Students - Career Services

There will never be a better time than now to prepare for life after Western. Keep yourself on track by following some simple steps throughout your college years.

Career Exploration Timeline

First Year: Awareness

Set Yourself Up for Success

  • Attend class and study hard! It's easier to maintain a strong GPA than to raise a low GPA. Strong grades will provide more financial and academic opportunities down the road.
  • Get to know each of your professors individually. Seriously, introduce yourself on the first day of class and ask your professor, "What do I need to do to pass this course?"
  • Talk to faculty, staff, Career Services and others who are familiar with your field of study (or your potential field of study).

Explore Majors and Careers

Get Involved

Learn About Yourself

  • Reflect on your experiences to understand your likes, dislikes, aptitudes and interests.
  • Try out My Next Move to see how your preferences might inform your choice of major and career.

Second Year: Exploration

Deepen your Involvement

  • Continue involvement in on-campus and community organizations.
  • Consider taking on more active leadership roles within organizations or through campus employment.

Declare a Major

  • Identify a major that fits both your personal and career interests. 
  • Consult with your academic advisor, family or others to discuss major requirements and career prospects.

Prepare for Internship and Job Applications

  • Write your first resume and cover letter based on a position description to which you could see yourself applying in the future.
  • Participate in Career Services events, like workshops and career fairs (even if you're not ready to apply quite yet!)

Third Year: Experience

Start Building Your Reference List

  • Keep in touch with former employers, teachers and supervisors from past jobs and volunteer experiences.
  • Begin networking with professionals in your career field via conferences, presentations and LinkedIn.

Get Serious About Work Experience

  • Explore internships, jobs and volunteer opportunities that demonstrate your commitment to your field.
  • Talk to faculty about opportunities to assist with research.

Develop Your Employment Portfolio

  • Ask your advisor, supervisor, parents and Career Services to provide feedback on your resume and cover letter.
  • Give your social media profiles a tune up. Employers will search for you online via platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and others!

Fourth Year: Implementation

Put It All Together

  • Using your resume, cover letter, and social media presence, package your education, experience, community engagement and skills in a way that accelerates your personal brand.
  • Participate in Career Services events to polish your materials and get interviewing experience.

Initiate Your Career Search

  • Plan your search strategy, including networking, leveraging of online resources and databases, graduate school planning and personal preferences (e.g., location, desired salary, non-career considerations).
  • Develop a personal branding strategy: How will you market yourself? What do you want potential employers to know about you?
  • Apply!