4-Year Career Action Planning

Freshman Year
  • Be sure to speak with SHU faculty, advisor's, career counselors about career options in your major
  • Visit the Career Development and Placement Center and develop a resume and explore career options
  • Check out your account on PioneerLink (Internship/Job Posting System)
  • Join the Alumni Career Network located on PioneerLink and get the advice of SHU alumni
  • Identify and confirm your values, interests, personality and skills. The Career  Center offers a program called Major in Success to help you decide on a major and explore career options.
  • Consider participating in oneextracurricular activity
    • Write for the Spectrum
    • Join Student Government,
    • Join a club,
    • Join intramurals or intercollegiate sports
    • Participate in community service activities
  • Get to know at least one faculty or staff member this year
  • Take every opportunity to develop your computer and writing skills
  • Check out the Career Center's Major and Career Research sites
  • Talk to people about what they do for a living
  • Most of all, do your best to get good grades

Sophomore Year

  • If you have not already done so, register with PioneerLink, the SHU online Internship/Job Posting System
  • Declaring your major or considering a change? Contact the Career Development and Placement Center
  • Once you have confirmed your major check in with the Career Coach for that major.
  • Talk with professors and your career coach about occupations related to your interests/major
  • Continue to gain experience through:
    • Internships
    • Job shadows
    • Volunteer experience
    • Community service
    • Study abroad
    • Summer job related to your interests
    • Continue involvement in University activities
  • Participate in resume and interviewing workshops
  • Update your resume and have a Career Coach review it
  • Look for career panels and employer information sessions sponsored by Academic Departments, Athletics, and Career Development
  • Create a LinkedIn account to establish your professional network for communicating with employers, alumni and students
  • Set up a meeting with the career coach assigned to your area of study
  • Attend University Internship/Job Fairs to plan for next year find out what’s out there!

Junior Year

  • Post your current, approved resume/cover letter onto PioneerLink
  • Pursue internship opportunities
  • Continue networking with individuals in the field you have chosen a career
  • Job shadow or conduct informational interviews
  • Update your resume and get it approved through the Career Development office
  • Attend a University Internship/Career Fair
  • Review alternate career plans – explore graduate programs; admission requirements
  • Take a practice graduate school admission test...GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT
  • Meet with your career advisor to plan your job search campaign
  • If you haven’t already create a LinkedIn account to establish your professional network for communicating with employers, alumni and students

Senior Year

  • Start your job search during your fall semester and work with your career coach to enhance your job search techniques
  • Post your current, approved resume/cover letter onto PioneerLink
  • Check out job opportunities and research companies you are interested in
  • Watch for SHU Career Development and alumni events that give you the opportunity to network with employers and alumni
    • On-Campus Interviews
    • Career Fairs
    • Education Fairs
    • Guest Speakers
  • Apply for jobs and participate in as many interviews as possible
    • Participate in Career Development’s On-Campus Interviewing Program
  • Take necessary exams and apply to graduate programs that fit your needs