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The Four-Year Plan: Explore, Experience, Engage, Emerge

Freshman Year: EXPLORE

  • Make an appointment with a representative from the John O. Whiteman Student Success Center to get acquainted with our services and resources.
  • Learn about the Benedictine Virtual Career Center and Career Assessment opportunities available to you.
  • Examine your interests, values, skills and personality in relation to potential occupations and professional activities by completing a career assessment, such as the FOCUS 2 online assessment.
  • Research career fields and occupations to determine what might be the best fit for you.
  • Start a resume and cover letter to apply for on-campus student employment or a part-time job elsewhere in the community.
  • Experience a variety of academic courses to help determine your areas of interest.
  • Get involved with student groups and organizations, sports or in the community.
  • Participate in job shadowing opportunities to gain exposure to your career field of interest. This will help you learn more about your projected career path and feel confident about your decisions. 

Sophmore Year: EXPERIENCE

  • Check in with your John O. Whiteman Student Success Center advisor. Revise and update your resume if needed. Continue your career exploration and research. Add to your professional online presence by creating a LinkedIn profile.
  • Connect with alumni and other community members to complete informational interviews.
  • Pursue leadership roles in co-curricular activities, such as student organizations and volunteer efforts.
  • Seek part-time employment in a professional environment. Look at student employment opportunities on campus or other opportunities off campus through the Benedictine Virtual Career Center.
  • Declare your major. If you aren't certain about selecting a major, make an appointment to complete a career assessment through our office and meet with your academic advisor.
  • Research and apply for externships and internships.
  • Look into additional experiential learning opportunities, such as studying abroad.
  • Participate in an ethics seminar to enhance your values-based foundation.

Junior Year: ENGAGE

  • Make an appointment with your John O. Whiteman Student Success Center advisor. Update your job search documents and LinkedIn page.
  • Participate in internships and externships in your field.
  • Research graduate school and the job market in your areas of interest. 
  • Do your best to continue earning good grades. Remember that employers and graduate schools often look for a 3.0 GPA and above.
  • Build your networking and interviewing skills. Attend networking events produced by the Student Success Center.
  • Schedule a practice interview in the Student Success Center.
  • Study abroad to build your intercultural appreciation, language and communication skills, flexibility and adaptability.
  • Participate in workshops on preparing for graduate school.

Senior Year: EMERGE

  • Prepare to earn an advanced degree. Take practice entrance exams. Apply to graduate schools.
  • Check in with your John O. Whiteman Student Success Center advisor and review your campus-to-career plan to ensure you are practice ready. Update your job search documents and LinkedIn profile. Set your job search objectives and create a timeline.
  • Submit your updated job search documents to the Benedictine Virtual Career Center.
  • Determine the parameters of your job search: geographic location; size and type of company for which you wish to work; field; etc.
  • Identify target companies and organizations. Talk to your career advisor about how to tailor your cover letters and other documents to your targeted companies.
  • Continue networking. Attend events on campus and through professional associations of particular interest to you. Connect with the Office of Alumni Development to get connected with fellow Benedictine alumni.
  • Actively seek, apply and interview for entry-level jobs. Participate in on-campus interviews when available; apply to jobs posted online; rely on your developing network for news about potential jobs that would be a good match for you.
  • Make an appointment to do a practice interview with your career advisor. Research starting salaries in your industry and talk about when and how to negotiate.
  • Begin building your professional wardrobe. Continue to attend networking events and practice professional communication and etiquette.

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