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A Student Guide to Career Planning
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• Talk with your parents and/or mentors about the different career and major choices you are considering.
• Consider the advantages of taking a balanced course load the first year while adjusting to the transition of college life. Seventeen or eighteen semester hours may not be a realistic goal for most first year students.
• Take courses to explore your interests that will help narrow down a career focus. Trust your Baylor academic advisors. These professionals have graduate degrees and are highly qualified to assist you with a four-year graduation plan (www.baylor.edu/academic_advisement).
• Work to develop strong study and time management skills. High school study skills may not be adequate for college level work (www.baylor.edu/support_programs).
• Schedule an appointment with a career counselor and begin the career counseling process (www.baylor.edu/careercounseling).
• Get involved in one or two campus activities or organizations related to your interests. This type of involvement can serve as a way to explore career options and will also begin the process of building a résumé (www.baylor.edu/student_activities/organizations).
• Brainstorm with your family members and mentors a list of friends or relatives that may work in a field that interests you. Job shadowing and information interviews are excellent ways to obtain additional information about a career path.
• Find a career-related job or internship experience during the summer to begin building your résumé (www.baylor.edu/cpd).
• Choose a career path that fits your personality, interests, strengths, values and calling.
• Remember that choosing a major is a process and requires diligent work on your part.
• Make use of the career counseling services that are provided free of charge by Baylor University (www.baylor.edu/careercounseling).
• Build your résumé by finding a career-related job or internship experience during the summer (www.baylor.edu/cpd).
• Seek assistance to improve your grades (www.baylor.edu/support_programs).
• Get to know your professors. Letters of recommendation from faculty members are valuable resources for obtaining internship and job opportunities.
• Obtain leadership responsibilities in clubs or organizations. This is a way of developing marketable work skills.
• Contact the Office of Career and Professional Development for résumé assistance (www.baylor.edu/cpd).
• Continue to build your résumé by obtaining experience related to your career goals through an internship or job.
• PLAN to attend one of the many Career Fair opportunities on campus (www.baylor.edu/cpd).
• Begin discussions with your parents, mentors, and professors about life after college – either employment or graduate or professional school (www.gradschools.com or www.baylor.edu/cpd).
• Discuss career goals with a career coach in the Office of Career and Professional Development (www.baylor.edu/cpd).
• Create or update your résumé.
• Plan to attend upcoming career fairs or on-campus interview opportunities.
• Get assistance with your job search from the Office of Career and Professional Development (www.baylor.edu/cpd).
• Make decisions about the possibility of attending graduate or professional school.
• Demonstrate care and patience with yourself during this time of transition.
• Remind your parents that it is not okay to call potential employers and intervene on your behalf.