4-Year Career Action Plan Career development is a lifelong process. Planning for your career does not happen only during your senior year. The USFSP Career Center Motto is Explore. Engage. Excel. This 4-Year Career Action Plan will help you complete action items allowing you to explore, engage, and excel along the way to career success. First Year & Prospective Students Self-Inquiry and Awareness Academic Career & Life Read your USFSP catalog and explore the major options that fit your career plans. Consult with an academic advisor to plan a course of study and select classes. Focus on your studies and strive for a high grade point average which employers’ value. Visit the Academic Success Center if you need assistance academically or with your study habits and/or test anxiety. Get to know upperclassmen, faculty members, and administrators who can provide you with information about major options. Meet with a Career Peer Advisor or Counselor to identify skills, abilities, interest, and values as they relate to college majors and career. Take the My Plan assessment Get involved with campus activities, join a student organization, or get involved with student government. Attend career classes, workshops, seminars, career fairs and employer panels. Investigate volunteer opportunities. Create a résumé have it critiqued at the Career Center. Log-in to your Recruit-A-Bull account update your profile and upload a résumé. Obtain a part-time job to increase your transferable skills and experience. Attend Part-Time Job Fairs and Employer Spotlights Search for on-campus employment at usfsp.edu/jobs Search for off-campus employment on RecruitA-Bull Sophomores Assessment and Exploration Academic Continue to focus on maintaining good academic progress. Contact the internship coordinator in your college or major department to determine internship requirements and begin the internship search process. Career & Life Clarify skills, abilities, interests, and values as they relate to potential careers. Explore career options online via http://onetonline.org and other online guides. Explore career options by attending employer information sessions, and viewing job descriptions available from employers recruiting on-campus. Research employers on Recruit-A-Bull and via other online websites. Further develop your résumé by adding your campus activities, volunteer experiences and parttime jobs. Schedule a mock interview in the Career Center. Continue to be involved with campus activities and student organizations. Conduct informational interviews or job shadowing with career professionals and identify career mentors. 4-Year Career Action Plan - Continued Juniors Gain Career Experience Academic Consult with an advisor in your major to confirm degree requirements. Continue to focus on maintaining good academic progress. Career & Life Meet with a Career Peer or Counselor to discuss career choices. Explore career options by attending employer information sessions. Revise post-graduation career goals and specific action steps to assist you in achieving. Update your Recruit-A-Bull profile and résumé. Reality test your career choices by completing experiential education such as internships, study abroad, or service-learning. Continue developing skills and abilities through student organization, internships, part-time employment, and volunteer. Request to job shadow or conduct site visits in your career field. Pick up the Career Centers Guide to Graduate School. Explore programs and entrance requirements for graduate school. Make plans to take entrance tests appropriate to your program. Update your résumé and explore career options. Obtain 3-5 strong references from faculty, staff, advisors, supervisors, coaches, etc. Seniors Job Search Academic Career & Life Consult with academic advisor/registrar to confirm degree requirements. Strive to finish strong academically. Employers value a good GPA and academic skills. Apply for Graduation! Sharpen job search skills; attend Career Center events and workshops focusing on job search strategies. Apply to graduate and professional schools. Attend Job Fairs and networking opportunities on and off campus. Meet with a Career Center Staff regularly to discuss opportunities and options. Identify on and off-campus recruiting opportunities. Network with professionals and alumni. Use the Internet in job search activities. Create a LinkedIn profile and use it to join groups, connect with others, and expand your professional network online. Have résumé critiqued at the Career Center. Schedule a mock interview if not done previously or schedule another to improve your skills further. Develop a way to track your job applications. Submit job applications, follow-up appropriately. Prepare for job interviews by researching companies, market trends, and salary trends. Develop negotiation skills, research similar job benefits and salary levels and be prepared to discuss upon being offered a job. Complete the USFSP Graduation Senior Survey upon graduating and let us know your postgraduation plans. Career preparation starts early! The earlier you start career planning the more your chances for success improve. Conversely, it is never too late to begin taking action steps toward a career goal.