The Bastian Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development Is Not Just for Seniors !
By exploring your interests, skills, and values early in your college career, you will be more prepared to choose a career field that fits best with your criteria, making the transition from college to "Life After Knox" easier.
First Year: Self-Assessment
- Begin career exploration to find out more about your aptitudes, interests, personality, and values that match the different kinds of work and graduate school programs.
- Begin to build skills and leadership through co-curricular and volunteer activities.
- Attend information sessions, career planning workshops, career fairs, and/or graduate school fairs hosted by the Bastian Center for Career & Pre-Professional Development to learn about potential ways to jump start your career.
- Continue career planning with a greater emphasis toward understanding the profession and the needs of potential employers.
- Plan and develop your classes and your leadership/volunteer/internship experiences to this profile.
- Begin to talk with professors about their career ideas and set some short-term goals.
- Consider a term abroad or think about offering your services as a volunteer or an intern in a career field of your interest.
- Develop a relationship with the Bastian Center for Career & Pre-Professional Development by scheduling appointments to discuss preparation for your career interests.
Junior: Evaluation and Decision Making
- Gather information from internship, career, and graduate/professional school fairs.
- Develop relationships with professors in your major.
- Seek leadership roles with extracurricular activities.
- Target internship/volunteer opportunities and ensure application materials (resume/cover letter/references) are in order.
- Complete your Experiential Learning requirement, if you have not yet done so.
- Attend career planning workshops and information sessions to enhance job and graduate school search skills.
- Meet with the Career Center staff to refine your career development plans, if you have not yet done so.
- Prepare to take any graduate/professional school entrance exams (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, etc.).
- Start your job search process early by developing final drafts of your resume/cover letter.
- Develop and activate your personal network, to further broaden your opportunities.
- Attend information sessions, workshops, and career development forums to expand your options.
- Think about letters of recommendation needed for graduate school or the workplace.