iExcel - Senior Year

This is a transition year so stay flexible and positive!  Now is the time to integrate the experiences, knowledge and self-discovery of the past three years into a job or graduate school search. The time has come to make the transition to life after college. Targeting opportunities and preparing for the application process early in the year will help you launch your career.

No matter what your plans are,  meet with a career counselor to create a job search or other transition plan.

Opportunities for Self- Exploration

  • Schedule an appointment to meet with a Career Counselor. We can discuss opportunities for self-exploration and how to gather information about different careers.
  • Conduct Informational Interviews- An informational interview is an opportunity for you to collect information from a working professional about a particular organization, industry, career field, or position. Use the UST LinkedIn ASK group to connect with alumni.
  • Use our Online Career Exploration Resources to research and gather information.

Employment preparation and Job Search

  • Update your resume and meet with a career counselor to establish your individual plan for conducting an effective job search.
  • Update your Tommie Careers profile. This will allow us to send you the information you need about job opportunities and events.
  • Take advantage of any opportunity you have to network with people in person. Join associations, attend alumni and networking events, and schedule in-person meetings. You may have to initiate the connection by phone, email, or using social media. Develop and improve your LinkedIn profile and network.
  • Attend Career Center workshops and employer information sessions.
  • Consider developing a career portfolio to market and support your resume and interview effectiveness.
  • Purchase professional attire for interviews. See a career counselor or check out our resources and Pinterest Boards for ideas or for suggestions on interview attire.
  • Schedule mock interviews during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Compile a list of networking contacts, including faculty, previous supervisors, and peers.
  • Identify possible references and ask them to serve in that role.
  • Seek assistance and guidance from Career Counselors as job offers are received. Discuss all offers; learn about negotiating salary and benefits. Attend the Negotiating Job Offers workshop.

Graduate school preparation

  • Update your resume and meet with a career counselor to establish your individual plan for conducting an effective graduate school search.
  • Obtain letters of recommendation.
  • Take graduate/professional school admissions tests, if you haven’t already.
  • Send in completed applications.
  • Check with all institutions before the deadline to make sure your file is complete.
  • Visit institutions that accept you.

 Implement a total professional make-over

  • Clean up your social networking profiles.
  • Change your cell phone greeting and email address to be professional sounding.
  • Even your conversational language needs to transition from college lingo and slang to a more professional vocabulary.
  • Establish a professional presence online, including setting up profiles on sites such as LinkedIn.
  • Join groups related to career and academic interests.

Formulate an alternate "Plan B" in case you need to make last minute career adjustments.