Career Exploration Timeline

career exploration
Even as early as freshman and sophomore years, it’s important to begin thinking about your life after college. As early as freshman year, it’s a good idea to identify your values, interests, and strengths.
Freshman and Sophomore Years:
  • Connect with your career office: There are often career advisors with drop-in hours or appointment slots available.
  • Explore potential majors, by using resources including What Can I Do With This Major?
  • Talk with your pre-major advisor / major faculty advisor about your interests
Sophomore and Junior Years:
  • Now’s the time to get some more work experience! Volunteering and/or interning with local organizations is a great way to gain experience.
  • Start looking into summer internships: look early, as many internship deadlines are early in the Spring semester
  • Reach out to Alumni from your field to learn more about their pathway
  • Edit and review your resume. Your Career Office would be happy to review your resume!
Junior and Senior Year:
  • Participate in on-campus recruitment fairs
  • Create a Linked-In profile
  • Consider fellowships and gap-year programs.
  • Prepare for graduate/professional school applications
  • Find out which exams you will need to prepare for:
    • GRE: Graduate schools across all disciplines
    • GMAT: Business Schools
    • LSAT: law school
    • TOEFL: If English is not your first language, you may need this test to verify English language proficiency. TOEFL results are also accepted as proof of English language proficiency in countries where this is required to obtain a visa.