As a sophomore or a junior, it is essential that you move from exploration to experience as you learn about professionalism, leadership and careers through "experiential" or "hands on" learning. This is a fundamental aspect of making connections to further define your career path and understand hard and soft skills needed to be employable after your college career.
Suggested Career Exploration for Sophomores
During your sophomore year, you will want to further explore your career interests and the world of work. As a sophomore, you will have:
- Declared you major and feel comfortable with your choice and potential job opportunities.
- Mastered the skill of research while completing class projects and use these research skills to manage your own personal exploration and begin to experience areas of interest.
Career Experience Resources for Sophomores
- Campus involvement and leadership on campus
By broadening your horizons and getting involved on campus, you will grow important skills for a future career and make positive social connection that will support you holistically as a student.
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- Volunteer locally, nationally or internationally
Additional Exploration of Careers
Suggested Career Experiences for Juniors
Connecting with On-Campus Mentors
On-campus faculty and staff have a multitude of experiences in the world of work outside of teaching. There may be a faculty or staff member you would like to reach out to for more information about a career field. Also, there a number of alumni who are available to answer your career questions through an informational interview.
As you make a professional connections, through a mentor, alumni office or a job shadowing experience, you will want to interview your professional to gather clear information about their experience within their career.
- Tips for informational interviews
- Best questions for an informational interview
Planning for an Internship
Internships are a primary step to gaining professional experience and further clarifying your career path. The value of internships has been well established for decades within universities (see Internships positively impact student competencies, 8 great reasons to intern).
What you want to decide is your timing and location for your internship. In regard to resources for internships, Handshake is the main portal utilized by many universities to connect students to opportunities.
Additional Internship Resources
Looking for something specific for your experience? Try:
Designing your Resume
Whether for an internship application or part-time experience while in college, at this time you want to craft a strong resume. Your resume should demonstrate your variable skills and professionalism you have gained as a student, part-time worker, and from any activities that you have been involved in.
During your senior year, you will refine your resume further for your first applications to professional full-time positions.
Career Advisement Appointment
A career advisement appointment is a great step toward understanding how your college activities and classes support your efforts to gain employment. If you haven't had a career advisement appointment yet, connect with us during your sophomore year to further define your potential career path.
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