Your Four Year Map for Success
- Meet with your advisor, a faculty member, and/or a CSSE staff person to talk about your career plan
- Learn which careers match your values, interests, personality, and skills by taking a career assessment. Here are two to try: SIGI3, MyNextMove Interest Profiler
- Begin your studies and think about how each course will apply to your ultimate career goal.
- Transform your high school resume into a college resume or write a new one. Try Optimal Resume or follow this Resume Guide
- Investigate and apply to part-time and summer jobs to gain work experience.
- Update your resume with new skills and your most recent experience
- Explore careers of interest in more depth using career exploration resources, such as Massachusetts Career Information System
- Start talking to people who work in jobs of interest. Not sure how? Follow this Networking Guide
- Declare a major if you have not, if you have selected a major confirm that choice by talking with your advisor or a staff person in CSSE
- Start planning and searching for internships
- Return to your summer job, find a new one more related to your field, or volunteer
- Concentrate on course work in your major.
- Update your resume
- Research possible employers and companies for whom you would like to work using this resource: America's Career Infonet
- Follow your favorite companies on Twitter or "like" their Facebook page
- Research internships or study abroad programs and apply before deadlines
- Considering Graduate School? Start researching schools, testing requirements, and financing using MassCIS School Sort or Graduate School Guide
- Attend at least one career fair, networking event, graduate school fair, or workshop
- Polish your professional image--social media, business attire, email and voicemail
- Compile a list of professional references and obtain letters of recommendation
- Create a Job Search Plan
- Learn how to tailor your resume and cover letter to each job posting
- Practice your interviewing skills