- Begin self-exploration and assessment of your interests, abilities, skills and values. Career Services has access to two free assessments you can complete on-line anytime. Afterwards, schedule an appointment with Career Services to analyze your results and map our your short term plans and goals.
- Research areas you are interested in learning more about. This can be done with alumni connections, informational interviews, sessions with Career Services or through research on-line and in the library. Check out our tools on the website, including, What Can I Do With A Major In…, America’s Career Infonet and O*Net. Begin to take 100 level courses within your area of interest and take other electives and general education courses that you think you might enjoy.
- Get acquainted with faculty, academic advisors and counselors who can help you with your career plans.
- If you are considering graduate, medical or law school, begin investigating your options and prerequisites as soon as possible. See Graduate School Timelines.
- Officially declare your major by second semester (Registrar’s Office).
- Identify typically work duties, values and lifestyle norms of your career area.
- Begin to investigate possible internships or independent research projects that will help you attain your Morningside goals.
- Look for a summer job, internship, or research experience that is related to your field of study.
- Develop a resume and meet with Career Services to evaluate it.
- Schedule an appointment with Career Services for a mock interview.
- Identify an alumni mentor through Career Services or the Alumni Office to discuss your plans and get advice on setting and meeting your goals.
- Update your resume, develop a cover letter and meet with Career Services for evaluation.
- Confirm an internship or individual research project and get it approved by your academic advisor. Internship opportunities are posted on the College Central Network job site.
- Investigate professional organizations within your area of interest.
- If you are considering graduate school, begin researching immediately, and determine the appropriate time to take any admissions tests (GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, etc.).
- Schedule your senior meeting with Career Services.
- Apply for graduate school within an appropriate time frame.
- Update and refine your resume.
- Begin your job search plans. Identify the career areas you would like to work in, geographic location, target employers and salary requirements, and begin searching for jobs through the College Central Network.
- Attend job fairs, networking events, and on-campus interviews with employers.
- Construct alternate career plans as back up.
- Evaluate job offers and communicate with Career Services about your after graduation plans.
- Communicate with your advisor to ensure you are taking courses in the correct sequence.
- Continue to self assess yourself through volunteer, service learning, extra-curricular activities, employment or job shadowing experiences within your area of interest or chosen career field.
- Consider taking leadership roles in campus or community organizations to hone your communication and presentation skills.
- Meet with Career Services to work on your career development plans.