Career Planning for Sophomores

Sophomore year is a time to narrow your interests, think carefully about possible careers, and, typically, declare your major.The Center for Career Planning & Internships can help you determine the right academic and career trajectory to match your unique skills, talents, and professional goals.

During the first semester of sophomore year, students should focus on the following:

  1. Utilize the online self-assessment inventory tool Focus2 to learn about your career-relevant personal qualities and to explore career fields and major areas of study that are most compatible with your assessment results.
  2. Attend a workshop to develop your resume
  3. Attend fall and spring internship fairs
  4. Attend Backpack-to-Briefcase (B2B) career panels to meet and learn from successful alumni
  5. Talk with professors, counselors, and parents about possible careers and internship or volunteer opportunities
  6. Meet with a career counselor to learn about different occupations and internship opportunities

During the second semester of sophomore year, students should focus on the following:

  1. Research and apply for internships or career-related part time jobs
  2. Register for a course to receive academic internship credit, if the internship is unpaid
  3. Join a professional association as a student member to learn more about career field and possible options
  4. Attend Backpack-to-Briefcase (B2B) career panels to meet and learn from successful alumni
  5. Talk with professors, counselors, and parents about possible careers and internship or volunteer opportunities
  6. Declare your major at the end of sophomore year