Four Year Career Plan
Exploring: Self Assessment and Career Planning Activities
- Begin to identify interests, abilities, skills and personal/work values
- Seek career counseling to discuss "choosing a major" and/or identify possible career options
- Explore a wide variety of majors
- Talk to academic advisors about the majors you are considering
- Develop and practice good study, organizational, and functional skills
- Investigate campus organizations that might interest you. This is a
good way develop leadership, organizational, and planning skills
- Participate in campus activities - get involved in what's happening on campus
- Seek summer, part-time, and volunteer jobs to explore careers and gain valuable experience
Write the answers to the following four key questions
1. What do I want to do?
2. What can I do?
3. What do I need to do to develop myself further?
4. How can I get the job I want after graduation?
Deciding: Career Exploration and Investigation Activities
- Continue exploring your academic interests through a variety of courses
- Learn about career options in the various majors by talking with professionals in those areas
- "Shadow" - spend a day on the job with a career person
- Talk with family, friends, peers, counselors, professors, etc. about your career choice
- Meet with your academic advisor to discuss requirements and procedures for declaring your chosen field
- Confirm your choice of an academic major
- Investigate internships, co-ops, part-time work, summer jobs and volunteer programs to gain valuable experience
Investigate International programs
Experience: Gaining Career Experience
- Consider options after graduation: career or graduate/professional school
- Research career options and decide which ones are most appealing
- Conduct information interviews in these career fields
- Continue building practical experience through employment, volunteer work, internships, etc.
- Seek leadership positions in school organizations to develop organizational, public speaking, writing, and other relevant skills
- Identify and research companies of interest. Determine those attending
VSU career fairs and establish contact with representatives
- Begin Networking - make contacts and keep a journal on all employment
- If considering graduate study, identify possible schools and send for
admissions information. Pick up application booklet for admission exams
- Develop an effective resume and have it critiqued by a career counselor
Check Career Services Resume Workshop Classes to assist you in writing your resume
Job Seeking: Job Search/Transition to Work Activities
- Develop your resume, register and maintain a placement file with our office
- Actively participate in our on-campus interviews and our resume referral
- Attend campus wide CAREER/JOB FAIRS
- Visit the Career Resource Center which contains job listings, employer
and graduate school information and company literature
- Identify companies who don’t interview on campus, research them, and
network to establish contacts
- Attend workshops or see a counselor about job search strategies,
interviewing skills, preparing a cover letter, etc.
- Plan and design your own effective job search strategy
- Participate in our mock-interviewing process
- Join a Professional Association (become actively involved)
- Continue developing related work, leadership and other skills necessary for your career objective
- Student Union, 2nd Floor, Room 2218 Valdosta, Georgia 31698
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta, GA 31698
- Phone: 229.333.5942
- Fax: 229.259.5515