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Career planning tips for university students (Released: 8/16/96)

by Ken Ross, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Here are career planning tips for university students. They are taken from the University of Connecticut Career Planning and Job Hunting Guide.

Freshman year:

  1. Think about a major that's compatible with your interests, values and abilities. Speak with faculty advisers, academic or career consultants, and friends
  2. Experiment with different classes to get a flavor of academic fields.
  3. Visit the college's career services department to become familiar with resources such as videotapes featuring different majors or workshops to help choose a major.

Sophomore year:

  1. Explore career possibilities in career services library.
  2. Seek help from the alumni association to contact alumni about careers or to spend time on the job with alumni. This is a good way to start building a network.
  3. Explore programs that provide on-the-job experience such as an internship or a cooperative education program.

Junior year:

  1. Obtain a cooperative education assignment or an internship that will help towards your degree.
  2. Take a course to expand your skills, for example, a computer course to round out liberal arts courses.
  3. Improve leadership skills by becoming involved with clubs, organizations or student government. Being a residence hall representative or heading an intramural team will look good on your resume.
  4. Take the Graduate Record Exam if you're planning to go straight into graduate school.
  5. Seek help from your career services department to create a good-looking resume.

Senior year:

  1. Participate in on-campus interviews with corporate recruiters who come to the university to find candidates for jobs in their companies.
  2. Complete a resume to use for interviews and to be sent to employers who don't come to the campus for interviews.
  3. Attend workshops to help with resume writing, interviewing techniques, job-search strategies or applying to graduate school.
  4. Start networking through the alumni association.
  5. Start a reference file.
  6. Consult lists of available jobs and attend your school's annual career fair.

Cynthia Sedgwick, director of career services at UConn, says these are highlights of the general activities students should do during their college years.

"Career development is much more than just obtaining a job," she says. "It is a lifelong process of constantly evaluating who you are and taking steps to find the most fulfilling career possible."

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