Career Planning

Senior Year: Implementation & Transition

At long last - you have achieved your last year at Albion College. It is more critical than ever that you use your resources well, stay organized, and keep your eye on the ball.

  • Meet with a Career and Internship Center staff member to design a job search strategy or finalize your graduate/professional school search timeline and plans.
  • Attend Career and Internship Center workshops targeted for seniors: Developing a Job Searching Plan, Resume Writing, Successful Interviewing, Getting an Apartment, Day One at Work as well as a Senior Open House and more.
  • Ask faculty and employers to provide references for you.
  • Revise and update your resume and draft a cover letter.  For graduate school, complete your personal statement.
  • Mail your applications to graduate schools.
  • Prepare for graduate school or job interviews with a mock interview in the Career and Internship Center.
  • Complete an internship or career-related work experience if you haven’t already.
  • Formulate an alternate “Plan B” in case you need to make last minute career adjustments.
  • Assist your student organization transition from your leadership to the upcoming leaders in the group.
  • Begin to research companies/organizations and the career opportunities they offer.
  • Participate in career fairs and build your network of contacts in your field of interest.

Most importantly - use all the expertise and resources Albion College has to offer as you transition to career or graduate school following graduation!

Choosing a Major

There are many ways to select a major. Two common ways include:

  • Have a dream career in mind and select a major that would help you get there.
  • Select a major because you are interested in the subject then figure out how it relates to a career.

Choosing a major involves gathering information about yourself AND about majors and careers

Learn about yourself

  • What are your interests? What do you do in your spare time? What kinds of courses do you find fascinating? Which classes do you enjoy?
  • In which areas do you naturally excel? What comes naturally for you?
  • What are your values – make money, help people, be a leader, be creative?
  • Are you willing/able to attend graduate school if needed?
  • What do your family and friends see as your greatest strengths?
  • Consider taking self assessment tests in the Career and Internship Center to learn more about yourself.

Learn about majors and careers

  • Ask your advisor and other faculty to share information about a major and required coursework.
  • Ask upperclassmen in various majors about their experiences.
  • Read about major courses in the course catalog. What looks interesting?
  • Visit the Career and Internship Center to talk with a career counselor.
  • Sample some course offerings in your area of interest.
  • Research careers of interest in the Career Resource Center, on the “What can I do with this Major?” page, and do a general online search.
  • Explore experiential learning opportunities in an area of interest. The staff in the Career and Internship Center can assist you in the process of finding and securing a wide range of opportunities.

Resources for information on Majors

Not all majors identified in these sites are available at Albion College. These are links to web sites that are not under the control of Albion College or the Career and Internship Center. We are not responsible for the contents of any linked site. The Career and Internship Center provides these links merely as a courtesy. The data contained in this web site is for informational purposes only and is not represented to be error free.

Remember

  • Compare the information you are learning about majors and professions with what you know about yourself and the self assessment information. Do you have the qualities and interests that match the characteristics of certain majors?
  • Choosing a major does not dictate what you will do for the rest of your life! Increasingly people see their major as a starting point upon which they can grow as their interests and skills develop.
  • If you are interested in several areas of study, consider a double major, minor, or concentration. You can take classes, join a club, or even volunteer in areas you enjoy as well to feed your passions.

 

Graduate School

The decision to pursue graduate school is multifaceted.

  • Do you want to pursue graduate education directly from Albion College or do you want to work prior to continuing your education?
  • What field of graduate study interests you?
  • Which school is a good fit for your chosen field of study?

Use all the resources available to determine what you want to pursue in graduate school and the best places to do that work. Don't forget all the resources on campus—Albion faculty and alumni are often forgotten as people explore options.

See the articles below for helpful information, and don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with the Career and Internship Center for further help and insight on your graduate school decision.

Junior Year: Career Goal Setting, Gaining Experience & Graduate School Planning

By your third year, you should have laid the groundwork for your future. You have chosen a major and are active in adding experiences to complement your studies. At this time all the experience and information you have gathered should be crystallizing into solid career goals and plans.

  • Meet with a Career Development staff member to formulate your job or graduate school search timeline and plans.
  • Focus and set career goals based on what you have learned about you, your interests, and possible professions.
  • Discuss your career plans with your faculty advisor.
  • Explore and make arrangements for off-campus study and internship options.
  • Consider applying for scholarships and fellowships found in the Career and Internship Center and in Career Resources, Graduate School Financing.
  • Join student chapters of professional organizations to gain career information and to start networking.
  • Research graduate/professional school possibilities, their application procedures and deadlines. Many resources are available through the Career Development Office, including Peterson’s Graduate and Professional School Guides.
  • Pick up a GRE, LSAT or MCAT packet in the Career Development Office.
  • Register and prepare for admission tests such as the GRE, LSAT and MCAT.
  • Participate in career fairs and career related events to explore your options and network with potential employers.
  • Get to know faculty members in your major.
  • Take on leadership roles on and off-campus.
  • Get professional experience through on-campus research, an internship, on-campus employment, volunteer work or a summer job.

Use all of your resources, including the Career and Internship Center. You are not alone in this process!

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