Junior Year  - Goal Setting, Gaining Experience and Grad School Planning

Once you make decisions about the direction you would like to take with your career path, you can begin to gain knowledge and experience. 

In partnership with the Career and Professional Development Office

  • Discuss your career plans with a career advisor to make sure you are on the right track.  You may wish to re-assess your interests, values, and skills.
  • Decide if graduate or professional school is the next step to reaching your career goals.  Meet with a Career Advisor and with faculty in your field to explore options for graduate and professional study.
  • Attend relevant Career and Professional Development workshops and programs.
  • Find job shadowing and mentorship opportunities through the Extern program.
  • Update your resume. Emphasize new skills developed in the classroom, volunteer work, and student organizations.
  • Update your profile on UC CareerNet  and upload your revised resume.
  • Gather more information about careers by using resources on the Career and Professional Development Webpage.
  • Continue researching your field by talking to alumni professionals in the Ursinus Career Ambassador Network and the Ursinus College LinkedIn Group.
  • Learn about job search strategies for your field of interest and formulate plans for career activities during your senior year.
  • Purchase a business professional suit and shoes so that you can dress appropriately for recruitment events.
  • Complete at least one internship to gain experience, build your resume, and gain a competitive edge.
  • Participate in “Practice with the Pro’s” - a mock interview program to build interview skills and confidence.
  • Use Big Interview software to prepare for full-time job, internship  or graduate/professional school interviews.
  • Attend the Job, Internship and Networking Fair in February.
  • Expand your use of LinkedIn to build your network, contribute to discussions in fields of interest and become active in groups to enhance your reach.

In partnership with Faculty and the Academic program

  • Seek opportunities that will promote your academic interests such as independent research, attending professional conferences, information interviewing, or participating in community service.
  • Select elective courses that will round out your academic experience and develop different skill sets.
  • Prepare for grad school entrance exams (GRE, MCAT, LSAT, GMAT,etc).
  • Continue to meet with your academic advisor to assess progress on your career plan.

Personal reflection and Action

  • Join professional organizations relevant to your field of interest.  Consider attending their sponsored regional meetings and networking events.
  • Conduct research to determine the types of entry-level positions for which you might qualify.
  • If you haven’t already done so, take on a leadership position within a student organization.
  • Review and reflect on your social media presence and consider making your Facebook and Twitter profiles private.
  • Continue to document your experiences and what you are achieving in your professional portfolio.
  • Explore the world and study abroad.