As you begin your career at Wofford College, developing a Four-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.
A resume is a very important tool in the marketing of a student’s skill set for career opportunities. Resumes come in multiple formats and are used for more than applying for jobs. They also serve as an explanation of your academic, experiential, social and community involvement. A resume is an opportunity to highlight accomplishments so that 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 makes nearly everyone nervous, but students should not worry. Through 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 because of the competition for positions. Successful interviewing requires that you prepare prior to the interview and that you follow-up after. 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, students can schedule a mock interview with a team member in the Career Center.
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, the Career Center works with students to engage in some of these basic questions during the self-exploration process:
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 Four-Year Plan can provide you with direction and ideas to assist in your overall career and professional development process.