College to Career Planning Timetable

 

AWARENESS!

  • Increase self-knowledge about interests, values, skills and personality by taking Personal Assessments like Focus2.
  • Contact Career Services for assessment tools, additional resources and available services.
  • Begin to develop a relationship with your Faculty Advisor.
  • Put together a draft of your resume. Contact Mariah Green to review career related documents.
  • Become involved in student organizations and activities on and off campus. For information on how to get involved, contact the University Center's LEAD Office.
  • Do your best academically. A strong GPA will provide you with more financial and academic opportunities.
  • Explore majors and careers that relate to your interests, values and skills. Visit Western State Colorado University's Academic Programs and the What Can I Do With a Major In...? resource.
EXPLORE!

  • Continue developing your relationship with your Advisor.
  • Attend workshops on resume writing and interviewing skills while continuing to develop your resume.
  • Continue to take an active role in clubs and organizations.
  • Maintain a strong GPA.
  • Declare a major by the end of your sophomore year.
  • Attend Western's Career, Job & Internship Fair.
  • Research industries, companies, and internships utilizing Western's list of resources/websites.
  • Begin planning for your internship experience.
  • Work a part-time job to gain experience.
EXPERIENCE!

  • Meet with your Advisor to finalize academic plans.
  • Update your resume.
  • Become a leader in a student organization.
  • Continue to maintain a strong GPA.
  • Attend Western's Career, Job & Internship Fair to network with employers.
  • Network with Academic Departments to research and apply for internships.
  • Visit with Career Services to explore career and graduate opportunities.
  • Solicit references from faculty, staff and employers.
  • Interview employers within your career interests - this term is called "Informational Interviews".
  • Attend workshops of interest provided to you by Career Services.
RESEARCH!

  • Meet with your Faculty Advisor to finalize graduation plans.
  • Update and finalize your resume and cover letter.
  • Attend Western's Career, Job & Internship Fair and Etiquette Dinner to continue networking with employers.
  • Target specific jobs and career interests.
  • Obtain three to five references from faculty, staff and/or employers.
  • Join a professional association.
  • Begin a comprehensive job search and/or complete applications for graduate school.
  • Attend workshops of interest provided to you by Career Services.
  • Schedule your individualized appointment with Career Services to discuss all related application materials (graduate school and/or career related).