First-Year Career Planning Checklist

1) Sign up for Career-specific Announcements

Time Commitment: 5 Minutes

Log on to WildcatLink, Davidson's job and internship recruiting system, to sign up for career-field specific e-mail announcements. Once you login go to your Profile and select the Academic tab to choose these preferences.

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2) Investigate Your Major and Career Directions

Time Commitment: 3-5 Hours

Start by taking the career assessments on our online tool, CareerBeam, which can help you discover majors and careers that might best fit you. Even if you know your path, a career assessment can help confirm your decision. Speak with a Career Development career advisor about your assessment results and about designing a career plan for your time at Davidson. Meet with faculty in majors of interest to you.

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3) Create an Effective Résumé

Time Commitment: 5-7 Hours

Build a strong résumé by getting involved - participate in a student organization, or start your own group. You will need a college resume for any internship or job, so stop by the Career Development daily walk-in hours so a career advisor can help you perfect it.

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4) Consider Securing a Summer Internship

Time Commitment: 20-40 Hours

Internship experiences are the best way to learn about possible career paths (and they look great on your resume). You will want to complete a summer internship before you graduate from Davidson, although it is highly recommended that you complete two summer internships to be competitive for full-time jobs. Opportunities are posted throughout the year on WildcatLink, the Liberal Arts Career Network and Nationwide Internships Consortium (both located on your WildcatLink homepage), and other databases like Idealist.org and internships.com. Professional connections will also play an important role in helping you to secure an internship. Set up a meeting with a career advisor who will help lead you through your search for an internship.

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5) Join LinkedIn and Make Connections

Time Commitment: 4-8 Hours

Begin to build a strong professional network that will last during your time at Davidson and beyond. Over 8,000 students and alumni use LinkedIn, and it is the primary tool for building your online, professional brand. Connect with students, alumni and other professionals who can help you better understand career paths and develop leads on internships and other experiences.

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6) Consider a Job Shadowing Experience

Time Commitment: 8-12 Hours

Consider shadowing a Davidson alum or parent for one-day over winter break as they go about their day's work. This is a great way to meet a number of professionals and learn about a field of interest. Job Shadowing opportunities will be posted in WildcatLink.

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