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Four-year Career Plan

FRESHMAN YEAR

  • Enroll in Freshman Studies.
  • Study the Nicholls State University Catalog and Schedule; learn the academic system.
  • Choose courses with the help of an adviser; use elective courses to help explore your career interests. You may discover a new path.
  • Meet and develop relationships with campus faculty, advisers and administrators. These are the people who can mentor you with career information, and they can also be used as references in your future job searches.
  • Visit the Office of Career Services and learn as much as possible about your career choice. Use our computerized career guidance systems (SIGI Plus and Please Understand Me) to assess your skills, values and interests.
  • Develop and enhance your computer skills.
  • Work on your study skills.
  • Join student organizations and clubs that are of interest to you.
  • Volunteer for community service.
  • Attend Career Day and other career seminars. It is never too early to start thinking about your future and where you would like to work. Remember that you are meeting potential future employers. Dress appropriately – first impressions count.
  • Develop a resume.
  • Investigate part-time and summer jobs related to your field of study.
  • Meet with your adviser to discuss and plan your schedule for next semester.

SOPHOMORE YEAR

  • Meet with your adviser and make a tentative selection of a major. Lay out your long-range plans and develop a semester-by-semester schedule of courses.
  • Declare a major; begin core course work in your major.
  • Consider becoming a tutor.
  • Begin developing leadership skills.
  • Update your resume. Add new organizations and clubs that you have joined and honors that you have received. Emphasize your summer job.
  • Attend Career Day.
  • Check into unpaid internships or volunteer positions in your career field that will help to build your work experience and contacts.
  • Continue developing relationships with faculty and other mentors.
  • Pursue another summer job in your field of interest.

JUNIOR YEAR

  • Investigate several job options and /or graduate schools that are in your career field. Meet with your academic adviser to map out your strategies.
  • Declare a minor, or take electives to support your major.
  • Continue to update your resume with additional honors and achievements. Add any new jobs or internships that you have held.
  • Attend Career Day.
  • Assess the skills that you will need to be successful in your chosen career field. Work to develop your writing, public speaking, teamwork, critical thinking and specific technological skills.
  • Begin informational interviewing with companies that may be of interest to you. Use these opportunities to improve your interviewing skills.
  • Investigate internships in your field of study.
  • Continue to increase your network of contacts.

SENIOR YEAR

  • Attend Graduating Seniors Day.
  • Register with the Office of Career Services to be included in our computerized database.
  • Visit the Office of Career Services on a regular basis to explore the following services:
    • Calendar of job interviews on campus
    • Job Postings Board for the latest job opportunities
    • Resume review
    • Mock interview practice
    • Computer lab – use the Internet to post your resume, conduct job searches and apply for jobs online
  • Establish a job search plan. Or, develop a plan to attend graduate or professional schools.
  • Identify job search values  – location, benefits, salary, opportunity, etc.
  • Identify and research potential employers.
  • Refine your resume and prepare sample cover letters. Meet with Career Services staff for guidance.
  • Continue to build your list of contacts. Prepare a list of references. Make sure that you ask for permission from those on your list that you have included.
  • Visit with your academic adviser.
  • Look for leadership opportunities in organizations and activities of which you are a part.
  • If you have not completed at least one internship (paid or unpaid) in your field of interest, investigate the possibilities of one before you graduate. Remember that in today’s job market, employers are looking for practical experience as well as degrees earned.
  • Attend Career Day and other job recruitment opportunities.
  • Apply for positions and interview with potential employers.
  • Graduate! And join your Nicholls Alumni Association.
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