Student Career Development Information
Career Development Plan
First Year Students - Self Assessment
Identify your interests, skills, and values. Some assessments from the CDC may help.
- Take a variety of TDS courses to see what piques your interest.
- Develop academic and career goals.
- Explore a variety of majors by talking to staff, faculty, students, employers, friends, adviser and parents.
Sophomore Students - Exploration
- Choose a major consistent with your interest, abilities and goals.
- Build relationships with faculty and instructors. You may find a mentor as you work with them.
- Get involved in career-related activities such as workshops, summer employment, the etiquette dinner, recruiters on campus.
- Start to look for internship sites to use during your junior and senior years.
- Talk to people about your career plans. Counselors, faculty, advisors and employers can provide great feedback.
- Join professional organizations related to your major.
- Work towards leadership positions on campus. Be an RA. Be a club president.
Junior Students - Preperation
- Start to think about your plans after graduation. Grad school? Work?
- Narrow down your career path.
- Update your resume.
- Attend career fairs, meet with on campus recruiters and on campus grad school representatives.
- Start networking with alumnae/i, business people, the College.
- Complete an internship.
- Take graduate or professional school exams.
- Establish a list of references and get their approval to serve as such.
- Be a campus leader.
Senior Students - Implementation
- Begin the job search process as you begin your senior year. Commit yourself to a thorough search.
- Identify the skills and abilities you have developed throughout college. Be ready to share them with employers.
- Finalize your resume.
- Meet with the Director of the Career Development Center to discuss job searching, interviewing or graduate school.
- Participate in job fairs and on campus recruitment.
- Apply for positions of interest and prepare to interview.
- Keep networking!!!
- Consider and review job offers. Send thank you letters to all prospective employers.
- Attend financial literacy workshops to prepare you for being on your own.
*Adapted from Indiana University-Fort Wayne-2007
Job Search Sites
Glassdoor - job search strategies for students and entry level
Velvet Jobs - Must use your wilson.edu to create an account
PA Career Link
USA Jobs Students
The Muse - Find everything you need to succeed from dream jobs to career advice
Graduate School Preparation
Job postings by Major
Career planning that starts your freshman year and continues throughout college will help you to be more confident when the job search process begins. The Wilson College Career Development Center can assist you with choosing a major, creating a resume, finding an internship and your post-graduation job search. Stop by the office and set up your four-year career development plan today or schedule your appointment through handshake.
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Handshake Student + Alumni Support site
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The Career Development Center posts jobs through Handshake to assist students with their job search. However, a posting does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of any employer by the college, or any relationship between the employer and Wilson College. The college makes no express or implied representations, warranties or guarantees about job listings or the accuracy of the information provided by the employer. Wilson College has no control over any links embedded in a job posting and is therefore not responsible for the accuracy, legality or any other aspect of the content of a link(s). The college is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of off-campus employment without limitation.
Whether a student pursues an employment opportunity through Handshake or any other forum, such student is responsible for performing due diligence in researching employers when applying for or accepting employment and for thoroughly researching the facts and reputation of each organization to which they are applying. Students should be prudent and use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position.
For your privacy and protection when applying to a job online, it is advisable that you do not give your social security number to a prospective employer, provide credit card or bank account information, or perform any sort of monetary transaction.
All concerns and issues related to job and/or internship opportunities on Wilson College’s job/internship-posting boards should be addressed promptly via email. Please firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with questions or concerns.