Career Success Plan

Summer Before Starting College – Research Majors

Choosing a college major is an important decision, but your choice does not dictate what careers or jobs you will have the rest of your life. Selecting a major does not mean that you are stuck in only one career path. So, just relax and get started on exploring a variety of majors.

  • Focus on things that you enjoy doing (writing, painting, solving problems, working in a lab, doing research, helping people)
  • Assess and discover your strengths, skills, personality style, values and interests (contact Career Services for more information)
  • Find out how majors relate to potential career options (resources are available through Career Services)
  • Talk to your parents, family friends, mentors and current students about their college majors
  • Discuss a variety of majors with the faculty at the university you’ll be attending in the fall
  • Review the courses and programs offered at the university
  • Don’t let anyone pressure you to settle too quickly
  • Remember, you can always change your major if needed

Freshman, Sophomore Year – Discover and Explore

  • Attend the Campus Activities Fair in September
  • Join a club or become involved in campus activities
  • Take career assessments to explore your personality, interests, values and skills (available in Career Services)
  • Research a variety of careers
  • Visit Career Services to learn about resources
  • Participate in community engagement and volunteer activities
  • Attend Job and Internship Fairs
  • Explore careers by meeting with a career counselor and faculty advisors
  • Choose a major
  • Start building your career portfolio
  • Take CAR2000 Career Planning and Job Search
  • Get a summer job

Junior Year – Experience and Decide

  • Review academic program with your advisor
  • Discuss career direction with a career counselor
  • Develop leadership skills through campus clubs and activities
  • Do an internship and take CAR1990 for credit
  • Identify at least three career options
  • Prepare a resume
  • Develop a mentor relationship
  • Attend Job and Internship Fairs
  • Participate in community engagement activities
  • Do informational interviews to research jobs and careers
  • Continue building your career portfolio and track accomplishments
  • Get a summer job or summer internship

Senior Year – Take Action

  • Take CAR2016 – Etiquette for the College Graduate
  • Attend the annual Etiquette Lunch
  • Conduct mock interviews
  • Attend regular meetings of an appropriate professional association
  • Design a detailed job search plan
  • Complete the senior audit
  • Prepare a resume
  • Do informational interviews to research jobs and careers
  • Research and visit potential employers
  • Take relevant graduate school entrance exams
  • Do at least one internship
  • Attend Job and Career Fairs
  • Apply for a minimum of 10 positions for which a college degree is a qualification

Alumni – Career Management

  • Share your career successes and progress with Career Services staff
  • Register to become an advisor to students and fellow alumni on the NDNU Alumni – Student Network
  • Start a financial management plan, including saving regularly in your employer’s retirement plan or an IRA
  • Maintain your career portfolio and an updated resume
  • Keep active in at least one professional association
  • Track your career accomplishments
  • Build and maintain your network of contacts