Students

Your career readiness and management is an ongoing process and it doesn’t stop after you leave Norwich.  It is important to keep developing your skills, expanding your networks and broadening your experience. This will lead to a happy, healthy and fulfilling career!

The Career and Internship Center has put together a four-year plan for students to start the career readiness process. Keep in mind that every student is at a different point in their career readiness process. This plan will help you to think about some of the things you will need to know before graduation. Be sure to visit the CIC to help you develop your career education and plan!

Four-Year Plan

Freshman

  • Concentrate on your studies. Begin with a strong foundation. GPAs above 3.0 are looked at favorably by employers.
  • Figure out what motivates you. What are you good at? What do you love? What kind of personality do you have? You can learn more about yourself by taking these self-assessments and going through them with a counselor.
  • Start planning your internship.
  • Explore different career paths and talk to people in those fields! Use your breaks to gain experience (job shadow/volunteering) and knowledge in your field through informational interviewing! Visit the Career and Internship Center to clarify and develop a plan.
  • Engage in campus activities that interest you. Rather than joining ten clubs, join one or two and be very active!
  • Create a resume/cover letter by the end of your second semester.
  • Start networking by attending job fairs and information sessions on campus. Engage in networking events on and off campus.

Sophomore

  • Evaluate your career readiness plan to ensure you are on track by working with a counselor in the Career and Internship Center.
  • Continue to engage in campus activities, volunteer opportunities and study abroad experiences. Consider leadership roles for junior and senior years.
  • Attend alumni networking events on campus and in your town. Begin developing relationships with alumni where you live through the alumni club events.
  • Network at job fairs and info sessions on campus. Meet alumni in your field through detailed searches on LinkedIn or at other in-person events.
  • Begin exploring your career by obtaining an internship. You can visit the Career and Internship Center and talk to Jim Graves our internship coordinator! Start this process in the early fall of your sophomore year!
  • Work with a counselor to update your resume and cover letter with new experiences.
  • If you are going to pursue an internship, you can start practicing your interviewing skills by checking out Big Interview.

Junior

  • Evaluate career readiness plan to ensure you are on track by working with a counselor.
  • Develop a plan for your internship or summer job in your field. Start applying for summer internships in Jan/Feb.
  • If you are planning to attend Grad School Begin preparing for exams. (Fall) Many schools require the GRE exam. Business schools may require the GMAT®. Be sure to look at schools that fit what you are looking for and know what their requirements are.
  • Attend job fairs on campus. Engage in networking events on campus and in your town.
  • Continue to update your resume and cover letter with a counselor.
  • Take a leadership role on campus.
  • If you are going to pursue an internship make sure you practice your interview skills.
  • Create a winning elevator pitch for networking and for your LinkedIn summary.

Senior

  • Fine-tune career readiness plan to ensure you are on track by working with a counselor.
  • Research jobs online, by looking up job descriptions, signing up for job alerts on websites such as NU JobLink, LinkedIn, Indeed, etc.
  • If you are planning to attend Grad School Begin preparing for exams. (Fall) Many schools require the GRE exam. Business schools may require the GMAT®. Look at schools that fit what you are looking for.
  • If you are going to pursue an internship make sure you practice your interview skills.
  • Update your resume/cover letter for each position. Be sure to bridge the gap with the skills you have and the skills they want!
  • Be prepared for the salary question! Know how to negotiate to get what you are worth!

 

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Purposely helps students learn what they need to know to move from college student to career professional. This online platform will walk you through career topics such as; Online Presence, Personal Brand, Networking, and Employer Expectations, Interviewing, resume writing and SO MUCH MORE! There is even more in-depth information and resources about each topic on our website!

Get Career Ready!!! Please contact us at careers@norwich.edu or by phone at 802-485-2125.

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