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The Four-Year Plan:

Explore, Experience, Engage, Emerge


Freshman Year: EXPLORE

  • Make an appointment with Career Development to get acquainted with our services and resources.
  • Create your profile on the Benedictine Virtual Career Center where you'll be able to upload a resume and connect with employers for future internships and jobs.
  • Clarify your interests, values, skills and personality as they relate to potential occupations and professional activities (take a career assessment, such as the Focus II 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 on campus with student groups and organizations, sports or community involvement.
  • Ask your career adviser for connections to professionals to conduct informational interviews and job shadows.
  • Make the grades and maintain a 3.0 GPA or above; seek the help of peer tutors if needed from the Student Success Center.

Sophomore Year: EXPERIENCE

  • Check in with your Career Development adviser - 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 and job shadowing experiences to learn more your projected career path and feel confident in your decisions.
  • Talk to us about finding a mentor through the Benedictine University Mentorship Program (B.U.M.P.). 
  • 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 two virtual career centers.
  • Declare your major. If you aren't certain about selecting a major, make an appointment to complete a career assessment through our office, as well as your academic adviser.
  • Research and start to apply for externships and internships.
  • Look into additional experiential learning opportunities such as study abroad.

Junior Year: ENGAGE

  • Make an appointment with you career adviser. Update your job search documents and LinkedIn page.
  • Participate in internships and externships in your field.
  • Research the job market in your areas of interest as well as graduate school. Utilize resources in the Career Resource Library to help in your research. Take practice entrance exams.
  • Attend workshops on preparing for graduate school, career and internship fairs.
  • 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 Career Development and Alumni Development. 
  • Schedule a practice interview with your career adviser.
  • Attend a study abroad program, building your intercultural appreciation, language and communication skills, flexibility and adaptability.

Senior Year: EMERGE

  • Check in with your career development adviser and review your campus-to-career plan. 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 virtual career centers.
  • Determine the parameters of your job search: geographic location, size and type of company you wish to work for, field, etc.
  • Identify target companies and organizations. Talk to your career adviser 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 Alumni Development office to get connected with fellow Benedictine alumni.
  • Actively seek, apply and interview for entry-level jobs. Participate in on-campus interviews when available; attend CareerFest through ISCPA; 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 adviser. 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.

 

Student Life
BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY

Julie Cosimo, Ed. D. Director
Career Development
Phone: (630) 829-6040
Fax: (630) 829-6043
E-mail: career@ben.edu

Krasa C enter, Lower Level Room 010
5700 College Road Lisle IL, 60532
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m