If you are unsure of how your strengths, abilities and interests translate into the world of work, contact the Career Development office to take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory and/or StrengthsFinder assessment. Meet with a career counselor to review the results and get started on a plan.
Reflect on and write down your jobs, awards, significant class projects and other items that will help you build a resume and portfolio.
Gain practical experience by getting a summer job or internship related to your potential major or career interests. Sign in to CalvinLink for job and internship postings, on and off campus.
Sophomores: Making Decisions
Choose your major and narrow down your career direction. Visit a career counselor to discuss your major and career goals.
Conduct job shadowing experiences and/or informational interviews with professionals who are working in careers that you are considering.
Continue getting involved in extracurricular activities to develop leadership, teamwork and time management skills that employers value.
Create a profile on LinkedIn to start building your network with Calvin alumni and other professionals.
Develop your resume and cover letter and have them critiqued by Career Development staff. Use Optimal Resume as a tool to get started.
Prepare for interviews by scheduling a practice interview with a career counselor. Online practice is also available through Optimal Resume.
Secure an internship or part-time job in your career field. Sign in to CalvinLink for job and internship postings.
Employers are looking for candidates with strong communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Highlight experiences in your resume and cover letter that have helped strengthen your skills in these areas.
Attend career fairs and networking events. Talk with employers about job or internship opportunities and build your networking skills.
Update your profile on LinkedIn and continue your networking efforts.
Thinking about graduate school? Research graduate admission test requirements, upcoming test schedules and preparatory courses.
Seniors: Applying and Finalizing Plans
Visit a career counselor in the early fall to discuss your goals, develop a plan for your job search and ensure transition-readiness.
Assemble a professional portfolio that highlights significant accomplishments and experiences.