Career Planning Time Line: Junior Year

Academic:


  • Study, learn, and focus on your GPA. You have two more years to build up your GPA to attract employers. We cannot over emphasize the importanceof your GPA to employers. Ensure that the GPA you graduate with in two years will support you in getting the job of your dreams. Develop strong study and time management skills.
  • If having any difficulty finding research for your papers or classes, contact the library or email the library. It is open and receives/sends email seven days a week.
  • Main Campus students:
    • Take Career Self Awareness required course CSA400
    • See the Learning Center or the Writing Center at North 116 for course work assistance and tutoring or email the University Learning/Writing Center at ULC@post.edu.
  • Online students:
    • Take Professional Success Seminar required course PSS301.
    • Visit 7 x 24 "tutor.com" for course work assistance and tutoring. To login to Post's tutor.com account go to the Blackboard home page, select the tab at the top "Academic Support & Policies" and then www.tutor.com.

    Career Planning


    • Use your Post email @students.post.edu DAILY. Career Services sends emails to your Post email address announcing: internships, part time jobs, summer jobs, full time jobs, on- and off-campus events, workshops, and career fairs.
    • Read at least one book on career planning for college students. See Post University Traurig Library for resources.
    • Visit the Career Services website Careers By Major tab and explore the careers in the major you have chosen including salary information.
    • Research companies you are interested in at www.glassdoor.com for their jobs, salaries, interview process, and hiring cycle.
    • At GradSense, you can plan ahead and explore salaries by occupation, evaluate job offers, and calculate your chosen degree to see what it would be worth once you transition into a career.
    • Reality CheckGo to Reality Check and estimate what kind of salary you will need to support the lifestyle you want. While this is a California site, choose either Stockton or San Bernardino towns as they have the same cost of living as Hartford, CT
    • Assess your skills by creating a skills inventory, accomplishments sheet, and proficiency list. This information can be used in your résumé as well as in creating your professional website.
    • Update your résumé using the online résumé builder, and add to this during the next two years as you gain new experiences and skills.
    • Create cover letters using the online letter builder. Review the other letters this online career tool can help you build such as inquiry letter and thank you notes.
    • Practice your interview skills. Select from nine different interview types with question sets you can choose and write, speak, or video record the interview using your computer webcam.
    • Create a professional career website with your résumé, a letter you wrote, and your skills.
    • NETWORKING:
      • Join the online professional networking community by creating a LinkedIn Profile and join a LinkedIn group in your career field. Start networking!
      • Build your professional network! Talk with professors, instructors, family and friends about contacts and job opportunities.
      • Attend on-campus and off-campus job fairs to start networking and understand the process.
    • INTERNET/PUBLIC PRESENCE:
      • Become aware of your internet presence, Google your name. Ensure your image as seen by prospective employers reflects the image you need and want.
      • Clean up your social networking accounts - 68% of employers have hired or rejected job candidates based on information from their social media sites.
      • Ensure your voice mail message sounds professional when you start applying for internships and jobs.
    • Get a summer job or internship related to your major or career interests. Start a semester before you want to take a for credit internship course.
    • Become familiar with the Career Services website and all the resources available to you.
    • Attend Career Services workshops or online webinars

Extra-curricular Activities


  • Join a formal association in your major and start learning about your career and networking with other professionals. Look at the Career Services website Careers By Major tab for a list of associations in your major.
  • Find a part time job to build your résumé work experience.
  • Build your professional wardrobe - one professional suit and one business casual outfit.
  • Take a leadership role in in on campus student clubs and get involved in their projects to learn new skills and gain valuable experience to build your résumé. Expand your interpersonal skills.
  • Take a leadership role in academic clubs related to your major and/or career interests to begin developing your future career network and build your résumé.
  • Volunteer for community services for personal development and to demonstrate your character and involvement in the community at large.
  • Participating in sports is also a great learning experience and contributes to your résumé.