Academic and Career Advising

Major and Career Exploration

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Four-Year Plan Overview

Whether you are exploring major options, career opportunities, preparing a resume, seeking an internship, or job searching, allow us to support your career development needs. 

A four-year plan introduces you to the concept of career development and is a general guide for you to explore ideas and activities during your time at Wright State. This guide will help you gain a better understanding of your career options and maximize your prospects for finding the right position or getting admitted to the graduate program of your choice after graduation.

This isn't an exhaustive list or something that needs to be followed "step-by-step"...but there is a reason why we mention, "Meet with CLASS Workforce Development" each year. We are here to provide support and encouragement to all students, regardless of class year.

First Year - Awareness

(You are not expected to make career decisions during your first semester on campus.)

Action Steps

  1. Explore & become familiar with campus resources, like the Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS).
  2. Become aware of career fields in relation to majors that you would like to explore.
  3. Begin the self-exploration process; assessing values, interests, skills, and motivation.
  4. Attend career-related programs and workshops.
  5. Develop strong study skills and maintain a high GPA.
  6. Take a variety of classes to get an idea of different academic fields.
  7. Meet with a career advisor within CLASS Workforce Development to explore possible majors and careers that fit your interests, skills, and values.
  8. Attend Career Fairs, bookmark the COLA website & Facebook page on your computer.

Second Year - Exploration

(Select a major during your sophomore year)

Action Steps

  1. Explore career possibilities.
  2. Learn about occupations.
  3. Begin to build a personal career network by attending Career Fairs and career-specific events and programs.
  4. Research and clarify career options after self-assessment.
  5. Decide on a major/career choice.
  6. Continue to study and stay on track.
  7. Participate in on-campus organizations/clubs to gain valuable work-related skills.
  8. Explore co-ops, internships, and part-time career-related employment opportunities.
  9. Participate in an informational interview.
  10. Meet with faculty, advisors, and alumni to discuss major and career options.
  11. Begin to develop your resume and cover letter.
  12. Attend CLASS Workforce development workshops and programs.
  13. Meet with a career advisor within CLASS Workforce Development.

Third Year - Experience

(Gain experience by participating in an internship or co-op opportunity in your junior year)

Action Steps

  1. Meet with a career advisor to build job search skills.
  2. Gain career-related experience.
  3. Consider graduate or professional school.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the career resources on the Careers & Internships website.
  5. Learn about occupations as they relate to your major & interests.
  6. Familiarize yourself with the online job search process.
  7. Participate in co-ops, internships, or career-related employment.
  8. Maximize involvement with campus clubs and organizations to further develop leadership skills.
  9. Continue informational interviewing - expanding your network.
  10. Identify professional associations related to your career interests.
  11. Consider studying abroad for a summer or semester.
  12. Participate in job shadowing or community service opportunities.
  13. Attend Career Services workshops and programs including Career Fairs.
  14. Meet with CLASS Workforce Development for help with job search, resume, and career guidance.
  15. Continue to develop your resume and cover letter.

Fourth Year - Connect

(Connect with employers and begin your professional job search in your senior year)

Action Steps

  1. Narrow and finalize your career choice.
  2. Prepare for graduate or professional school.
  3. Research labor market information.
  4. Narrow focus on positions and industry openings.
  5. Make an appointment with CLASS Workforce Development to help plan your job search.
  6. Develop a refined resume, cover letter, and a list of references.
  7. Practice interviewing skills and review professional dress guidelines.
  8. Begin developing a professional wardrobe for future job interviews.
  9. Continue to develop your network. Remember social (Facebook, MySpace) and professional (LinkedIn) networking sites can help or hinder your job search. Utilize them wisely and remove any information that may compromise your credibility with employers.
  10. Join a professional organization in your field.
  11. Complete a co-op or internship if you haven't done so.
  12. Attend Career Services workshops and programs including Career Fairs.
  13. Develop a list of contacts/potential employers.

Campus Resources

For more information contact Wayne Stark in CLASS Workforce Development.


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