Your Four-Year Career Plan

Students and Alumni

First-Year: Settling into Life at Calvin

Sophomores: Exploring

  • Visit a career counselor to discuss your major and career goals.
  • Research more information about your potential career field by visiting the Career Resource Center on the main floor of Hekman Library.
  • Conduct job shadowing experiences and/or informational interviews with professionals who are working in careers that you are considering.
  • 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 and Strong Interest Inventory. Meet with a career counselor to review the results and plan your next steps.
  • Continue getting involved in extracurricular activities to develop leadership and collaborative skills.

Juniors: Making Decisions

  • Narrow your career choices to two or three fields. Meet with a career counselor for guidance and support as you make decisions.
  • Begin developing your resume and a generic cover letter and have them critiqued by Career Development staff.
  • Secure an internship or part-time job in your career field. Sign in to CalvinLink for job and internship postings, both on and off campus.
  • Attend career fairs. Talk with employers about job or internship opportunities and build your networking skills. Visit the career fairs page for a list of upcoming career fairs.
  • Thinking about graduate school? Research graduate admission test requirements, upcoming test schedules and preparatory courses.

Seniors: Making Connections

  • Visit a career counselor in the early fall to discuss your goals and develop a plan for your job search.
  • Assemble a professional portfolio that highlights significant accomplishments and experiences.
  • Refine your resume and cover letters.
  • Participate in a practice interview with a career counselor to polish your interviewing skills.
  • Attend career fairs in your geographical area of interest.
  • Use several methods in your job search (networking, using the Internet, attending job fairs, etc.).
  • If applicable, take graduate school admission test(s) and apply to graduate schools.
  • Believe that your job search will be fruitful!

Alumni: Re-Careering

  • Assess your interests and strengths.
  • Meet with a career counselor to discuss goals.
  • Consider self-assessment tests.
  • Utilize your network.
  • Set up a job-search strategy.
  • Follow through with your plan and revise it if necessary.