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Career Preparation Timeline

Finding the perfect job after graduation is a process that takes years of preparation.  Listed below are some recommendations to maximize your potential to land your dream job.

Freshman Year

  • Identify interests, work values, skills and abilities through self-assessments by utilizing Discover Online, Career Connections, and by visiting the following on-campus offices:
  • Visit the Wilson Advising Center
  • Make an appointment at the ASU Counseling Center
  • Identify majors what relate to your abilities and interests, and meet with faculty in that department or an advisor in the Wilson Advising Center.
  • Find relevant work/volunteer experiences in the areas that interest you.
  • Research student organizations available on campus and within the community and consider joining one.
  • Start and maintain a personal academic file with current grades, reports, projects, honors, and activities.
  • Create a resume and schedule an appointment at Career Services with a career consultant for a resume critique or an advising session, followed by completing a student profile and uploading your resume to Career Connect.
  • Search for a summer job, internship, or study abroad related to your career interest. Review academic department bulletin boards; talk to faculty, family and friends; and check your Career Connect account daily.
  • Attend Career Services events, such as: Resume Workshops, Career Week, Career Fairs, and Professional Dining Etiquette.
  • Maintain a good GPA

Sophomore Year

  • Target course electives that will enhance your marketability to employers.
  • Consider a semester to study abroad; visit the Study Abroad Program in 323 International Student Center.
  • Visit Career Services, and your major department to gather information on internships, co-ops, volunteer experiences, independent research or work study posting related to your area of interest or chosen career field and begin applying for opportunities.
  • Arrange job shadowing and informational interviews in your field of interest through Career Services or academic department.
  • Participate in Community Connect Program.
  • Contact professional associations that provide current information about your career field or area of interest.
  • Update career portfolio each semester.
  • Begin networking for your references.
  • Attend Career Fairs and Employer Information Sessions. Check "Events" tab in your Career Connect account.
  • Attend the mealtime Professional Dining Etiquette event .
  • Update your profile information and resume in Career Connect. Complete your cover letter.
  • Join professional student organizations to develop leadership skills.

Junior Year

  • Continue to add new skills and experiences to your resume and career portfolio.
  • Pursue leadership positions in student organizations and community/volunteer activities.
  • Purchase interview attire and begin to build a professional wardrobe.
  • Attend annual Career Fairs and Employer Information Sessions.
  • Identify at least five position titles in career fields that interest you, and research seven to ten employers that offer those positions.
  • Practice interview sessions in Optimal Resume.
  • Participate in a mock interview at Career Services.
  • Secure an internship, co-op, independent study, or community/volunteer work experience. Understand and learn about the job search process by utilizing the CS Resource Center.
  • If contemplating graduate school, request application materials and information from several potential graduate schools.
  • Inquire about tests required to enter graduate school.
  • Select three to five work or academic references that can highlight your accomplishments.
  • Build networking, interviewing and job search skills. Continue to job shadow and conduct informational interviews.
  • Actively develop career goals and plan "next step" towards achieving your goals.
  • Read professional publications, attend a professional conference, study abroad, and/or conduct faculty student research.

Senior Year

  • Participate in mealtime Professional Dining Etiquette event.
  • Participate in Career Fairs offered by Career Services and/or academic areas.
  • Finalize your resume and have it critiqued by a career consultant in Career Services.
  • Confirm and obtain three to five letters of recommendation (education majors).or individuals who can serve as references.
  • Complete your career portfolio and/or credential file (education majors).
  • Refine your interviewing skills by utilizing mock interviews at Career Services and Optimal Resume practice interview sessions.
  • Use your Career Connect account to post your resume, conduct your job search, and sign up for on-campus interviews.
  • Conduct an on-campus job search, simultaneous to your off-campus search.
  • Continue to prepare for graduate school. Complete applications, resumes, letters of application, and personal statements.
  • Review job offers: Create letter(s) to employers declining or accepting employment .Report employment information to Career Services. 
  • Familiarize yourself with the Arkansas State Alumni Association and learn how you can become an alumni.