Checklist for Success
Below is a list of what career steps you should take throughout college. For help on how you accomplish these steps, make an appointment with your career counselor.
Inquiry and Awareness
- Consider college as preparation for your life.
- Enroll in core courses with assistance from your advisors.
- Make a tentative selection of a major.
- Learn about resources available on campus.
- Participate in campus activities.
- Begin to consider possible career choices.
- Get to know faculty, counselors, and administrators.
- Update and utilize your BullsEye account to access many career development resources.
Summer vacation: Get work experience to develop interpersonal skills, help finance your education, and build responsible work habits. Volunteer if you are unable to work.
Assessment and Exploration
- Complete intro courses in your prospective major.
- Assess your interests, strengths, skills, abilities, and values.
- Learn about the world of work and explore occupations.
- Research occupations: training and skills needed, demand for jobs, alternatives.
- Conduct informational interviews with people in your field of interest.
- Choose an appropriate major.
- Come to Express hours to have your resume critiqued for use in obtaining internships and/or employment.
Summer vacation: Gain exposure to the world of work through employment or volunteer experience. Utilize these experiences to further develop your work-related skills and improve your self-confidence.
Testing Career Decisions
- Evaluate your feelings toward your major/career - see your career counselor.
- Study your major in-depth with courses in your field.
- Join student clubs and student chapters of professional organizations in your chosen field.
- Gain relevant experience through an internship or co-operative educational experience.
- Create and maintain a LinkedIn profile as you would a resume.
- Be sure to have an updated resume posted in BullsEye.
- Continue to get to know faculty, counselors, and administrators - they may serve as references later on.
- Take electives in other areas to enhance your qualifications.
- Begin to investigate the role of graduate and professional school in your chosen career field, and plan your application timeline.
Summer vacation: Secure employment or an internship related to your career goals. Use this experience to evaluate your career decision.
Job Search/Graduate School Applications
- Complete the course requirements in your major.
- Plan your job search.
- Apply to graduate/professional schools if this is part of your current career development plan.
- Attend Career Services Life & Learning Workshops to brush up on job search skills, including resumes, cover letters, interviews, and job search strategies.
- Conduct a thorough job search campaign.
- Take advantage of On-Campus Interviewing and attend Employer Information Sessions on campus.
- Discuss opportunities with faculty and counselors.
- Choose the faculty, administrators, and/or employers you want to act as references.
- Develop a timetable for your career development after graduation.
Remember that Career Services provides lifetime career assistance to UB alumni through job fairs, workshops and online resources. Office career counseling and Express appointments are reserved for current students and alumni that have graduated within the past 12 months. For a complete list of alumni services please visit the alumni section of the Career Services website.