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The Bastian Family Career Center 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 Family Career Center to learn about potential ways to jump start your career.

Sophomore: Exploration

  • 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 Family Career Center 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.

Senior: Implementation

  • 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.

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Printed on Tuesday, July 17, 2018