seniors: implement Visit Career Services to review your career file, online portfolio, and have your updated résumé reviewed. Attend the senior meeting in September. Develop an employer prospect list with contact names and addresses of organizations you are interested in pursuing. Send résumés and cover letters.
Have a Plan:
Your Career Development Timeline
The mission of the Office of Career Services is to support students and alumni through the exploration of professional and educational opportunities for a lifetime of intellectual, social, and personal development.
Utilize theZone for information exchange and networking by making your portfolio public for employers or graduate and professional schools to access. Build your professional wardrobe. Register for on-campus interviews and schedule off-campus interviews. Gather information on realistic salary expectations. Draft a cover letter that can be adapted for a variety of employers and have it reviewed. Request a non-verbal assessment and practice interviewing techniques. Start the search and acquisition for financial support for graduate or professional school. Follow up on all applications and keep a record of the status of each. Report acceptance of jobs or graduate school admission to Career Services. Meet with a Career Services counselor to discuss Life After Hendrix: Transitioning to the Real World. Graduate!
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This checklist will help guide your four years at Hendrix. Use it as you explore your life passions while developing a career path.
freshmen: assess Ask yourself questions about your goals and what you want to do with your life. Schedule an appointment with a Career Services counselor to start your career journey. Find your niche: take interest and career inventory tests through our office. Familiarize yourself with theZone, a onestop shop for career services information and networking. Identify at least four skills employers want and plan how you will acquire these skills before graduation (internship, research, summer employment, etc.). Visit and familiarize yourself with both the Career Services Resource Library (SLTC 238) and website (www.hendrix.edu/career). Draft your first “bio,” which will eventually turn into a résumé. Attend career workshops, activities, and events to gather information on potential employers, careers, and graduate schools. Talk to faculty, alumni, advisors, and career counselors about possible majors and careers. Join student organizations that will offer leadership roles for you in the future. Consider volunteering to help build your résumé.
Schedule an appointment with Career Services to ensure your career file is up to date.
Schedule an appointment with a Career Services counselor to review your career file and make sure all information is accurate.
Confirm the accuracy of your personal and academic information on theZone. Attend the Sophomore Meeting in September. Begin the process of turning your “bio” into a basic résumé and have it reviewed by a career counselor. Consider an internship or shadowing experience that relates to your career interests. Start preliminary research into the employer or graduate school you are targeting. Identify organizations and associations in your interest area for informational interviews. Read at least one book on career planning recommended by a Career Services counselor. Explore at least three career options available to you through your major. Start working on cover letter writing skills. Review the progress you have made in learning four or more of the skills employers look for in new hires. Continue to attend career workshops, activities, and events to gather information on potential employers, careers, and graduate schools. Begin to collect recommendations from previous or current employers. Commence narrowing your career interest areas with your academic advisor, professors, mentors, and career counselors.
Attend Junior JumpStart in September. Adjust your résumé to reflect academic and personal growth since your sophomore year. Make decisions about what you want to do post-graduation. Complete an internship in your area of interest. Employers are more apt to hire graduates with experience than those without. Experience interviewing, résumé writing, cover letter development, personal statements, and graduate or professional school essays with a career counselor. Continue to learn and develop the skills employers look for in new hires. Start networking via on-campus career fairs and employer information sessions that relate to your interests. Identify potential graduate or professional schools of interest and cross-compare programs, faculty, financial aid, and graduate outcomes. Research graduate school entrance examinations using materials in the Career Services Resource Library. Plan to take the exam(s) by June 30 between your junior and senior years. Complete at least five informational interviews in careers you want to explore. Continue shadowing professionals in your fields of interest. Work with a career counselor to make the “alumni connection.”