Third Year: Enhance

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The College Specialist Team Career Counselors are available to guide and support you through the following:

Revisit the Career Planning Guide and evaluate your progress

  • Read through the checklist for your current year and highlight areas you want to accomplish during the year.
  • Write down two questions to discuss with a Career Counselor.
  • Consider attending a Career Services workshop or event on a related topic such as Four-Year Career Planning or Career Portfolio.

Apply strengths, values, interests and/or personality to reinforce a unique and authentic professional brand

  • Determine what makes you unique, through self-reflection and feedback from others, and how your specific strengths can benefit a potential employer.
  • Develop and maintain a positive presence on all types of social media that reflect your professional brand.
  • Evaluate your professional attire and update as needed to ensure that it aligns with your industry and desired image.
    • Participate in a mock interview with a Career Counselor.
    • Practice communicating your brand succinctly in an elevator pitch.  You can meet with a career counselor to practice and get feedback.
  • Consider attending a Career Services workshop or event on a related topic such as a Strengths workshop.

Update and refine your career portfolio and further develop supporting materials

  • Include examples of how you have used your top 5 strengths from StrengthsQuest.
  • Continue adding relevant coursework and labs, projects, extra-curriculars, and internships/part-time work.
  • Include visuals such as photos, documents, designs, etc.
  • Add the Portfolium link to your email signature, resume, and LinkedIn profile.
    Attend a Career Services workshop about Portfolium.
  • Showcase your portfolio to prospective employers; bring a tablet to interviews, networking sessions, and job fairs. 
  • Follow companies of interest to increase your visibility to hiring managers.

Explore graduate/professional school options and the application process

  • Identify potential programs that will help you reach your career goals.
  • Discuss graduate school options with your Career Counselor, faculty, academic advisor, and/or industry professionals.
  • Become familiar with research and fellowship programs including the California Pre-doctoral Program
  • Gain a better understanding of your prospective program(s) by making connections with current graduate students and faculty at that institution.
  • Review the Graduate School links on the Career Services website.
  • Become familiar with the application process and important deadlines.
  • Study for your required graduate admissions exam(s) and identify testing centers.
  • Consider attending a Career Services workshop or event on a related topic such as Graduate School Workshop (Why, Where, How to Pay) or the Grad School Fair at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Update your profile and utilize MustangJOBS

  • Update your resume to reflect your most recent accomplishments.  Upload your resume to MustangJOBS.
  • Explore requirements for careers that interest you by looking at job postings.
  • Search for and apply to internships.
  • Sign up for networking sessions that feature companies that interest you.
  • Review Career Fair participating employers to narrow down who you want to connect with. Further research those employers.
  • Prepare for on-campus interviews using Big Interview.
  • Consider attending a Career Services workshop or event on a related topic such as “Get a Job” or “Internship Search Strategy.”

Make the most of Career Services’ resources and services, including the College Specialist Team

  • Meet with your College Specialist Career Counselor to further clarify your career goals.
  • Access Career Services online resources, such as Big Interview, GoingGlobal, and Focus2.
  • Consider attending a Career Services workshop or event on a related topic such as “Making the Most of the Career Fair” or “Networking Sessions.”

Cultivate and expand your network

  • Connect with faculty/staff, alumni, industry professionals, and employers by engaging in informational interviews or job shadowing.
  • View the CareerSpot networking videos on the Career Services website.
  • Refine and practice your elevator pitch or sound bites about your education, experience, involvement and goals at networking events or Career Fairs.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile and continue connecting with peers and professionals in your industry.  Attend a LinkedIn Workshop to discover strategies for connecting with alumni in your field.
  • Update your networking action plan to continue tracking your professional relationships.
  • Consider attending a Career Services workshop or event on a related topic such as an Alumni Panel/Mixer.

Identify career possibilities and commit to further exploration by taking action

  • Obtain an internship, co-op experience, or part-time job.
  • Explore and participate in volunteer opportunities on campus or within the community.
  • Utilize LinkedIn to look at the career trajectories of professionals in your field of interest.
  • Submit articles, writing samples, or research to academic journals.
  • Join professional organizations within your intended career field and get involved by viewing webinars or attending conferences.
  • Make an appointment with your College Specialist Career Counselor to ensure you are utilizing all possible resources in identifying your future career.
  • Consider attending a Career Services workshop or event such as “How to Make Your HIRE Score Higher” or workshops/events on the topic of internships.

Make time for and appreciate the value of reflection

  • Consider attending a Career Services workshop or event on a related topic such as “Planned Happenstance” or a Strengths workshop.
  • Use the following questions to help you reflect on how your experiences this year can relate to your future career plans.
    • What potential obstacles prevent you from reaching your career possibilities? What can you do to address them?
    • How have you invested in your strengths within your classes, extracurricular activities, volunteer, internship, or part-time work?
    • What aspects of your classes, projects, extracurricular activities, and/or work experiences have you enjoyed the most? How might these interests relate to a future career path?
    • What is your greatest accomplishment so far in college?
    • What factors seem most important in making a future career decision?

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