Career Planning Time Line: Senior Year

Academic:


  • Study, learn, and focus on your GPA. This is the last year you have to increase your GPA before employers look at it. We cannot over emphasize the importance of your GPA to employers. Ensure that the GPA you graduate with 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: 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: 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.
  • Last year to do an internship in your major! Start a semester before you want to take a for credit internship course. See Career Services.
  • Begin your job search the semester before you graduate. Create a job search plan.
  • Visit the Career Services website Careers By Major tab and explore the careers in the major you have chosen including salary information
  • 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
  • Re-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 professinal website.
  • Update your résumé using the online résumé builder, and add to this during the year as you gain new experiences and skills.
  • Update your 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.
  • Update your professional career website with your résumé, a letter you wrote and yours skills.
  • Collect references and letters. Contact Professors, instructors, former employers. Provide them with a copy of your résumé, the purpose of the reference, and a time deadline.
  • Prior to an interview, research the employer and their website. Check Linkedin for the hiring manager's background. Make a list of questions to ask which both provides you with answers and demonstrates your knowledge of and interest in the company
  • NETWORKING:
  • Update your LinkedIn profile to maintain your presence in the online professional networking community and join a LinkedIn group in your career field and stay active - meet other professionals in your career field.
  • 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.
  • Become familiar with the Career Services website and all the resources available to you.
  • Attend Career Services workshops or online webinars
  • Attend on-campus and off-campus job fairs to start networking and understand the process.

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.
  • Take a leadership role in on campus student clubs and get involved in their projects to learn new skills and gainvaluable experience to build your résumé.
  • 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.