The Fool Proof 4 Year Plan to Getting a Job After College

Victoria Perrotta

Attending college as a student is a huge cost, time commitment and burden. The rewards of attending college can lead to a career in your desired field as well as possibly a large paycheck. Students attend college in hopes of understanding their major by the time they graduate. What is the point of attending school if you do not have a plan to get that job by the time you are ready to leave and enter the work force?

So I am disclosing the four plan every student should live by in hopes of gaining a career after graduation!!

Freshman year

Start to ask questions, explore your options, spend time understanding your major.

  • Acquaint yourself with your STAC’s Career Development’s webpage. This is a great place to find Job posting services like Spartan Jobs. There are great resources that are offered to students and alumni alike to help get you started.
  • Make an appointment in the Career Development Office. The more they know your face the more they can help you in the future.
  • Take serious note of the events, services, tests, and online that are offered in the Career Development office.
  • Attend Career Fairs that are offered each semester at STAC.
  • Become a leader on campus. This is a great way to build up your resume, gain many hard and soft skills, and make connections with the faculty, your peers and alumni
  • Attend a Resume Writing Workshop, and write your first resume.

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Sophomore year

Spend time researching the steps and options you need to take:

  • Schedule an appointment with the Career Development director or a Career Ambassador to bring your-self update about what need’s improvement in your career path.
  • Update your resume. Once that is done you can bring it to the Career Development office to have it critiqued and revised.
  • Attempt to look for Internships that relate directly with your career goals.
  • Attend Career Fairs, research the attending employers and see if they meet your goals
  • Look up new skills that employers look for in an intern and future employee.

 Fall 2015 Career Development Events Flyer as of Sept. 30

Junior Year

Make concrete decisions, make definite steps!!

  • Create a build a professional wardrobe, so you are ready to go on interviews and look professional for interviews
  • Research potential employers and your job market.
  • Schedule an appointment with a career services counselor to have your updated resume critiqued.
  • Narrow your career interests. Know a direct path and career to follow.
  • Ask for future references from former employers and professors.
  • Consider the option of Graduate school, get information about their entrance exams.

Senior Year

Search! Go on Interviews!!! GET A JOB

  • Make sure your resume is up to date!!! Have it reviewed by the Career Development Office to make sure there are ABSOLUTLEY no mistakes
  • Brush up on your interview skills with and interview workshop OR Mock Interviews that are hosted during the fall semester.
  • Under the realities of your expected job, from salaries, hours, big players in the field, the information of potential employers.
  • Write a rough draft of a cover letter that can be revised for a variety of employers.
  • Read up on the local news in your field, make sure you are aware of what is new in your field.
  • Follow up on applications to meet with potential employers.
  • If you are planning to go to graduate school, take graduate school entrance exams and complete applications.

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