keep up by reading current news articles and trade publications
  5. Attend Backpack-to-Briefcase (B2B) career panels to network with successful alumni
  6. Talk with professors, counselors and parents about possible careers and internship or volunteer opportunities
  7. Finalize resume and review it with a career counselor and alumni in your career field of choice
  8. Schedule a mock interview
  9. Focus on completing your degree requirements for graduation