4-Year Career Plan 

It can be frustrating for many students to figure out what career path to pursue but if you plan early and follow through, it can make a huge difference in defining and building your successful career. 

1st Year - Freshman [+]

Reflection

  • Take the Focus2 self-assessment. 

Exploration

  • Review the What Can I Do With This Major page to explore majors and careers paths.
  • Talk to faculty, advisers and mentors about potential majors and career pathways.
  • For freshmen in the School of Engineering, participate in the Mentor Program
  • Explore internship, research or volunteer opportunities on JasperLink.
  • Join a student organization based on your interests.

Skills

  • Take courses you enjoy that will help you decide if your major is a good fit.
  • Build a résumé 
  • Attend Office of Career Pathways events and workshops.
  • Create an account on JasperLink (the Manhattan College job/internship database).
  • Gain familiarity of campus resources to help support your academics and your adjustment to college life.

Personal Branding

  • Build online presence on LinkedIn. 
  • Start connecting with peers, faculty members and professionals and join affiliation groups on LinkedIn.

 

2nd Year - Sophomore [+]

Reflection

  • Meet with a career counselor to discuss interests, values, skills and personality to help you reflect on potential career paths

Exploration

  • Students in the School of Arts, School of Business, School of Education & Health and School of Science can participate in the Mentor Program
  • Attend career fairs and events to learn about internships and experiential learning opportunities.
  • Speak with an academic adviser and with career counselor to explore different major and career options.
  • Connect with faculty to pursue academic and research opportunities.
  • Attend employer information sessions and networking events.

Skills

  • Update your résumé and cover letter on JasperLink.
  • Choose courses that help you progress toward your major and degree.
  • Gain career-related experience through an internship, co-op, research or volunteer opportunity.
  • Practice your interview skills through the mock interview program.
  • Join a student organization that is related to your major or professional interests and get involved in leadership opportunities.

Personal Branding

  • Build connections with peers, faculty members and professionals on LinkedIn.
  • Explore professional associations, student memberships.
  • Explore networking opportunities by attending events on and off campus.

 

3rd Year - Junior [+]

Reflection

  • Review and discuss with a career counselor individual careers, graduate school and fellowship pathways.
  • Speak with faculty and academic advisers about career interests, graduate school and future plans.

Exploration

  • Attend employer information sessions posted on JasperLink to learn about opportunities.
  • Engage in research and take advanced courses in your academic interest areas.

Skills

  • Continue attending career fairs, workshops and events.
  • Continue participation in student organizations to develop leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Gain career-related experience through an internship, research or volunteer opportunity.
  • Practice and hone your interview skills with a peer adviser, career counselor or through Mock Interview program.
  • Update your JasperLink account and upload refined resume and cover letter.
  • Participate in on-campus recruitment to secure a summer internship.
  • If interested in professional school, graduate school or fellowships, develop a timeline for applications to be competitive and begin preparation for admissions exams.
  • If interested in pre-health professions, begin the internal application process.

Personal Branding

  • Join professional associations and special interest groups on LinkedIn.
  • Get endorsements and request recommendations for your LinkedIn profile.

 

4th Year - Senior [+]

Reflection

  • Develop job search strategies with your career counselor based on your self-assessments, including a prioritized list of values and industries.

Exploration

  • If you are interested in graduate school and fellowships, develop a list of opportunities that are aligned with your background and goals.
  • Begin your active job search at least one semester prior to graduation.

Skills

  • Apply to jobs, fellowships and graduate school with your updated and tailored documents.
  • Update your JasperLink account to maximize your use of the system.
  • Practice your interview skills with a friend, employer or career counselor.

Personal Branding

  • Participate in career fairs and expos, employer information sessions, and on-campus recruitment to connect with employers and potential opportunities.
  • Conduct informational interviews with industry professionals to learn about specific careers.
  • Take advantage of student rates to join local, national and international professional associations.
  • Keep your voice mail and social networking profiles professional and updated.
  • Secure your list of references and/or recommendation letters.
  • Complete the Graduating Student Survey.