Career Planning Timeline


"How to Conduct an Effective Job Search"

 

It's never too early to start planning for your future. Success in your chosen career often depends upon advance planning and preparation.

Suggested Timeline

Follow these suggested career activities during each year of your academic life.

First Year Experience

  • Connect with the Career Center and set-up your CometCareers account.
  • Explore your interests, abilities, and skills through various academic courses.
  • Chat with your Career Consultant to explore academic majors and future career options.
  • Get involved! Join UT Dallas clubs, sororities/fraternities, student government, play intramural sports, or volunteer in the community.
  • Develop your transferrable skills through part-time and summer work opportunities.
  • Strengthen your communication skills and build rapport with your professors and professional mentors.
  • Build your confidence while participating in Career Center Employer Connections programs.
  • Thinking about medical school, pre-health professions, or law school? Connect with the Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center (PLARC) or Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC) advisors.
  • Learn about your future career options and gather information by interviewing working professionals.
  • Keep it clean! Drug tests, credit history, discipline hearings, and criminal records.
  • Start polishing your professional profile – in person, on your resume, and in social media.
  • Enroll in a career-decision making class for next year – "Careers in…"

Second Year Experience

  • Develop your teamwork and leadership skills by participating in campus events or serving as an officer of your student organization.
  • Changing your major? Meet with your Career Consultant to explore majors and your V.I.P.S. (values, interests, personality, and strengths).
  • Attend seminars on resume writing, interviewing, and job search strategies to prepare for your internship search.
  • Attend the Career Expos and other Employer Connections programs. These are great opportunities to make contacts for future internships.
  • Update your resume and add new jobs, activities and awards, etc. and upload into CometCareers.
  • Search for part-time, internships, full-time and/or summer jobs in CometCareers.
  • Polish your interviewing skills with a Mock Interview with your Career Consultant.
  • Build your professional network in person and online via LinkedIn.com by connecting with UT Dallas alumni.
  • Learn about your future career options and gather information by interviewing working professionals.
  • Strengthen your connection with the Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center (PLARC) and Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC) advisors.
  • Keep it clean! Drug tests, credit history, discipline hearings, and criminal records.
  • Broaden your horizons! Consider the UT Dallas Education Abroad Program and the Explore the WOW job shadowing program.

Third Year Experience

  • Develop your teamwork and leadership skills by participating in campus events or serving as an officer of your student organization.
  • Update your resume and/or portfolio; be sure to add new jobs, projects, activities and awards, etc. and upload into CometCareers.
  • Update your LinkedIn.com profile and expand your professional network with UT Dallas professors, classmates, advisors and staff.
  • Get ready for the professional workforce by attending Career Center seminars, in-person and online.
  • Prepare for professional interviews by scheduling a Mock Interview with your Career Consultant.
  • Check out your closet and update your professional work attire. You will need interview attire and daily work attire. Speak with your Career Consultant if you have questions about what may be appropriate for your industry.
  • Identify companies and organizations that offer opportunities for internships or summer jobs.
  • Learn about your future career options and gather information by interviewing working professionals.
  • Attend UT Dallas Career Expos to explore companies, industries and future opportunities.
  • Monitor updated internship listings on a regular basis on CometCareers and other specific websites relating to your job search focus.
  • Apply for Internship On-Campus Interviews (OCI) through CometCareers and follow-up on your submissions.
  • Explore your graduate school possibilities and learn about the application process and required admission exams.
  • Connect with career development programs, such as the Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center (PLARC) and Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC) advisors.
  • Keep it clean! Drug tests, credit history, discipline hearings, and criminal records. Run a background check on yourself; now is the time to address any potential issues or barriers to employment. Contact your Career Consultant if you determine you may need assistance.
  • Prepare a personal portfolio (print or electronic) with examples of work-related skills – writing, art work, designs, communication pieces, report presentations, programming, etc. Not all majors will have the same work samples; choose the ones that best fit your career path.
  • Review your social networking sites and/or personal web pages for appropriate, professional content.
  • Ensure your voice mail greeting and email address are professional and easy to understand.

Fourth/Final Year Experience

  • Update your resume and/or portfolio; be sure to add new jobs, projects, activities and awards, etc. and upload into CometCareers.
  • Monitor updated job listings on a regular basis on CometCareers and other specific websites relating to your job search focus.
  • Review and expand your list of prospective employers. Learn about their recruitment practices by asking your Career Consultant, professors, advisors, mentors, and the company.
  • Attend UT Dallas Career Expos and other regional job fairs.
  • Apply for On-Campus Interviews (OCI) through CometCareers and follow-up on your submissions.
  • Attend Career Center seminars to polish your workforce readiness skills.
  • Prepare for professional interviews by scheduling a Mock Interview with your Career Consultant.
  • Check out your closet and update your professional work attire. You will need interview attire and daily work attire. Speak with your Career Consultant if you have questions about what may be appropriate for your industry.
  • Contact former employers and former internship supervisors to request references.
  • Ensure your voice mail greeting and email address are professional and easy to understand.
  • Review social networking sites and/or personal web pages for appropriate, professional content.
  • Update your personal portfolio (print or electronic) with examples of work-related skills – writing, art work, designs, communication pieces, report presentations, programming, etc. Not all majors will have the same work samples; choose the ones that best fit your career path.
  • Connect with career development programs, such as the Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center (PLARC) and Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC) advisors.
  • Join professional organizations in your career field of choice and attend career specific workshops. Your professors, mentors, and previous supervisors are knowledgeable resources regarding which professional organizations you should consider joining.
  • Keep it clean! Drug tests, credit history, discipline hearings, and criminal records. Run a background check on yourself; now is the time to address any potential issues or barriers to employment. Contact your Career Consultant if you determine you may need assistance.
  • Connect with your networking contacts and mentors; and update them on your job search efforts.
  • Evaluate your job offers to make the best decision for yourself and your professional future.
  • Report job offers and job acceptance to the Career Center by completing the online Graduate Survey.

Transfer Students

  • Activate your CometCareers account and upload your resume. CometCareers is the UT Dallas Career Center online database listing – part-time (on and off-campus) job postings, internship postings, full-time job postings, on-campus interview (OCI) schedules, career expos, employer information sessions and events, and career readiness seminars.
  • Meet with your Academic Advisor to gain a full understanding of your academic program requirements.
  • Get to know UT Dallas by participating in campus events and joining student organizations.
  • Changing your major? Meet with your Career Consultant to explore majors and your V.I.P.S. (values, interests, personality, and strengths).
  • Attend seminars on resume writing, interviewing, and job search strategies to prepare for your internship search.
  • Update your resume with your new UT Dallas information. If you need assistance, stop by the Career Center during Drop-by Resume Critique hours.
  • Attend the Career Expos and other Employer Connections programs. These are great opportunities to make contacts for future internships and employment.
  • Expand your professional network in person and online via LinkedIn.com by connecting with UT Dallas alumni.
  • Polish your interviewing skills with a Mock Interview with your Career Consultant.
  • Learn about your future career options and gather information by interviewing working professionals.
  • Connect with career development programs, such as the Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center (PLARC) and Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC) advisors.
  • Check out your closet and update your professional work attire. You will need interview attire and daily work attire. Speak with your Career Consultant if you have questions about what may be appropriate for your industry.
  • Contact former employers and former internship supervisors to request references.
  • Keep it clean! Drug tests, credit history, discipline hearings, and criminal records. Run a background check on yourself; now is the time to address any potential issues or barriers to employment. Contact your Career Consultant if you determine you may need assistance.
  • Ensure your voice mail greeting and email address are professional and easy to understand.
  • Review social networking sites and/or personal web pages for appropriate, professional content.
  • Update your personal portfolio (print or electronic) with examples of work-related skills – writing, art work, designs, communication pieces, report presentations, programming, etc. Not all majors will have the same work samples; choose the ones that best fit your career path.
  • Join professional organizations in your career field of choice and attend career specific workshops. Your professors, mentors, and previous supervisors are knowledgeable resources regarding which professional organizations you should consider joining.
  • Broaden your horizons! Consider the UT Dallas Education Abroad Program and the Explore the WOW job shadowing program.