FOUR YEAR PLAN - SOPHOMORE
Sophomore Year - Career Exploration, Gaining Experience and Leadership Development
Once you know yourself better, you can begin to move forward in the decision-making process. Connect what you learned about yourself to options that are right for you.
In partnership with the Career and Professional Development Office
- Meet with your career advisor to begin developing a career plan.
- Learn how your preferences, interests and personal qualities relate to careers by using FOCUS 2. Review and update your FOCUS 2 Action Plan and make revisions or additions based on your summer events.
- Gather more information about careers by using resources on the Career and Professional Development Web page and talking with alumni in the Career Ambassador program. Conduct informational interviews.
- Prepare your resume for summer job/internship applications. Emphasize new skills developed in the classroom, volunteer work, and student organizations.
- Update your profile on UC CareerNet and upload your revised resume.
- Find job shadowing and mentorship opportunities through the Extern program.
- Search and apply for meaningful summer experiences, including internships.
- Start clarifying and confirming your career choice by gaining career-related work experience.
- Learn about graduate school opportunities.
- Attend relevant Career and Professional Development workshops, programs, and events.
- Check out what recent graduates are doing with their Ursinus degree on the UC Career Webpage (look for Destination survey).
- View our Career Spots Videos to learn about resumes, cover letters, thank you notes and interviewing.
- Attend the Job, Internship and Networking Fair in February.
In partnership with Faculty and the Academic program
- Attend the Major Minor Expo.
- Finalize your choice of major if you have not already done so.
- Get to know faculty within your major. Build relationships with your professors- the better they get to know you, the more they can help and advise you.
- Continue to meet with your academic advisor to make sure you are on track.
- Explore Study Abroad opportunities and plan for an international experience.
- Develop written and verbal communication skills and be able to demonstrate that you can think critically and analyze complex situations.
- Research academic fellowships and scholarships and opportunities for scholarly research
Personal reflection and Action
- Reflect on your summer employment - note significant accomplishments or things you did that you liked and disliked.
- Join a student organization and consider developing your leadership skills by chairing a committee or running for an executive position.
- Join professional organizations relevant to your field of interest. Check out their sponsored regional meetings and networking events.
- Review and reflect on your social media presence and consider making your Facebook and Twitter profiles private.
- Continue documenting your experience and accomplishments in your professional portfolio.
- Reflect on your past while you take action toward your future goals.