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Four Year Action Plan

Career development is an ongoing process that begins when you arrive on campus as a freshman and continues throughout your time here at High Point University. Exploring your interests, values, and preferences as early as freshman year will help you to select the appropriate major. After that, learning about a variety of occupations and participating in “hands-on” activities such as internships or volunteer work can clarify your choices. Your senior year should be focused on preparing for and executing the actual job search.

Detailed below are appropriate tasks for your time at High Point University. Your pursuit of these activities will assist you in successfully transitioning from classroom to a work environment in the most efficient and timely manner.

 

FRESHMAN YEAR

  • Schedule an appointment with a career advisor to explore academic majors/minors offered at HPU and related career fields
  • Log on to HPU’s PantherLink and set up your profile
  • Discuss with your career advisor taking career and/or personality self-assessments (Focus 2, Campbell Interest & Skill Survey, Myers-Briggs) to clarify your areas of interest
  • Participate in campus and community activities to enhance your leadership skills and further define your interests
  • Focus on academics and building a strong GPA
  • Create a resume using our online Resume Guide
  • Pay close attention to what you post on social media sites and realize that what you post NOW can cause you problems LATER
  • During the summer, look for opportunities to volunteer, job shadow, or intern in addition to working at a typical summer job

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR

  • Learn about YOU through informational interviewing/job shadowing – contact people you know who work in fields you are considering
  • Determine your major with a realistic understanding of how it relates to career opportunities; meet with your career advisor for further clarification if needed
  • Join campus clubs/organizations and professional associations that will connect you with students who have similar interests
  • Strengthen/update your resume and have it reviewed by your career advisor
  • Research possible internship opportunities through the PantherLink network
  • Plan early for your summer – seek out an internship, volunteer experience, or paid job that will help you continue to explore areas of career interest
  • Research and plan ahead for a junior year fall or spring internship

 

JUNIOR YEAR

  • Establish a LinkedIn profile and start to selectively add connections; clean up social media sites from your earlier college days if you have not yet done so
  • Research internship opportunities and determine if a for-credit internship fits into your course schedule; remember that internships do not necessarily have to be done for academic credit
  • Continue to conduct informational interviews
  • Update your profile and search for internships using PantherLink
  • Meet with your career advisor to update your resume, create an effective cover letter, and practice for interviews
  • Attend career fairs and related events to see what organizations are growing and actively recruiting college graduates
  • Research graduate and professional schools early if you are considering pursuing an advanced degree after graduation; become familiar with application timelines and admissions tests
  • Finalize plans for a summer internship; complete paperwork if you are completing for academic credit

 

SENIOR YEAR

  • Schedule an appointment early in the year with your career advisor to develop a job-search action plan and timetable
  • Google yourself to find out what potential employers can see online
  • Polish your resume and create targeted cover letters; be aware that you will need to tweak both documents for each opportunity
  • Strengthen your presence on LinkedIn!
  • Join the LinkedIn High Point University Alumni group (seniors only)
  • Attend a LinkedIn workshop or make an appointment to learn how to improve your profile
  • Continue to pursue all possible networking opportunities
  • Request a mock interview appointment with your career advisor to practice answering challenging interview questions
  • Search for opportunities through PantherLink and other online resources
  • Apply to graduate school if that is your path; pay close attention to all deadlines

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