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Prepare for Success

Roadmap to your future

  • YEAR 1

    Goal: Build Your Brand & Get Involved

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  • YEAR 2

    Goal: Begin Your Career Search

    • Strive to earn a strong GPA (3.0 +)
    • Check in with your CDS Career Counselor
    • Attend CDS events, employer info sessions, workshops and career fairs
    • Request informational interviews and job shadowing with professionals in your field of interest
    • Update your resume via VMock and include memberships and class projects related to your major
    • Practice interviewing via mock interviews and InterviewStream
    • Update your professional wardrobe
    • Meet professionals who can serve as mentors and provide references
    • Join or, if already a member, seek leadership roles with student clubs
    • Build a LinkedIn profile with a professional headshot
    • Actively use Handshake to apply for internships, co-ops and special programs—Apply early! For some majors, more opportunities are available in the junior year, so don’t be discouraged
    • Ensure that you are meeting graduation requirements
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  • YEAR 3

    Goal: Secure an Internship/Co-op

    • Maintain a strong GPA (3.0 +)
    • Meet with a CDS Career Counselor
    • Actively use Handshake to apply for co-ops and internships — remember to apply early!
    • Attend CDS events, employer info sessions, workshops and career fairs
    • Pursue a leadership position with a student organization
    • Considering graduate school? Explore school and program options
    • Update your resume via VMock and LinkedIn profile
    • Practice interviewing via mock interviews and InterviewStream
    • Tailor class projects and research papers around your career interests
    • Ensure that you are meeting graduation requirements
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  • YEAR 4

    Goal: Launch Your Career

    • Meet with CDS Career Counselor
    • Start the job search and application process early
    • Attend career fairs and employer information sessions to secure career opportunities
    • Take graduate school admission tests, write personal statements, cover letters and follow deadlines. Better early than late!
    • Update your resume via VMock and LinkedIn profile
    • Evaluate your preferred geographical region and conduct salary research specific to your location
    • Continue to network with friends, family, employers, and alumni; keep them updated on your job search
    • Stay involved in student activities
    • Complete the First Destination Survey 
    • Request reference letters
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  • Graduate School

    Goal: Advance Your Career

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