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Career Planning Timeline

Four-Year Plan Philosophy

We provide programs and resources to assist you at each stage of your academic career. We encourage you to explore your own interests and abilities, to identify a major program of study and to plan for a career. 

We'll help you define career objectives, identify and research potential places of employment and learn to communicate effectively with employers.  

First Year: Explore

1. Get to know career development staff: Meet with a career adviser to discuss your strengths, values, interests and opportunities.

2. Consider your interests/explore options for your major: Review the academic course catalog and the "What Can I Do With This Major" page on the mySU career development website to identify a major and possible minor combination that may interest you and fit with your future goals.

3. Start to build your resume: Join student organizations that interest you, volunteer in the community and/or obtain a campus job. Use the resume guides on career development’s mySU page to draft a resume and have it reviewed in the office or at a resume doctor program.

4. Create a plan: Identify your co-curricular goals and review with a career adviser.

5. Develop professional relationships: Consider your decision for a major/minor and connect with a faculty adviser who will guide your academic development. Attend first-year experience programs to learn more about campus resources and staff who can help you!

Sophomore Year: Build

1. Expand your interests: Attend internship workshops, on-campus networking events, and Susquehanna's Employment and Internship Fair in the fall to learn how to find internships related to your interests. Job shadow a professional in your field of interest.

2. Search for opportunities: Log in to your account on the Crusader Careers website to find and apply for internships and jobs.

3. Update your resume: Have your resume reviewed in the Career Development Center or at a resume doctor program.

4. Know your resources: Connect with professionals from the Career Development Center and Center for Academic Achievement, and continue to become familiar with faculty and staff in departments and offices around campus.

5. Network: Attend Break Through panels and events to learn from Susquehanna alumni in your field!

Junior Year: Focus

1. Participate: Attend recruiting events, job fairs and internship search programs to learn about companies and industries.

2. Prepare: Research graduate schools and register to take the appropriate entrance exams. Discuss plans with faculty mentors and career advisers. Update resume and begin writing personal statements.

3. Expand your knowledge: Study off-campus through a GO program, complete a semester or summer internship, volunteer with SU SERVE, and more! Apply for experiential education funds such as the Gundaker Enrichment Fund or the Marinaccio or Stein Scholarships to assist with internships and other opportunities that complement your studies.

4. Make connections: Network with alumni at Break Through events throughout the year, go on networking trips to cities like New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and build a LinkedIn account. Identify a mentor in your field of interest by joining SU Bridge, a networking database that connects alumni and students.

Senior Year: Launch

1. Be proactive: Attend workshops hosted by career development to learn more about the job search, interviewing, power dining and negotiating salary/benefits.

2. Put yourself out there: Network and interview with professionals in the industries, locations, and companies that interest you by attending job fairs and other events. Make sure your social media presence and LinkedIn profile are employer-appropriate and show engagement with your field of interest.

4. Organize: Meet with a career adviser to discuss graduate school applications, revise personal statements, and update your resume.

5. Take the next steps: Finalize post-graduate plans. Submit your graduate school and job applications EARLY! Schedule a mock interview with career development to hone your presentation skills.

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