4 Year Action Plan

Where will you be in four years? Will you be ready to join the work force?

No matter if you’re decided or unsure—if you're planning to graduate in four years and find your place in the work force, take steps now to reach your goals. It's never too early (or too late) to start. But—the earlier you start, the easier it will be to prepare!

First, develop the habit of stopping by the Career Planning office on a regular basis. Check in a few times during your freshman year, more often during your sophomore year, frequently during your junior year, and weekly during your senior year.

Here's a timeline to guide your progress:

Freshman Year: Settling into college; exploring majors and careers

  • Make an appointment at Career Planning to meet our advisors
  • Take a personality or interest assessment like the MBTI, Strong, and Self-Directed Search

First Year Checklist »


Sophomore Year: Expanding your reach on campus; testing career options

  • Join at least one club or group that has to do with your future career goals (this can be on- or off-campus)
  • Create your first resume, if you haven’t done so already
  • Conduct at least 3 informational interviews of people in careers you want to explore

Second Year Checklist »


Junior Year: Moving forward with a major/career choice; taking leadership roles

  • Take a leadership role in your clubs, organizations, research projects, etc…
  • Apply for internship opportunities on LionsLINK, along with opportunities through professors, starting in the Fall of your Junior year

Third Year Checklist »


Senior Year: Finishing up college; conducting a job-search or applying to graduate school

  • Come in to Career Planning to create a job-search campaign and check in regularly
  • Start applying for jobs 4-6 months before you graduate
  • Remember to network with mentors (professors, advisors, supervisors, family friends) who have influenced you along your college career

Fourth Year Checklist »


Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.