Four Year Plan

As you begin your career at Wofford College, developing a 4-Year Plan can provide you with direction and ideas to assist in your overall career and professional development process. Below are recommended steps to help you reach your goals.

Expectations

  1. Develop your resume and have it approved by the Career Center.
  2. Create a Handshake account and make your profile public.
  3. Get involved on campus, with a team, club or organization.
  4. Make yourself aware of all of the Mungo Exchange programs.
  5. Make an appointment with the Career Center to discuss post Wofford plans.

  1. Begin to develop a personal network through informational interviews and signing up for a mentor through MyMentor.
  2. Plan to participate in things that will help differentiate you from others, for example, study abroad, Certificate in Entrepreneurial Thinking or civic engagement activities.
  3. Develop and perfect skills that will increase your value in a changing professional landscape (for example, Excel, Digital Marketing, Adobe Suite, etc.
  4. Understand and work on your personal brand. Know who you are and determine if your social media supports this brand.
  5. Look for a summer internship or job that offers hands-on work experience and relates to your future goals.

  1. Decide if you plan to go to graduate school or into the workforce.
  2. Regularly update your LinkedIN and Handshake profiles, check each platform regularly, and leverage them both as tools to grow your network and find opportunities.
  3. Be prepared to start applying for internships in early fall.
  4. Attend events at Wofford that will grow your network.

  1. Set weekly goals for researching and applying for opportunities and growing your network.
  2. Utilize your all of your resources the Career Center, Handshake, MyMentor and your network.
  3. Follow up and write thank you notes! Write them to everyone who provides you with time and/or advice.
  4. Participate in professional etiquette training.
  5. Share what you are doing after graduation with the Career Center by filling out the First Destination Survey.

Resume Development

A resume is a very important tool in the marketing a student’s skill set for career opportunities. Resumes come in multiple formats and are used for more than applying for jobs as they serve as an explanation of academic, experiential, social and community involvement. There are many reasons to create a resume. A resume is the opportunity to highlight accomplishments so students can apply for internships, jobs, provide information about yourself to a reference or recommender, or to finalize your graduate school application.

The Career Center provides a template for resumes so that students understand industry standards. In addition the Career Center will work one-on-one with any student during appointments.

Interviewing Skills

Interviewing makes nearly everyone nervous, but students should not worry. With some planning, preparation and practice, the Career Center works with students to be confident in any interview situation. Effective interviewing skills and knowledge of the interview process are important as there is lots of competition for positions. Successful interviewing requires that you prepare prior to the interview and that you follow-up after the interview. It is critical to convince a potential employer that you can do the job and that you can do it better than the other candidates. To practice your interviewing skills, we students to schedule a mock interview with a team member in the Career Center.

Career and Major Exploration

Occupations are constantly evolving and knowing how a student’s overall skills and qualifications can add value to an organization is critically important. Understanding this will help not only in securing a first job, but also in staying relevant and advancing as a professional.

When faced with career decisions, here are some basic questions the Career Center works with students to engage in the self-exploration process:

  • What kind of work do I want to do based on my interests, abilities, values, and personality? What kind of challenges energize me?
  • Am I prepared? How will my skills and qualifications add value to that occupation/organization?
  • Are the requirements of this occupation reasonable to me?
  • Where are the employment opportunities?

The process of exploring careers can begin with online research, conducting informational interviews with professionals and alumni in a field(s) of interest, or job shadowing. Gathering information and then experiencing the work as a volunteer, intern, or part-time employee are among the most effective ways to learn about a career.

As you begin your career at Wofford College, developing a 4-Year Plan can provide you with direction and ideas to assist in your overall career and professional development process. Below are recommended steps to help you reach your goals.