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Four-Year Career Success Plan

Four-Year Career Success Plan

FOUR-YEAR CAREER SUCCESS PLAN


Career Plan
freshman year
  • Find the Career Center on campus and discover the services offered
  • Identify and explore your interests, strengths, and values through a career assessment offered by McNeese’s Counseling Center
  • Explore major and career fields and make a tentative selection for major
  • If undecided, consult with academic advisor, Career Center, or Counseling Center
  • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major?” resource on Career Center website
  • Meet with your academic advisor to ensure course selection is in alignment with major/career path
  • Learn about and begin preparing resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills
  • Join student organizations of interest or relation to major
  • Build your profile in College Central Network – link found on Moodle
  • Utilize Office of Student Employment to find on-campus job opportunities
  • Seek employment opportunities to begin gaining work experience and developing professional skills
  • Participate in campus events and explore on-campus and community volunteer opportunities 
Sophomore Year
Sophomore YEAR
  • Revisit career assessment results in TypeFocus. Use your results to research career options. Add your favorites to your profile.
  • Maintain membership in clubs and organizations
  • Start confirming your career choice by gaining career related experiences (part-time jobs, internships, and/or volunteer opportunities) through College Central Network
  • Start developing relationships with professors and staff who can act as resources and references for you in your career search
  • Attend career fairs and workshops to build professional networking skills
  • Identify your current skills – which ones are strong, which can be further enhanced – and what skills you would like to or need to learn
  • Consider job shadowing in your field of interest
  • Learn about and begin considering internships
Junior Year
JUNIOR YEAR
  • Gain a leadership position in a student or organization.
  • Join a professional organization (as a student member)
  • Choose elective courses that can benefit your career plan/goals
  • Consider joining a faculty research project in your field
  • Obtain career related experiences (part-time jobs, internships, and/or volunteer opportunities) through College Central Network
  • Decide if graduate school is necessary to reach your career goals. If so, explore specifics schools and programs, and any course pre-requisite requirements needed.
  • Purchase interview appropriate clothing (business professional attire)
  • Update your resume, get it critiqued by the Career Center, then upload it to College Central Network
  • Schedule a mock-interview to practice interviewing skills
  • Attend Career Fair to network with employers and find out about internship opportunities
  • Explore career choices by setting up informational interviews with professionals in your field of interest
  • Research any areas of specialization in your field
Senior Year
SENIOR YEAR
  • Identify professionals who are willing to serve as references for you
  • Tailor your resume and cover letter to each full-time position for which you apply
  • Research specific job opportunities for McNeese students using College Central Network
  • Attend Career Fair and talk with employers about specific job opportunities
  • Evaluate job offers in respect to your most valued interests, skills, values, and life goals
  • Ensure you are meeting final graduate requirements
  • If applying to graduate school:  take admissions tests, write personal statements, and pay attention to application deadlines
  • Participate in on-campus recruiting activities
  • Develop a complete LinkedIn account
  • Join a professional association in your field