Career Planning Guide


Freshman Year - Self Awareness
· Identify skills, interests, and values-consider taking interest/career assessment tests
· Participate in Career Development/Freshman seminar
· Go to www.kean.edu/~career and learn to navigate the website
· Research majors/careers that match your skills, interests, and values
· Develop/update resume
· Look for part-time or summer work to gain knowledge and experience about career fields
· Take courses with the service learning component
· Consider volunteering as a way to gain experience
· Become active in campus activities - join a club or organization
Sophomore Year - Career Awareness
· Continue research and narrow career choices
· Determine academic requirements for career interests
· Conduct at least two informational interviews or job shadowing
· Determine skills needed for your career choice(s) and create a plan to develop or improve them
· Develop short term and long term goals
· Update resume and have it critiqued
· Take resume to Cooperative Education office and complete application for a co-op or internship
· Join a student chapter of a professional association related to your major
· Stay active in campus activities and organizations
· Meet with academic advisor for assistance with course decisions and choice of majors
· Officially declare your major with the Registrar's Office
Junior Year - Academic Awareness
· Meet with your academic advisor to ensure you are on the track for graduation
· Make decisions on specific career areas and begin research on the business or industry
· Participate in co-op/internship program to ensure you have practical experience to add to your resume
· View interview video and begin to practice
· Attend Teacher Job Fairs or Career Days/ Dialogues with Employers/table recruitment sessions/workshops
· Take leadership role in clubs or student organizations
· Consider graduate school and obtain information on schools and requirements
· Continue with information interviewing/job shadowing
· Begin to gather recommendations and provide each person with a copy of your resume (and do so each time you update it)
· Start to look for and build a professional wardrobe
Senior Year - Professional Awareness
· Have your resume and cover letter critiqued
· Consider your values as you select the companies where you apply for employment
· Coordinate your personal calendar with scheduled on campus career activities (see www.kean.edu/~career)
· Gather industry standard salary information
· Attend local professional association meetings and remain active in student associations
· Review interview video and schedule mock interview
· Develop a list of prospective employers
· Research any employer you plan to interview with and develop a list of questions for them
· Take graduate school exams and complete applications
· Keep notes and records on all job search activities
· Be sure to follow-up each interview with a thank you note

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