Professional Development Plan

Planning for career success after college involves planning for career success while at college. This professional development plan can serve as a checklist for students to maximize their career readiness during their years at Southern.

Freshman year:  

Introduce yourself to your professors

Meet with a career counselor to create a resume

Visit the Career Services website

Attend the Career Services Lunchtime Lecture Series

Participate in Career Services Week

Learn about different career paths

Network with students, professors and community professionals

Explore departmental clubs and organizations

 

Sophomore year:

Update your resume

Search for internship opportunities

Attend the Career Services Lunchtime Lecture Series

Schedule a mock interview

Research companies you would be interested in working for

Participate in Career Services Week

Maintain your GPA

Develop good relationships with professors and faculty

 

Junior year:

Update your resume

Become a leader in an organization

Secure an internship

Write a cover letter

Schedule a mock interview and resume review

Attend the Career Services Lunchtime Lecture Series

Participate in Career Services Week

Maintain your GPA

Connect with old contacts or your references

Communicate your career goals with faculty and professors

 

Senior year:

Adapt your resume to each job

Purchase interview attire

Research average starting salaries for your major

Attend the Career Services Lunchtime Lecture Series

Participate in Career Services Week

Take graduate school entrance exams

Share your post-graduation plans and goals with faculty and professors

 

If you have questions about your professional development, call Career Services at 423.236.2069.