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Career Planning Timeline

Four-Year Plan Philosophy

The Career Development Center provides programs and resources to assist students at each stage of their academic careers. The university provides a four-year developmental plan to assist students at each stage of their academic careers. The university encourages students to explore their own interests and abilities, to identify a major program of study and to plan for a career. Students define career objectives, identify and research potential places of employment and learn to communicate effectively with employers.  

Get advice for your:

  • First year - Assess your skills and interests and explore academic majors and university activities
  • Sophomore year - Develop your plan and take a leadership role in a meaningful university or community activity
  • Junior year - Pursue your career interest through an internship or employment, join a professional association, and continue to build your professional network
  • Senior year - Finalize and implement your post-graduation plans and commit to a budget for graduate school or your first job

A detailed list of suggested career activities is available below for your review.

First Year

First Semester

  • Ask questions in your Perspectives class about university resources that are available to support you in your academic success and personal transition to college.
  • Stop in to learn about the services offered by the Career Development Center, Center for Academic Achievement, Faculty Coordinator for Post-Graduate Advising, First-Year Programs and the Center for Diversity and Social Justice.
  • Need a job on campus?  Landing and Keeping an On-Campus Job is a specially designed workshop to help students locate, successfully apply for, and retain jobs on-campus.
  • Follow up from the previous workshop by attending an Interviewing Preparation workshop to learn more about the interview process and what you might expect during your on-campus job interview.
  • Come to A Major Fit, DISC, or MBTI workshop to: 
    • Discover your interests, abilities, values and personality type.  
    • Explore academic majors and potential career paths.
  • Visit the undergraduate catalog for course descriptions and requirements of possible majors.
  • Talk with faculty in each major area in which you have an interest or meet with your academic advisor to learn about a wide variety of courses that might help determine areas of interest.  
  • Dedicate yourself to doing well academically.  Go to class and participate, further develop study skills, and take advantage of campus resources such as the Center for Academic Achievement. The Center for Academic Achievement helps students build essential and strong foundations in writing and math.  Employers and graduate schools look for high GPAs to predict success for those without full-time work experience.
  • Use and participate in First-Year Programs activities to learn about valuable resources and build your professional network.
  • Think about ways you will establish professional references for internships, jobs or graduate school.
  • Attend the Fall Activities Fair to learn about nearly 150 campus clubs and organizations. Join clubs that are meaningful to you or beneficial for you.  These clubs may be related to your major, connected to a cause you care deeply about, or a way to get to know and have fun with other students on campus. The Center for Diversity and Social Justice is an office that supports all students.
  • Take advantage of the Career Development Center's Drop-In Hours every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (see schedule for hours) for quick career related questions or to get started on your resume.
  • Attend the Annual Employment and Internship Fair on the first Thursday of October to talk with employers and alumni about internship positions.  Make a great first impression by joining us at two workshops in advance, Prepare for the Fair and Knowing How to Network.

Second Semester

  • Attend the Spring Activities Fair to learn about nearly 150 campus clubs and organizations. Join clubs that are meaningful to you or beneficial for you. 
  • Come to an Introduction to Crusader Careers workshop to learn how to use this job, internship and on-campus recruiting tool offered to SU students.
  • Get a jump start on your resume by attending a Resume workshop.
  • Apply for internships from your residence hall room through the Annual On-line Employment and Internship Fair. To register visit Crusader Careers.
  • Attend the Social Media workshop to learn how to best develop your online brand on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.  Follow-up by having a Free Professional Photo taken in the Career Development Center during scheduled photo shoot days.
  • Expand your career horizons through informal conversations with SU faculty and staff. SU BRIDGE allows students to network with alumni online to begin building a professional network. 
  • Attend Prepare for Break Through to get tips on how to network with alumni and gain helpful career advice.
  • Attend Break Through to Life after Graduation; a student and alumni networking conference.
  • Join professional associations in fields that interest you.
  • Research career fields in the Career Development Center library and on the Career Development Center mySU site. 
  • Attend career development and alumni networking events. 
  • Get involved with on- and off-campus organizations to continue to develop “transferable” skills. Discuss ways of honing these skills with faculty and career development staff. 
  • Consider a summer internship to begin acquiring work experience in an area of interest to you. Begin looking for internships through Crusader Careers and the Career Development Center mySU site. 
  • Obtain a part-time job or do some volunteering if you’re not interning over the summer.

In addition, first-year students should:

  • Review the Career Development Center mySU site for upcoming programming in the "CDC Calendar" and "Events" sections.
  • Participate in campus employment.
  • Learn more about GO Programs.
  • Participate in intercollegiate or intramural sports and campus clubs and organizations.
  • Participate in Student Government Association.
  • Work with the Center for Civic Engagement, a ministry or volunteer.
  • Friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

September

  • Stop in to learn about the services offered by the Career Development Center, Center for Academic Achievement, faculty coordinator for post-graduate advising, first-year programs and the Center for Diversity and Social Justice.
  • Enroll in Introduction to Professional Development—a two-credit course offered every seven weeks each semester.  The course emphasizes connections between career preparation, academic choices and co-curricular activities.  Students construct a resume, cover letter and conduct an internship search.
  • Accounting and finance majors, attend Accounting and Finance Nights.
  • Need a job on campus?  Landing and Keeping an On-Campus Job (offered the first Monday of each month) is a specially designed workshop to help students locate, successfully apply for, and retain jobs on campus.
  • Come to A Major Fit, DISC or MBTI workshop to:
    • Discover your interests, abilities, values and personality type.
    • Explore academic majors and potential career paths.  
  • Attend the Fall Activities Fair to learn about nearly 150 campus clubs and organizations.  Join clubs that are meaningful to you or beneficial for you.  These clubs may be related to your major, connected to a cause you care deeply about, or a way to get to know and have fun with other students on campus.  The Center for Diversity and Social Justice is an office that supports all students.
  • Join us for the Graduate School Workshop (offered every Thursday) to learn how to gather information on graduate and professional degree programs.
  • Use the Center for Academic Achievement on a regular basis to earn the best GPA possible.  Employers and graduate schools look for high GPAs to predict success for those without full-time work experience.
  • Start taking advantage of the Career Development Center's Drop-In-Hours every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (see schedule for hours) for quick career related questions throughout the school year.

October

  • Begin preparing and searching for summer internships by attending an Internship Search Workshop (offered every Thursday) where you can also learn more about internship registration for credit and non-credit internships.
  • Come to an Introduction to Crusader Careers Workshop (offered every Tuesday) to learn how to use this job, internship and on-campus recruiting tool offered to SU students.
  • Attend Resume and Cover Letter Workshops (offered every Wednesday) to learn how to develop a resume, cover letter, and reference page.
  • Learn more about interview preparation by attending the Interviewing Preparation Workshop (offered the third Tuesday of every month.)
  • Come to a Resume Doctor Workshop (offered the third Friday of each  month) for a checkup of your resume to prepare for internship and employment opportunities.
  • Attend the Annual Employment and Internship Fair on the first Thursday of October to talk with employers and alumni about internship positions.  Make a great first impression by joining us at two workshops in advance, Prepare for the Fair (offered the first Wednesday of each month) and Knowing How to Network (offered the third Monday of each month).

November

  • Develop your online brand using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. The Career Development Center offers a Social Media Workshop (second Tuesday of each month) to help you prepare your image and brand.

December/January

  • Prepare resumes and cover letters while classes aren't in session!
  • Attend the Spring Activities Fair to learn about nearly 150 campus clubs and organizations.  Join clubs that are meaningful to you or beneficial for you.
  • Attend Prepare for Break Through to get tips on how to network with alumni and gain helpful career advice.

Spring Semester

February

  • Enroll in Introduction to Professional Development—a two-credit course offered every seven weeks each semester. The course emphasizes connections between career preparation, academic choices and co-curricular activities. Students construct a resume, cover letter and conduct an internship search.
  • It's time!  If you haven't already registered for SU BRIDGE sign up to join a network of alumni, parents and friends of Susquehanna University who are prepared to discuss careers.
  • Participate in the Annual Online Employment and Internship Fair to apply for internships using Crusader Careers.
  • Attend the Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium (CPEC) annual fair. Notifications for other national employment and internship fairs are listed on the Career Development Center mySU page under "Events."
  • Attend Break Through to Life after Graduation, a student and alumni networking conference.

March

  • Attend alumni networking events in your area as they become available.

April

  • Prepare to look your best at your summer internship by attending a Dress for Success Workshop (offered the first Friday of each month).

In addition, sophomores should:

  • Review the Career Development Center mySU site for updated career information and events.
  • Participate in campus employment or an internship.
  • Consider writing a sophomore essay.
  • Learn more about GO Programs.
  • Conduct research with a professor.
  • Participate in intercollegiate or intramural sports and join campus clubs and organizations. 
  • Participate in the Student Government Association.
  • Work with the Center for Civic Engagement, a ministry or volunteer.
  • Join academic organizations such as pre-med or pre-law society.
  • Join professional associations related to academic major or occupational interests.
  • Take on a leadership role in a club or organization or considering becoming a resident assistant.
  • Continue to develop transferrable skills:
    • Writing
    • Public speaking and language skills
    • Time-management and study habits
    • Computer knowledge
    • Personal fitness
 

    Junior Year

    Fall Semester

    September

    • Use career development resources available to you on mySU.
    • Stop in to learn about the services offered by the Career Development Center, Center for Acadedemic Achievement, faculty coordinator for post-graduate advising, first-year programs and the Center for Diversity and Social Justice.
    • Complete a practicum, volunteer service program and/or an internship by the end of this year. Review SU Crusader Careers online database, professional association listings and mySU sites for vacancies.  
    • Accounting and finance majors, attend Accounting and Finance Nights.
    • Come to an Introduction to Crusader Careers Workshop (offered every Thursday) to learn how to use this job, internship and on-campus recruiting tool offered to SU students.
    • Attend the Graduate School Workshop (offered every Thursday) to obtain information on graduate and professional degree programs, application procedures, expectations, and GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and DAT registration.
    • Take a simulated graduate school entrance exam and receive suggestions for improvement based on your scores.
    • View on-campus recruiting dates and internship announcements and register for resume books and accumulations through Crusader Careers, an online recruiting system designed especially for Susquehanna University students.
    • Attend Penn State Fall Career Days, Sept. 17-19, 2013.
    • Come to a Resume Doctor Workshop (offered the third Friday of each month) for a checkup of your resume to prepare for internship and employment opportunities.
    • Attend the Fall Activities Fair to learn about nearly 150 campus clubs and organizations. Join clubs that are meaningful to you or beneficial for you. These clubs may be related to your major, connected to a cause you care deeply about or a way to get to know and have fun with other students on campus. The Center for Diversity and Social Justice is an office that supports all students.
    • Be sure to use the Center for Academic Achievement.

    October

    • Begin preparing and searching for summer internships by attending an Internship Search Workshop (offered every Thursday) where you can also learn more about internship registration for credit and non-credit internships.
    • Attend the Annual Employment and Internship Fair on the first Thursday of October to talk with employers and alumni about internship positions and full-time jobs. Make a great first impression by joining us at two workshops in advance, Prepare for the Fair (offered the first Wednesday of each month) and Knowing How to Network (offered the third Monday of each month).
    • Attend Resume and Cover Letter Workshops (offered every Wednesday) to update your documents in preparation for summer internship applications.
    • Visit the Career Development Center for drop-in hours every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (see schedule for hours) for quick career-related questions throughout the school year.
    • Learn more about interview preparation by attending the Interviewing Preparation Workshop (offered the third Tuesday of every month). 
    • Attend the Graduate/Professional School Fair at Bucknell University to meet with representatives from multiple programs and institutions. Tailored sessions for law and medical school students are offered.

    November

    • Develop your online brand using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. The Career Development Center offers a Social Media Workshop (second Tuesday of each month) to help you prepare your image and brand.
    • Use your professional network on SU BRIDGE, a network of alumni, parents and friends of Susquehanna University who are prepared to discuss careers and provide advice. 

    December/January

    • Come to A Major Fit, DISC or MBTI workshops to:
      • Discover your interests, abilities, values and personality type.
      • Explore academic majors and potential career paths.
    • Attend the Spring Activities Fair to learn about nearly 150 campus clubs and organizations. Join clubs that are meaningful to you or beneficial for you. 
    • Take advantage of winter break by completing an externship or internship or apply for several summer internships.
    • Attend Prepare for Break Through to get tips on how to network with alumni and gain helpful career advice.

    Spring Semester

    February

    • Attend the Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium (CPEC) annual fair. Notifications for other national Employment and Internship Fairs are listed on the Career Development Center mySU page under "Events."
    • Apply for internships from your residence hall room through the Annual Online Employment and Internship Fair. To register visit Crusader Careers.
    • Attend Break Through to Life after Graduation, a student and alumni networking conference.

    March

    • Prepare to look your best at your summer internship by attending a Dress for Success Workshop (offered the first Friday of each month).

    April

    • Select your final list of five to eight graduate schools. Consult with faculty in your department and the faculty coordinator for post-graduate advising.

    May-August

    • Intern and/or prepare graduate school application materials.

    In addition, juniors should:

    • Review the Career Development Center mySU site for updated career information and events.
    • Use the Career Library especially if you are unsure of what you can do with your major.
    • Participate in campus employment or an internship.
    • Learn more about GO Programs.
    • Conduct research with a professor.
    • Participate in intercollegiate or intramural sports or join campus clubs and organizations.
    • Participate in the Student Government Association.
    • Work with the Center for Civic Engagement, a ministry or volunteer.
    • Join academic organizations such as pre-med or pre-law society.
    • Join professional associations related to academic major or occupational interests.
    • Continue to develop transferable skills:
      • Communication
      • Teamwork
      • Initiative
      • Problem-solving
      • Attention to detail
     

      Senior Year

      September

      • Review Senior Orientation, an online workshop about job searching and the graduate school process. Learn how to register for on-campus recruiting, resume books and resume accumulations.
      • Accounting and finance majors, apply for full-time positions if you haven't already accepted an offer and attend Accounting and Finance Nights.
      • Use Crusader Careers on a weekly basis. This online recruiting system is designed especially for Susquehanna University students. Register for on-campus recruiting dates, view employment announcements, and register for resume books and accumulations. If you need assistance with this resource, come to an Introduction to Crusader Careers Workshop (ofered every Tuesday) to learn how to use this job, internship and on-campus recruiting tool offered to SU students.
      • Attend Penn State Fall Career Days, Sept. 17-19, 2013.
      • It is not too late to gain additional experience during the fall or spring semester through a practicum, volunteer service program or an internship. Attend an Internship Search Workshop (offered every Thursday) where you can also learn more about internship registration for credit and non-credit internships.
      • Stop in for a refresher on the services offered by the Career Development Center, Center for Academic Achievement, faculty coordinator for post-graduate advising, first year programs and the Center for Diversity and Social Justice.
      • Attend the Graduate School Workshop (offered every Thursday) to obtain informaiton on graduate and professional degree programs, application procedures, expectations, and GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and DAT registration.
      • Take a simulated graduate school entrance exam and receive suggestions for improvement based on your scores.
      • Attend the Fall Activities Fair to learn about nearly 150 campus clubs and organizations. Join clubs that are meaningful to you or beneficial for you. These clubs may be related to your major, connected to a cause you care deeply about, or a way to get to know and have fun with other students on campus. The Center for Diversity and Social Justice is an office that supports all students.
      • Take advantage of the Center for Academic Achievement. 

      Ocotober

      • Attend the Annual Employment and Internship Fair on the first Thursday of October to talk with employers and alumni about internship positions and full time jobs. Make a great first impression by joining us at two workshops in advance, Prepare for the Fair (offered the first Wednesday of each month) and Knowing How to Network (offered the third Monday of each month).
      • Prepare resumes, CVs, cover letters and personal statements for employment or graduate school, and visit the Career Development Center for drop-in hours every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (see schedule for hours) for quick career related questions throughout the school year.
      • Schedule advising appointment - individual appointments in the Career Development Center are offered to critique resumes and cover letters.
      • Learn more about interview preparation by attending the Interveiwing Preparation Workshop (offered the third Tuesday of every month).
      • Graduate School Fair—Attend the Graduate/Professional School Fair at Bucknell University to meet with representatives from multiple programs and institutions.
      • On-Campus Interviewing—Employers visit SU throughout the year to interview candidates so continue to check Crusader Careers.

      November

      • Develop your online brand using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. The Career Development Center offers a Social Media Workshop (second Tuesday of each month) to help you prepare your image and brand.
      • Individual Career Advising—To discuss after graduation plans to make sure you are on the right track.
      • SU BRIDGE—A network of alumni, parents and friends of Susquehanna University who are prepared to discuss careers.
      • Prepare to look your best at your summer internship by attending a Dress for Success Workshop (offered the first Friday of each month).

      December/January

      • Come to DISC or MBTI workshop to:
        • Discover your interests, abilities, values and personality type.
        • Explore potential career paths. 
      • Apply for full-time employment—because the average job search takes seven months.
      • Attend a Job Search Workshop (offered every Wednesday) to learn effective job search strategies.
      • Attend Prepare for Break Through to get tips on how to network with alumni and gain helpful career advice.
      • Attend Resume and Cover Letter Workshops (offered every Wednesday) to update your documents in preparation for job applications.

      February

      • CPEC—Attend the Centeral Pennsylvania Employment Consortium annual fair.
      • Job fairs—Review a list of national employment fiars on the Career Development Center mySU site.
      • Apply for jobs from your residence hall room through the Annual Online Employment and Internship Fair. To register visit Crusader Careers.
      • Attend Break Through to Life after Graduation, a student and alumni networking conference.

      March

      • North Central PA Education Consortium—Held for employment in K-12 education.

      April

      • Consider offers and select your first job.


      In addition, seniors should:

      • Consider writing a senior thesis or conduct research with a professor.
      • Review the Career Development Center mySU site for updated career information and events.
      • Participate in intercollegiate or intramural sports.
      • Join community and campus clubs and organizations.
      • Participate in the Student Government Association.
      • Work with the Center for Civic Engagement, a ministry or volunteer.
      • Join academic organizations such as pre-med or pre-law society.
      • Join professional associations related to academic major or occupational interests.
      • Remember, employers are looking for:
        • Communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
        • Teamwork
        • Initiative and problem-solving skills
        • Analytical skills and attention to detail
        • Flexibility/adaptability
        • Computer and technical skills


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