Your Four-Year Career Plan
First-Year: Settling into Life at Calvin
- 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!
- 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.