4-Year Career Plan

Explore Your Career, At Every Year!

Life is a journey and planning your career is a major part of it. There are certain steps that you, as an FAU student, should take to help you explore various career options. Just like a final exam, your job/internship search, or major selection is not something you should “cram” for at the last minute. It takes time, reflection, and different experiences that will help you define what you’d like to do. Remember, deciding on a career, and preparing for it is a process, and something that will not happen two weeks before graduation. You must start exploring as early as your first semester, and we are confident that you will be much more prepared for a career that suits your passions, values, interests, and goals.

Complete Major KnOWLedge: Connect your interests to FAU majors and potential career options. To access Major KnOWLedge, please click here.

Conduct An Informational Interview with a Professional Mentor: Contact professionals in your interested field of study to ask questions and gain information about their career. Complete your profile within OWL CareerLink to view a listing of professional mentors. Please view our Informational Interview Guide for more information on how to prepare and what questions to ask.

Career Counseling: Meet with a career consultant and counselor to develop a Career Action Plan (CAP) and establish career goals.

Faculty Mentors: Talk with faculty members about the career paths of former students and other career options. For more information, please visit The Mentoring Project.

Career Readiness: Meet with a career counselor to create your professional resume and conduct a mock interview.

Learn About Your Major: Research potential majors and their career options by using “What Can I Do With This Major?”

Career Fairs: Attend the Career Fairs & Career Expos (fall and spring) to meet with employers for networking, internship, part-time and full-time positions.

Co-op/Internship: Get experience in the world of work by exploring Co-op/Internship opportunities. Attend a Co-op/Internship workshop at the Career Center.

Career Exploration: Continue to learn more about careers that interest you by using services like What Can I Do With This Major DatabaseOccupational Outlook Handbook or O*Net. These resources can introduce you to a world of options you can explore on your own.

Career Certificate Program: Complete the Career Certification Program. This program assists students in becoming career ready and to be more successful in the job and internship market. For more information, please click here.

The OWL Professional Clothes Closet: Pick up (free) professional clothes at the Owl Professional Clothes Closet. Please click here to learn more about this program.

Professional Mentor Program: Continue to build your network by contacting professionals in your career field of interest to ask questions and gain insight. This program is available through your OWL CareerLink account.

Career Fairs:Attend the Career Fairs & Career Expos (fall and spring) to meet with employers for networking, internship, part-time and full-time positions. Please visit the Career Fair pre web page.

Career Guidance: Talk with faculty about the career paths of former students and other career options.

Co-op/Internship/Professional Internship Course: Get experience in the world of work by exploring Co-op/Internship opportunities. Meet 1:1 with an Internship Specialist.Earn internship credit. Learn about the Professional Internship course.

Get Involved: Become involved in a student organization that relates to your interests and career goals. For a listing of student organizations, please click here. Investigate potential leadership opportunities in organizations of which you are a member.

Develop Leadership Skills: Connect with Lead and Service-Learning to investigate leadership opportunities that will refine individual and group leadership skills. These programs include Certified Student Leader Program, Student Leadership Conference, and Elite Owls.

Soft Skill Development: Learn about the top career readiness skills. Meet with a career counselor to assess your soft skills and learn about ways to further develop them.

Co-op/Internship/Professional Internship Course: Get experience in the world of work by exploring Co-op/Internship opportunities. Meet 1:1 with an Internship Specialist. Earn internship credit. Learn about the Professional Internship course

The OWL Professional Clothes Closet: Pick up (free) professional clothes at the Owl Professional Clothes Closet. Please click here to learn more about this program.

Job Search Assistance: Meet with a career counselor to discuss your job search. View these Career Advice on Demand videos: 7 Tips for Researching Companies, Build Your Network, Why Be LinkedIn, Negotiating an Offer, and Starting the Job Search.

Mock Interview: Meet with a career consultant to participate in a Mock Interviewin order to improve your interviewing skills. View the Mock Interview video on demand. Visit the Mock Interview web page for more information

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Career Fairs: Attend the Career Fairs & Career Expos (fall and spring) to meet with employers for networking, internship, part-time and full-time positions. Please visit the Career Fair pre web page.

On-Campus Interviewing: Apply to interview with select employers on campus via Owl CareerLink.

Graduate/Professional School: Explore potential graduate and professional school opportunities by attending the Graduate School Fair (fall). Attend the Applying to Graduate School workshop and take applicable entrance examinations. For a listing of these events, visit Owl CareerLink.

 

 Last Modified 10/20/17