Junior = Prepare

Junior year is the perfect time to polish the skills you’ll need when you begin your career search next year. Set your goals and make a plan to accomplish these goals.

  • Join a new club or run for office in a continuing club activity. You’ll hone your public speaking and networking skills.
  • Prioritize participation in services related to job/internship search skills, such as mock interviewing, career etiquette, and job/internship development such as on and off-campus job and internship fairs and begin conversations with employers and professionals in fields that you know and don’t know. View a schedule of these opportunities.
  • Research how to work a career fair, develop your brand and elevator pitch, and practice these skills as often as possible.
  • Research and identify the companies and organizations for which you might like to work. Understand their interviewing process and note their hiring cycle on your calendar for next year.
  • Prioritize hands-on experience in your chosen field of study through internships, summer employment or volunteer work this summer.
  • Establish working relationships with faculty, staff and administrators who will later serve as references for you.
  • Polish your written business communication skills. Know how to write a professional email, cover letter (PDF) and thank you note.
  • Purchase and have pressed and ready at least one business professional and one business casual outfit.
  • Start networking with professionals in your field of interest through membership in a career-related professional organization and make sure you link with them through LinkedIn.
  • Research professional designation and /or licenses connected to your chosen profession and begin working towards these. Peer Career lists professional organizations under each major. Make sure you note designations and licenses on your resume.