The HIRE Education program is a 4-step plan that assists you with your career development process and achieving your goals. The program will help you choose a major/career path and develop job search skills. Career Development supports students throughout the HIRE Education process through our programs, resources and services in order to transition students from student to a successful professional.
There are four areas in HIRE Education: Explore, Experiment, Experience and Excel. Each area is geared towards developing skills and improving knowledge of career concepts such as exploring a career path, job searching, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, networking and more. Every student’s career path is unique; therefore students can begin at any step at any time depending upon where they are in their process.
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. Career Development aids you in this process through our online resources, individual appointments, class presentations, and interest assessment tools. The checklist below provides ideas of activities that help you explore the possibilities that lay before you in college and beyond.
- 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 the FOCUS Assessment along with other assessments for your personality, skills and values and begin 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. You can test drive various paths through both research and real world opportunities. By experimenting with your major and fields of interest you can focus your future career route and then begin gaining practical experience.
- 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. Experience can come in many forms (internships, jobs, volunteer work, campus activity, etc.) and will help you learn more about yourself, clarify your interests, and develop professional skills.
- 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). Identify what makes you valuable to employers and learn how to market that on your resume and during interviews. This stage will equip you with tools for lifelong career success.
- 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 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.
Pay attention to how you feel in your experience. Reflect on your accomplishments or failures. If you discover that the path you have chosen does not quite fit, you may need to change your goals. The career development process continues throughout your career as you continually reassess how things are going, making changes and adjustments as situations require.
Remember that career counselors are here to help you through this process via individual appointments, presentations, and an array of online resources.