From College to Career: Your Four Year Goals
As with any other life journey, the career development journey has a beginning, middle and an end. What happens at the beginning of that journey oftentimes affects the rest of the experience. As you begin your career search, it is important that you take along one of your most vital tools – your road map. The following checklists aim to provide you with such a map.
- Freshman Year: Awareness
Career planning need not be a chaotic experience. Discovering the “perfect job” doesn’t have to happen by accident. The first step in focusing on your career direction is to assess your own personal career compass – namely your skills, interests, values, and personality. Gathering this information is critical to your decision making process. Remember, as you grow and develop during this period of learning, your interests may change. Follow the First Year Checklist to get you on your way.
- Sophomore Year: Exploration
Career research is as important to career decision making as is self-assessment. The average individual spends thousands of hours of their lives at their chosen profession. Being satisfied at work involves ensuring a good fit between all the information you have uncovered about yourself from your self-assessment and your area of interest or chosen field. Follow the Sophomore Year Checklist to stay on track.
- Junior Year: Experience
Put your awareness and research to work through an internship or other career related experience. Most jobs require prior relevant experience and now is the time to get it. Internships are a great way to explore a career, acquire new skills, and build your network. Follow the Junior Year Checklist to keep moving forward.
- Senior Year: Transition
Building your network and developing your job search skills and strategy are key factors in the career development process. Use the connections you have made through your experiences to help you complete the journey from college to career. Follow the Senior Year Checklist to help you reach your career goals.
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*Some of these majors may not be offered at Hofstra University. Please seek additional advisement from The Career Center or University Advisement for further information.
The Career Exploration Group
Are you unsure about how to choose your major? Are you confused about how to find careers that would be a good fit for you? These are big decisions! If you need assistance getting started, there is help available. Join the Career Exploration Group at The Career Center and get the help you need to take the first steps towards your career development.
The Career Exploration Group is designed for Freshman and Sophomore students interested in beginning the self-assessment process, the initial first step towards career development. This is an interactive program where you will learn about your skills, values, personality, interests and more! The goal of the group is to assist you through the process of choosing a major with career goals and you in mind.
To join the group you must be able to commit to 8 weeks of sessions held on Friday afternoons from 1 – 3 p.m. at The Career Center. If you would like to know more, contact The Career Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-463-6060. Space is very limited and spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis so don't wait! It is never too early to start planning for your career!