Career Planning Time Line: Sophomore Year


  • Study, learn, and focus on your GPA. You have three more years to make it the best for your future. We cannot over emphasize the importance ofyour GPA to employers. Ensure that the GPA you graduate with in three 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. Library is open and receives/sends email seven days a week.
  • Main Campus students:
    • Take Career Self Awareness required course CSA240
    • 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
  • Online students: Visit 7 x 24 "" for course work assistance and tutoring. To login to Post's account go to the Blackboard home page, select the tab at the top "Academic Support & Policies" and then

Career Planning

  • Use your Post 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 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.
  • Career ZoneGo to Career Zone and estimate what kind of salary you will need to support the lifestyle you want. While this is a California site, choose Sacramento as it has the same cost of living as Hartford, CT
  • Create your résumé using the online résumé builder, and add to this during the next three year as you gain new experiences and skills.
  • Become aware of your internet presence, Google your name. Ensure your image as seen by prospective employers reflects the image you need and want.
  • 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.
  • Look for an internship for next summer or during Junior year - start at least one semester before you want to begin the internship course. See Career Services for assistance.
  • Find a summer job on or off campus to contribute to your work experience and your résumé.
  • Review job descriptions for positions that interest you. Determine your skills gap and create a plan to fill these gaps.
  • Become familiar with the Career Services website and all the resources available to you.
  • Attend Career Services workshops or online webinars

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Find a part-time job to build your résumé work experience.
  • Purchase an interview suit - women and men.
  • Take a leadership role in on campus student clubs
    and get involved in their projects to learn new skills and gain valuable 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.