My Career Path

4 Year Plan

Career planning is a lifelong process. It requires thinking carefully about your interests, abilities, and values, and choosing a profession that would be satisfying to you. With so much depending on your career decisions, it is important that you make them wisely. The SMCM Career Center, offers a wide range of traditional and internet-based services, tools, and resources to support your career development.

First Year

  • Visit the Career Center to learn about tools and resources available.
  • Review the college catalog for course descriptions.
  • Talk with professors, students, and professionals.
  • Meet with your academic adviser to learn about courses that might help determine areas of interest.
  • Go to class and participate, develop good study skills, and take advantage of campus resources.
  • Begin developing a resume to update each year.
  • Sign up on Op-Net the Seahawk Opportunity Network to search for potential opportunities and update your profile every year.
  • Become mindful of your online presence taking into consideration what future employers or graduate schools might be able to access/view down the road.
  • Get involved in campus organizations to develop interests and skills.
  • Try to obtain a professional summer job or volunteer position that will allow you to learn about fields of interest.
Sophomore Year
  • Continue exploration of self, majors, and careers or schedule an appointment.
  • Expand your knowledge of specific occupations through online and print resources, volunteering or part-time work, job shadowing, informational interviews, and preliminary discussions with on-campus recruiters.
  • Talk with your academic advisor and a career advisor about the career goals you are considering, and work to develop a specific academic/career plan that includes time for study abroad and/or internship opportunities.
  • Build your professional network (professors, advisers, supervisors, alumni).
  • Take on leadership roles in on/off campus activities.

Junior Year

  • Continue in-depth exploration of occupations and career paths. Narrow career choices and make tentative career decisions.
  • Research potential employers and positions for learning about job openings.
  • Become familiar with job descriptions in your intended field. O-NET is a great website to research occupation and industry information. Identify desired qualifications and assess your ability to meet them.
  • Attend relevant employer recruiting events on campus.
  • Keep polishing and updating your resume.
  • Utilize social media outlets to establish an online presence, but make sure you keep it professional.
  • Apply for internships or other professional opportunities for credit or pay during the academic year and/or summer.
  • Attend programs, talk with your academic advisor, and review resources to learn about graduate/professional school and the application process.
  • Research graduate programs using various online resources and develop a preliminary list by the end of spring semester. Note deadlines for applications.

Senior Year

  • Network! Seek out SMCM alumni in your field of interest via social media.
  • Attend programming related to your graduate/professional school or professional employment goals.
  • Develop multiple avenues for job searching and make a plan. Also consider a post-graduation paid internship.
  • Finalize your resume and work on cover letters or personal statements.
  • Google yourself to see what information potential employers or graduate schools might access about you.
  • Update all electronic portfolios, profiles (e.g. LinkedIn) or websites you will be providing to potential employers.
  • Speak with potential academic and professional references and compile a reference page that matches the format of your resume.
  • Schedule a mock interview and hone your interviewing skills.
  • Attend employer info sessions and interviews
  • Complete graduate school application materials.