The first phase (suggested during the freshman year) of your career development process is about exploring your options, developing an understanding of your interest and skills, and investigating a major or career path.
- Meet with a career counselor to begin the career exploration process.
- Meet with your academic advisor to discuss career plans.
- Enhance your knowledge of career topics through presentations and workshops by Career Development.
- Review your interests by taking a career assessment to brainstorm major and career paths.
- Investigate majors and career paths (documents for What can I do with this major?; Informational Interviewing; ONet; Bls)
- Get involved with extra-curricular activities at Gwynedd Mercy University (clubs, athletics, resident life)
- Begin building a resume and portfolio.
In this phase (suggested during the sophomore year) you should start to experiment with your major and career paths so you can begin to narrow down your career objective.
- Meet with a career counselor to continue the discussion of your major/career path plan.
- Identify your professional network and reach out for career advice and information.
- Conduct Informational Interviews with professionals in jobs/careers you want to learn more about.
- Participate in the Externship Program where you can job shadow an alum or professional in fields of your interest.
- Continue to develop and enhance your job searching documents: resume, cover letter, reference sheet, portfolio and social media tools.
- Identify your transferrable skills and make connections between your skills and interests
- Begin planning experiential learning opportunities (internships, volunteering, jobs, extracurricular activities).
The third phase (suggested during the junior year) is an essential part of career exploration is getting hands-on experience in the fields that interest you.
- Update your career goals based on career exploration and experience.
- Revise your job searching documents: resume, cover letter, reference sheet, portfolio and social media tools (LinkedIn).
- Join a professional association to gain valuable resources in the field.
- Obtain an internship (experiential learning opportunity) that is related to your career objective.
- Join the Griffin Student Leadership Institute.
- Position yourself in leadership roles both inside and outside the classroom.
- Develop your 30 second commercial for networking.
- Continue to grow your network by attending employer panels and networking events.
- Utilize College Central Network and other online job databases to search for experiential learning opportunities.
The fourth phase (suggested during the senior year) helps students get a jump start on your career by successfully marketing yourself (education, experiences, skills).
- Create a job search plan by targeting specific employers and networking opportunities.
- Schedule a mock interview with our office—practice makes perfect!
- Research specific employers on Glassdoor in order to gain an edge of your competition.
- Finalize your job searching documents: resume, cover letter, reference sheet, portfolio and social media tools (LinkedIn).
- Continue to maintain your network and keep them updated about your post graduate plans.
- Prepare to transition from the academic setting to the professional world work setting.
- Attend job fairs and networking events.