4-Year Career Action Planning

Career Development is a continuous cycle of reflection, exploration, preparation and action. It is a journey if that is not the same for every person. Key questions to consider are: Who am I? What makes me excited with anticipation?  What gives me joy and satisfaction? What am I good at? What are my options? What resources are available to assist me? Welcome to you Career Journey at SHU!

Action Plans:  Freshman Year | Sophomore Year | Junior Year | Senior Year

Freshman Year
  • Connect with SHU faculty, your academic advisor, and career counselors about career options in your major and possible minors!

  • Visit the Career Development and Placement Center within first semester:
  • Find a Mentor on the Alumni Career Network located on PioNetwork

  • Decide on a major and explore career options through participating in Major in Success.

  • Take the free and fun CareerBeam online self-assessments, and make an appointment with your First Year Career Specialist to discuss your results and next steps.

  • Investigate SHU clubs, organizations and volunteer opportunities that interest you. This is how you can identify and develop your interests and strengths as well as build your resume. Get  involved:
  • Attend a resume workshop and see our Collegiate Resume samples on your PioNetwork account.

  • Pinpoint your top 3 majors and careers of interest. We recommend attending:
    • SHU’s Annual internship & career fair
    • The Majors Exploration Fair in February
    • Multiple Alumni panels throughout each semester!

  • Begin to clean up your social media! Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, SnapChat: See the office to learn how!

  • GET GOOD GRADES! Your GPA will be placed on your resume! BE SURE to turn to an administrator or faculty member if you need some academic guidance. We are a team and we want to help with your success!

Sophomore Year

  • Reflect on what have been your most enjoyable and interesting classes at SHU. Why did you find the interesting? Reflect on the people you notice and admire, then ask yourself why?

  • Confirm your declared major or declare one now. Meet your academic advisor to determine major requirements and your Career Coach to develop your career goals!

  • Take CareerBeam self-directed inventory to help you reflect on your skills, strengths, and interests and begin to identify potential positions.

  • Update your career interests in your PioNetwork profile to ensure that you are getting the most relevant information related to your interests.

  • Attend the Annual Internship and Career Fair

  • Continue to collect information and start your experiential learning:
    • Have conversations! (professors and advisors, upperclassmen, alumni)
    • Job shadow an alumnus or relative or family friend
    • Research and apply for summer internships, jobs or volunteer.
    • NETWORK: go to career events: special speakers, industry, alumni and networking events!

  • Meet with your career coach within first semester to update your resume and LinkedIn profile

  • Set up Informational Interviews with contacts you have found.

  • Look into study abroad opportunities for Junior Year (or during summers). Studying Abroad can give you a new perspective and skills that employers desire in employees!

  • Stay active in student clubs/organizations and apply for a leadership positions.

  • Continue to develop your career goals and learn how to transfer skills gained from your student club, volunteer, and experiences into active bullet statements on your résumé.

  • Learn the basics of cover letter writing, interview skills, marketing yourself strategies!

  • Meet with a Career Counselor to identify several approaches for finding internships and jobs.

  • Learn about the SHU On-Campus Interviewing Program and find out if employers you’re interested in are coming to campus to interview.

  • Begin to understand how to be a professional through connection with your Career Coach throughout the year! You are on your way and it is an exciting time!

Junior Year

  • Update your PioNetwork profile to receive important emails related to your career interests. Post your resume and seek Career Coach approval.

  • Continue to grow your network and begin to develop post-grad plans. 

  • Consider obtaining skills and areas of expertise you need to expand your career fields of interest.

  • If you have questions or concerns, don’t wait, make an appointment for self-assessment and one-on-one advising resources.

  • Continue to explore and network career options by attending Career Center, student life, and academic department activities/events.

  • Narrow your career goals and internship targets.

  • Search and apply for fall, spring and/or summer internship opportunities.

  • Refine your interview skills by scheduling a mock interview in the Career Center or practice online with Big Interview on your PioNetwork account.

  • Set up graduate school visits to further explore your post-grad options and to connect with people in your field(s) of interest.

  • Develop your self-marketing skills: How will you speak about your strengths and goals in a résumé or cover letter or during an interview? Further develop these skills by utilizing Big Interview on your PioNetwork site or setting up a mock interview appointment with a Career Center Counselor.

  • Attend a Career Fair. Before you attend make sure to research the organizations you are interested in by checking out their website, their information on PioNetwork, social media platforms, and conducting a Google News search of the organization.

  • Attend information sessions held by employers on campus.

  • Consider if grad school is an option you’d like to pursue.

  • Update your résumé and LinkedIn profile to make sure they include your summer experience, internships, on-campus activities and leadership, and your skills.

  • Take on formal and informal leadership roles.

  • Continue connecting with alumni and employers to learn about the application process and hiring needs within your field(s) of interest and within specific organizations. Remember that networking is the most effective job search strategy!

  • Continue to develop your skills and build your résumé with additional internships, on-campus involvement, and volunteer work.

Senior Year

  • Senior year is the time to make decisions about your post-graduation plans. You will also prepare to transition into the world of work, service opportunities, or graduate studies. Reflect on what you learned from your summer experience that will help you achieve what you want to do next. Consider your long-term goals and short-term objectives.

  • Update your résumé and LinkedIn profile to make sure they include your summer experience, internships, on-campus activities and leadership, and your skills.

  • Post your current, approved resume/cover letter onto PioNetwork

  • Start your job search during your fall semester and work with your career coach to enhance your job search techniques – take advantage of the FALL JOB FAIR!

  • 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 Center’s On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Take necessary exams and apply to graduate programs that fit your needs

  • As you have questions about your post-graduation plans, meet with a Career Counselor to discuss them.

  • Actively engage with alumni through LinkedIn, Online Alumni Network (on your PioNetwork account) Ask thoughtful questions that will help you conduct a successful job search and share advice with your peers based on your own experiences.

  • Set aside time each week for your job search activities (including networking). Work this into your schedule just as you would classwork to make sure you stay on track with your search.

  • Develop a system of organization for your search to keep track of who you have met, where you have applied, the status of applications, and more.

  • Keep SHU informed of what your post-graduation plans are by filling out the post-graduation survey.

  • If you are applying to graduate school, talk with an advisor to learn the timelines for standardized tests; how to ask for effective recommendations and write effective résumés, statements of purpose, or personal statements; and the strategies for successful applications.

  • Know your resources and stay connected. As a SHU alum, you can continue using the Career Development & Placement Center resources after graduation.