Junior Year Career Planning Checklist

1) Tell Us Your Career-specific Interests

Time Commitment: 5 Minutes

Log on to WildcatLink, Davidson's job and internship recruiting system, to designate the industries you'd like to hear from us about. Go to your Profile and edit your Job Interests.

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  • Designate your job interests in WildcatLink powered by Handshake

2) Investigate your Career Direction

Time Commitment: 2-3 Hours

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 advisor. 

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

Time Commitment: 20-40 Hours

Employers will want to see internship experience on your resume, and this summer is an important time to intern in a field that interests you. Research your options early to make sure you have plenty of time to apply. You will want to complete an internship during the summer between your junior and senior year to increase your competitiveness for full-time jobs. Opportunities are posted throughout the year on WildcatLink, the Liberal Arts Career Network and Nationwide Internships Consortium (both available through your WildcatLink homepage), and other databases like Idealist.org and internships.com. Set up a meeting with a career adviser who will help lead you through your search for an internship. Appointments can be held over the phone or Skype if you happen to be studying abroad.

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5) Use LinkedIn and Make Connections

Time Commitment: 4-8 Hours

Continue 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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7) Graduate and Professional School Options

Time Commitment: 10-15 Hours

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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