Senior Year - Put it all Together: Implementation and Transition

Once you have gained experience and learned the necessary tools to find opportunities, you can begin the job search process. Your senior year is a time to reflect on your skills and interests and to successfully convey these to potential employers or graduate programs.

In partnership with the Career and Professional Development Office

  • Meet & strategize with a Career Advisor to develop a job search or grad school plan.
  • Attend relevant Career and Professional Development workshops and programs that assist you with the transition to life after Ursinus.
  • 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 or graduate/professional school interviews.
  • Attend the Job, Internship and Networking Fair in February.
  • Continue to follow the Graduate/Professional School Timeline for applications.
  • Update your UC CareerNet profile and set up job search agents.
  • Check UC CareerNet, Career Shift and other online tools in your job search regularly.
  • Fine tune your resume and tailor both the resume and cover letter to each full-time position for which you apply.
  • Sharpen professional etiquette by participating in related workshops and programs.
  • Take advantage of your Ursinus network by tapping into the Career Ambassador Network and join the Ursinus College LinkedIn Group to connect with individuals, organizations, or alumni who are employed in your fields of interest.
  • After you graduate, keep Career and Professional Development informed about your job search and let us know where you find your first career position.

In partnership with Faculty and the Academic program

  • Consult with your academic advisor and conduct a senior audit to make sure you meet all graduation requirements.
  • Identify and communicate with faculty and other professionals who are willing to serve as references. 
  • Complete your Independent Learning Experience if you have not already satisfied the requirement.
  • Seek opportunities that will promote your academic interests such as independent research, attending professional conferences, or information interviewing.

Personal reflection and Action

  • Continue your involvement and leadership in student organizations, activities, athletics and service.
  • Use your personal network to identify opportunities.  
  • Review and reflect on your social media presence and consider making your Facebook and Twitter profiles private.
  • Join professional organizations relevant to your field of interest.  Consider attending their sponsored regional meetings and networking events.
  • Be positive, patient and persistent- the average job search takes about six months.
  • Send thank-you notes to employers with whom you interview and also to your references.