Junior Year Career Planning Checklist

1) Tell Us Your Career-specific Interests

Log on to Handshake, Davidson's job and internship recruiting system, to designate the industries you'd like to hear from us about. Click on the left menu item, "Your Career Interests."

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2) Investigate your Career Direction

Start by taking career assessments through the Center for Career Development, which can help you discover careers that could best fit your interests, values, abilities and personality. Even if you know your path, a career assessment can help confirm your decision. 

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  • Take career assessments through the Center for Career Development.  Call 704-894-2132 to schedule a meeting with a career adviser. 

3) Update and Strengthen Your Résumé

Time Commitment: 5-7 Hours

A strong résumé is key to demonstrating your unique skills and work experience to employers. Pursue leadership roles and secure internship experiences to make your résumé stand out. Stop by walk-in hours or make an appointment to review your résumé with a Career Development career adviser. We can work with you over the phone, Skype or email if you happen to be studying abroad.

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4) Secure a Summer Internship

Internship experiences are the best way to learn about possible career paths and are a vital component of your early career resume. You will want to have completed at least one internship before you graduate from Davidson, although it is highly recommended that you complete two summer internships to be competitive for the most in-demand post-graduate careers. Opportunities are posted throughout the year on Handshake, so make sure you have updated your profile and selected your areas of career interest on the platform so you will receive updates on internship opportunities. Professional connections will also play an important role in helping you secure an internship. Set up a meeting with a career adviser who will help lead you through your search for an internship.

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5) Use LinkedIn and Make Connections

Begin to build a strong professional network that will last during your time at Davidson and beyond. Millions of professionals globally connect on LinkedIn, including more than 13,000 Davidson students and alumni, 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

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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7) Graduate and Professional School Options

Between 17 to 20 percent of students enroll in graduate school directly following their Davidson education, but many more apply and are accepted to graduate programs after working for one or more years. Conduct online research on graduate programs and speak with faculty, Davidson alumni and Career Development career advisers about specific plans.

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