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Four-Year Plan

First Year Goals / Freshman Year

  • Who Are We?
    Visit the Career Center and get to know the staff.
  • Who Are You? 
    Take the Focus 2 Career Assessment to evaluate your personality, skills, interests and values and how that affects your major and career path.
  • Let’s Talk About It.
    Meet with the Career Counselor to discuss your career assessment results, solidify your major, and develop career goals.
  • Get Involved.
    Attend Career Center workshops and information sessions to explore your interests and values as they relate to possible career paths.
  • Explore Interests.
    Explore your interests, abilities, and skills through academics and activities, including volunteer opportunities, part-time work, or organizations on campus.
  • Write It Down.
    Attend a Resume Writing Workshop to begin working on your resume.
  • Get It Together.
    Begin developing marketable skills, such as time management, customer service, communication, and computer skills.
  • School’s Out for Summer.
    Plan a productive summer with a job or volunteer position that will help develop further professional skills to help solidify your career interests.

Second Year Goals / Sophomore Year

  • Stay on Track.
    Meet with your academic adviser to create an academic plan that helps you reach your career goals while staying on track with your degree completion. If you are undecided, think about courses that will complement your general career goals.
  • Take Charge.
    Pursue leadership positions in clubs, organizations, and hall leadership to develop your management and leadership skills.
  • Got Info?
    Begin researching companies and job choices and identify skills and qualifications required for positions that interest you. Identify organizations that most align with your values and goals.
  • Get Connected.
    Start building a network of colleagues, faculty, and prospective employers.
  • Ask Around.
    Conduct Informational Interviews – asking companies and employers about their positions, qualifications and skills, and what it took to get to where they are now.
  • Back To The Drawing Board.
    Have the Career Center review your resume and cover letter as you begin researching internship and job shadowing opportunities.
  • Are You Online?
    Sign up for LUNETWORK, our job-search database, and research internship and job opportunities. Attend Career Fairs to start making connections and gathering resources on potential jobs.
  • What Interests You?
    Pursue Christian service, volunteer, organization and club opportunities to help explore your interests and skills to determine what areas apply most to your career.

Third Year Goals / Junior Year

  • Fine Tuning.
    Update and refine your resume and cover letter and sign up for a mock interview to help develop your interview skills.
  • RSVP.
    Attend Career Fairs, employer information sessions, workshops and other events to continue building your network and make connections for future employment opportunities.
  • Get Experience.
    Participate in an Internship to gain valuable hands-on experience toward your career goals. Choose Christian Community service and volunteer opportunities that align with your career goals.
  • Show And Tell.
    Establish a portfolio with writing samples, projects, and examples of your work to show in a job interview. Ask former employers for references or letters of recommendation. Format a Reference page to be included with your Cover Letter and Resume.
  • Following The Footsteps.
    Continue to research employers and companies and develop and maintain mentor relationships with faculty and business leaders. Job shadow people with positions you aspire to.
  • Rise Above.
    Seek positions of leadership and management, whether in volunteer situations or work opportunities, where you can develop skills of training, leading, and communicating with others.
  • A Class Act.
    Select electives to round out your academic training. Consider a minor or other courses that will help you develop additional skills.
  • Are You Certified?
    Research your field and whether or not any special certifications, qualifications or graduate degrees are required. Consider graduate school and research programs, as well as entrance requirements.

Fourth Year Goals / Senior Year

  • Be Recognized.
    Update your cover letter and resume and post it on LUNETWORK. Begin sending out resumes as early as a year before graduation and continue to follow up with employers to secure interviews.
  • Dress For Success.
    It’s time to shop! Obtain at least one professional interview outfit. Look your best as you attend Career Fairs and employer events and don’t miss an opportunity to network!
  • Why Should I Hire YOU?
    Are you ready for the interview? Do your homework – research the companies you’re applying to and be ready for the interview. Schedule a mock interview in the Career Center and let us help prepare you for the tough questions.
  • Can I Quote You?
    Maintain quality relationships with advisors, faculty and mentors to establish good references. Ask previous employers and professional contacts for letters of recommendation.
  • Life After College.
    Begin submitting graduate school applications and take any entrance exams required. Most application deadlines are nine months to more than a year prior to when you plan to begin.
  • Are You A Member?
    Research professional organizations, city chamber clubs, and business networking groups that are related to your field and become a member.
  • Follow Through.
    Make follow up calls and appointments for every resume and application you submit. Don’t wait for them to call you. Be persistent, but not annoying.
  • Who’s Hiring?
    Consistently search job postings, classifieds, and networking contacts for possible openings. Develop a prospect list of employers with names and addresses so you can keep track of contacts who may help you find opportunities