ExCEL Career Plan
Develop a relationship and maintain open communication with your advisor to discuss potential career goals. Dedicate yourself to doing well academically - go to class and participate, develop good study skills, and take advantage of campus resources that can help you. Visit the Career Center (Ground Floor, Alumni Hall). Like us on
Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest! Register with FOCUS, an online career exploration system, to identify your personal strengths, needs, preferences, and skills related to career options. To register: stop by the Career Center. Log in to the Mountie Career Connection and complete your profile, learn about upcoming events, and conduct career and employer research. Complete StrengthsQuest to learn about your top talents and how they relate to potential career goals.
Join a student
club or organization to build interpersonal skills and make new contacts. Attend at least one workshop or career-related program. See the University Calendar Connect
Work closely with your advisor to identify elective courses that complement your career and academic goals. Consider a minor to complement your major and career goals. Discover options for studying abroad or interning your junior or senior years. Write a
resume using the Career Center's resume writing tip sheets and website. Have the draft critiqued by Career Center staff. Use
FOCUS, the online career guidance program, to help you plan your career steps. Log in to the
Mountie Career Connection, Mansfield University's job and internship database to begin searching the available jobs and employers in your field of interest. Take a leadership position with a student
club or organization. Get involved with
community service, preferably related to your career interests. Collect examples of work you do (projects, papers, presentations).
Job shadow or conduct informational interviews with professionals working in careers or fields of interest. Attend three (or more) career-related
Meet with your advisor and/or the Career Center to discuss different internships, graduate schools, or jobs. Refine your resume and learn how to write a
cover letter. Serve an internship, externship, or relevant part-time job to gain hands-on professional experience (
Mountie Career Connection). Manage a major project within your student club/organization.
Join a professional organization affiliated with your career interests.
Thinking about graduate school starts here—Learn about graduate school entrance exams and use the grad school guide. Set up your profile on LinkedIn to develop your electronic network and personal brand. Lead
Meet with your advisor to develop action steps for pursuing professional employment or graduate study. Write specialized resumes and cover letters. Complete an internship (or your second) to gain professional experience.
Participate in a virtual mock interview offered through the Mountie Career Connection to develop interview skills. Identify and research potential employers and establish contacts in your chosen field. Attend Job Fairs and sign up for on-campus recruiting to apply for professional positions. Ask references for letters of recommendation.
Register to attend the Senior Transitions Conference, a culminating conference providing information on the transition from college to career.