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 is a process, and something that will not happen two weeks before graduation. Start exploring as early as your first year, and we are confident that you will be much more prepared to find a career that suits your passions, values, interests, and goals.

1st Year: Explore

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 advisor or career counselor to develop an individual learning plan (ILP) and establish career goals.

Faculty Mentors:  Talk with faculty members about the career paths of former students and other career options.

Career Assessments:  Complete online career assessments on MyPlan to better understand your values and skills. A career advisor can provide you with the license code to create your free account.

Major Assistance:  Research potential majors by talking with your academic advisor at University Advising Services and attending the Carnival of Majors Fair.

 

2nd Year: Envision

Co-op/Internship:  Get experience in the world of work by exploring Co-op/Internship opportunities. Attend a Co-op/Internship workshop at the CDC. For more information about Co-op/Internships please click here .

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

Resume Writing:  Meet with a career advisor to draft or critique your resume. View the Developing an Effective Resume workshop online.

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 (fall and spring) to meet with employers for networking, Co-ops/Internships, part-time and full-time positions.

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

Professional Mentor Program: Contact professionals in your field of study to ask questions and gain information about their career. Available through your OWL CareerLink Account. 

Career Fairs:  Attend the Career Fairs (fall and spring) to meet with employers for networking, Co-ops/Internships, part-time and full-time positions.

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.

 

3rd & 4th Year: Succeed

Develop Leadership Skills:  Connect with L.E.A.D. 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 .

Co-op/Internship:  Get experience in the world of work by exploring Co-op/Internship opportunities. Attend a Co-op/Internship workshop at the CDC. For more information about Co-op/Internships please click here .

Job Search Assistance:  Meet with a career advisor to discuss your job search. View these workshops online: Conducting an Effective Job Search and Negotiating Your Compensation Package .

Mock Interview:  Meet with a career advisor to participate in a Mock Interview in order to improve your interviewing skills. View the How to Best Prepare for an Interview workshop online.

Career Fairs:  Attend the Career Fairs (fall and spring) to meet with employers for networking, Co-ops/Internships, part-time and full-time positions. For a listing of these events, please click here .

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

Mock Interview: Meet with a career advisor to participate in a Mock Interview in order to improve your interviewing skills. Attend an Interview Skills Workshop. 

Career Fairs:  Attend the Career Fairs (fall and spring) to meet with employers for networking, Co-ops/Internships, part-time and full-time positions. For a listing of these events, please click here .

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, please click here .

Attend a Business Etiquette Dining Event:  Dine like a pro and learn tips about networking during a formal business interview. For a listing of this event, please click here .

Attend the Executive Leadership Forum: This event includes a networking luncheon, a panel presentation and small break out sessions with top industry leaders. For a listing of this event, please click here .

Attend Dare to be Prepared: Learn how to successfully transition from a student to a new professional. This event features a “Who’s Hiring Panel,” job search strategies as well as resume critiques with local industry representatives. For a listing of this event, please click here .