Career Action Plan

As you begin your career at Wofford College, developing a Career Action 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.

BE INQUISITIVE AND AWARE

  • Learn more about the majors offered at Wofford and the skills and knowledge you will gain to prepare you for a variety of occupations.
  • Begin to develop your resume and meet with The Space for feedback and assistance. *
  • Take the assessment FOCUS2 Careers located in myWofford. *
  • Browse the Occupational Information Network to expand your knowledge of possible careers.
  • Meet with someone in The Space to discuss any questions you have about career planning.
  • Claim your Handshake account and upload your resume. *
  • Create a professional LinkedIn profile and begin connecting with others. *
  • Be sure to meet with your academic advisor to plan a course of study related to your interests and career goals.
  • Be sure to attend the Wofford Activities Fair to get involved in a campus student and/or community organization. *
  • Complete an informational interview to gain a professional’s perspective and advice.
  • Get to know upperclassmen, faculty members, and administrators who can provide you with information about majors and career options.
  • Visit the Office of International Programs to learn the many opportunities available to study abroad. Studying abroad allows you learn and explore a new culture, network, and build skills.
  • Browse student employment opportunities on and off campus on Handshake.
  • Begin searching for summer jobs or internships.
  • Get to know people from different populations through campus and community involvement.
  • Demonstrate professionalism in your interactions and emails.

*Highly Recommend Freshman Year

GAINING CAREER EXPERIENCES

  • Update your profile and resume in Handshake.
  • Make sure you have at least 500 connections on LinkedIn. *
  • Check Handshake regularly for job and internship application deadlines.
  • Visit The Space to have your application materials reviewed and to discuss internship and job search strategies. *
  • Before your interview, use Handshake to schedule a mock interview in The Space.
  • Take on a role of responsibility in a student organization or community project to develop leadership and time-management skills while building your resume.
  • Identify career mentors. Talk with someone from The Space for suggestions on identifying mentors.
  • Continue developing skills and relationships through student organizations, internships, part-time employment, and volunteer experience.
  • Brush up on dining and professional etiquette.
  • If interested, research programs and entrance requirements for graduate school. Make plans to take entrance exams. Set up a timeline to apply.
  • Talk with professors and supervisors about serving as references and provide them a copy of your resume.
  • Explore career options by viewing job descriptions in Handshake and attending employer information sessions held throughout recruiting season.
  • Research how social media networking might help in your job search.
  • Attend professional networking events offered by The Space preparing ahead of time to engage employers and graduate schools in conversation about your qualifications and skills.
  • Identify recruiting opportunities on and off campus.

*Highly Recommend Junior Year

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 Space provides a template for resumes so that students understand industry standards. In addition the Space 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 Space 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 Space.

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 Space 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.