Once you have determined who you are, what you can do, and where you see yourself - it’s time to act! Here are some ways to test out your short- and long-term career plans:
- Attend Career Center Events to develop professional skills, build networks and do homework about potential career fields matching your interests and abilities
- Identify key electives to develop additional skills and understand how to effectively communicate them to employers
- Explore Service Learning Opportunities at the Community Service Learning Center
- Examine Study Abroad options and determine the best time to participate
- Engage in Undergraduate Research by exploring an area of interest, or getting involved in a faculty research project.
- Sign up for US 301: Internship & Job Search Strategies
- Participate in Student Organizations that allow you to test out your interests, abilities, and skills
- Complete an Internship
Use Your Summer Wisely
Using the summer months to progress your academic and career goals is a great use of time. Here are a few ideas on some effective ways to utilize your summer if you're not quite ready for an internship or semester abroad.
- Find summer employment within your field of interest. It doesn't have to be directly related, but even something that provides you with exposure to a certain industry is a great starting place (ie: thinking about engineering, try getting a job on an assembly line...Thinking about going into natural resources, look at parks and recreation seasonal jobs)
- Consider taking summer classes- here at GVSU or at your hometown community college
- Volunteer- this is a great way to test out industries and professions; meet new people and develop professional contacts; and add to your resume
- Conduct Job Shadows/Informational Interviews- these are great ways to hear first hand from professionals about what a day in the life looks like. It's also an easy way to start making professional contacts in your fields of interest.