As you begin your college education, it's perfectly okay not to know what you want to do later in life. Take time now to learn as much as you can about your skills, personality, lifestyle preferences, interests and values. This information will help you choose a major and begin to explore the exciting world of career possibilities awaiting you!
- Use the career planning program located in Career Services to explore majors and career options.
- Develop your interests and skills through student organizations, sports, general education classes and extracurricular activities.
- Get to know faculty, staff and advisors.
- Explore courses and talk to advisors about options you are considering.
- Establish good time management and study skills.
- Talk about your career interests with parents, friends, professors and other individuals already employed. Also, talk with the Cooperative Education staff in Career Services.
- Acquire computer skills by familiarizing yourself with word processing and various types of software.
- Participate in the Future Interns Program which equips participants with skills in networking, resume development, and interviewing.
- Network at career fairs.
- Select a major.
Continue to explore and gather information about career fields. The best resources are people who work in the career fields that interest you. Cooperative education, internships, summer jobs, and volunteer activities can also provide first-hand insights.
- Expand your knowledge of career options. Make a list of the ones which sound interesting.
- Attend career fairs and other career-related programs to increase your knowledge of the full range of jobs that people perform. This is the final year that you can choose to participate in the Future Interns Program.
- Conduct informational interviews with people who work in career fields of interest to you. Spend a day on the job with a professional (job shadowing).
- Get to know the Cooperative Education staff in Career Services and pursue internships, part-time and summer jobs and volunteer activities to gain work experience and to learn more about your work preferences.
- Assume a responsible role in activities on campus.
- Register with the Career Services online recruitment system (MyInterfase).
- Attend the Annual Internship Banquet to network with company representatives offering summer internship opportunities.
Cooperative education, internships, and summer employment will help you acquire new skills, learn more about careers and develop a network of contacts. Aim for outstanding academic performance, especially in your major. Now's the time to go back and once again ask and answer the questions "Who am I?" and "What do I want?"
- Seek leadership responsibilities in extracurricular activities.
- Update your resume after each work experience or on-campus leadership activity.
- Make an appointment to have your resume critiqued by one of the Cooperative Education professionals and adapt it for the positions for which you are applying.
- Continue to build practical experience through internships, co-ops, and student activities.
- Establish relationships with professors and supervisors as their recommendations are invaluable.
- Register with the Career Services online recruitment system (MyInterfase), arkansasjobs.net, directemployers.com, and start visiting NaceWeb.org.
- Identify career options that match your major and interests:
- Take Interest Inventories.
- Research careers.
- Discuss career opportunities in your major with faculty, professionals, advisors, and Career Services staff.
- Begin networking with professionals already in the field.
- Network at the career fairs.
- Attend the Annual Internship Banquet to network with company representatives offering internship opportunities.
- Do an internship. If your fall and spring semesters are too full, plan to intern during the summer.
Plan ahead and set reasonable career goals for yourself. By now you are facing a transition from college to graduate school or a career position. Graduate school applications, letters of reference and test scores must be submitted early. MyInterfase job listings and on-campus interviews, arkansasjobs.net job listings, directemployers.com, and career fairs will help you identify prospective employers and career positions. International students can get information about companies that offer sponsorships at MyVisaJobs.
- Participate in Career Services on campus interviews via MyInterfase.
- Look for additional jobs via MyInterfase, Arkansasjobs.net and NaceWeb.
- Use your contacts to identify job opportunities and get referrals.
- Attend Career Fairs.
- Confirm your remaining degree requirements at the beginning of the year so there are no "surprises" when it comes time to graduate.
- Participate in another internship to make your resume incredibly impressive to employers.
- Prepare for your first job. Talk with UCA alumni about their first year on the job and some of the challenges you can expect.
- Continue to update your resume and have it reviewed by Career Services. Adapt your resume to the positions for which you are applying.
- Sign up for Senior Mock Interviews and get some practice to improve your interviewing skills.
- Write to and join professional associations.
- Network, network, network.
- Organize your job search and send out resumes.