Self Help-Checklist

College Academic / Career Checklist

Exploring - 1st year
Academic - Explore the University

  • Read the undergraduate catalog
  • See an academic advisor
  • Meet many professors
  • Identify major fears about college life
  • Take core curriculum and at least one exploratory class per semester
  • Attend workshops on study skills, time management, note-taking, etc.

Career - Explore Career Areas

  • Talk with advisors and professors about career options
  • Identify past accomplishments, skills & abilities, career related hobbies, and career values
  • Talk with a career counselor
  • Take an interest inventory
  • Take a personality inventory
  • Enroll in a career class
  • Join professional associations
  • Travel during summer
  • Nurture hobbies
  • Investigate Cooperative Education, internships, or other career-related employment

Defining - 2nd year
Academic - Gain Specific Information

  • Seek academic advice
  • Focus on obtaining a high GPR
  • Choose a major
  • Develop a tentative degree plan
  • Talk with others in your major
  • Consider study abroad or co-operative education
  • Talk to an ATMentor

Career - Collect More Information

  • Read about careers
  • Talk with professionals
  • Develop short-term goals
  • Look for summer internships
  • Ask to observe the work life of a professional
  • Talk with a career counselor
  • Attend career workshops
  • Work on a residence hall or club project
  • Volunteer on student committees
  • Join professional associations
  • Talk to an ATMentor

Researching - 3rd year
Academic - Make Initial Choices

  • Choose electives
  • Focus on major courses
  • Relate academics to future work plans
  • Attend seminars on your major
  • Attend relevant conferences
  • Develop an academic mentoring relationship
  • Complete a degree check

Career - Increase Experience

  • Find internships
  • Make tentative decisions about a career
  • Attend a resume workshop / write resume
  • Attend grad school seminars
  • Develop general awareness of career options
  • Become familiar with work settings and job descriptions
  • Talk with a career counselor
  • Discuss some of your decisions with a mentor
  • Evaluate your major - reassess how marketable it is and investigate areas of specialization
  • Set up informational interviews with professionals working in your field
  • Secure career-related employment
  • Volunteer

Implementing - 4th year
Academic - Long-Term Decisions

  • Apply to graduate school
  • Complete senior project
  • Develop an independent study
  • Work on a project with a professor
  • Become a tutor/TA
  • Consider life-long learning interests
  • Attend relevant conferences

Career - First Career Choice

  • Attend workshops on job search, interviewing, recruiting, mock interviews, applying to grad school, and stress management
  • Establish life goals
  • Develop contact list
  • Attend grad school seminars
  • Check job listings
  • Interview for jobs
  • Prepare yourself for your chosen lifestyle
  • Talk about your first year out of school
  • Make a list of your firm decisions