Junior Career Development Plan

Seek out experiences to continue to broaden your horizons and build your skill set. Continue to grow your network and begin to develop post-graduation plans. In other words, INTERACT!  If you are just getting started, refer to the freshman and sophomore timelines for additional guidance.


  1. Consider adding a minor, certificate, or endorsement to your academic plan if you have not done so already. 
  2. Meet with your faculty and professional advisors to make sure you are sitll on the right track to graduation. 
  3. Maintain a solid GPS
  4. Begin the graduate school application process and entrance exams, if applicable. 
  5. Attend the Graduate School Fair
  6. Consider Undergraduate Research or Study Abroad opportunities. 


  1. Conduct career or industry research through the Career Center and other resources like VaultO*NET, and Occupational Outlook Handbook.
  2. Attend professional events and programs sponsored by Career Development and other departments. 
  3. Revise resumes and personal statements (if applicable). Have it critiqued by Career Development personnel and University faculty. 
  4. Consider creating an online portfolio
  5. Develop a list of professional references. Read some tips on how to ask a faculty to write you a recommendation. 
  6. Participate in mock interviews and other interviewing workshops and actitivites. 
  7. Participate in Internships. Some internship applications are due up to a year in advance.  

Personal & Social:

  1. Start exploring choices after graduation. Speak with faculty and professional advisors or Career Development personnel.
  2. Reflect on the previous year. Perforn a Personal SWOT assessment. 
  3. Reinforce writing and oral communication skills and other soft skills. 
  4. Take on leadership roles through Student Organizations
  5. Practice Stress and Time Management to maintain a healthy social and school life balance. Contact the Counseling Center for additional help and resources.