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 stage of your academic life.

Freshman Year Experience

  • Set up a Career Center CometCareers account and post a resume.
  • Explore interests, abilities, and skills through academic courses.
  • Participate in workshops for career decision making.
  • Take hardcopy career assessments or use online career planning software (ex. Going Global, Choices Planner).
  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Center Counselor to explore majors and career titles.
  • Explore part-time and summer work opportunities.
  • Attend career seminars. "How To Write A Professional Resume" and "How To Interview" are just two of the many seminars offered. See the events page for a list of upcoming seminars.
  • Join UT Dallas clubs, sororities/fraternities, play intramural sports, or become involved by taking on a student government leadership role.
  • Build rapport with professors.
  • Talk to people in careers of particular interest; inquire about daily activity.
  • Determine ability to pass a drug test.
  • Purchase professional business attire for future career events and/or interviews.

Sophomore Year Experience

  • Research choices of majors and/or careers identified previously as a freshman.
  • Seek internships related to academic major.
  • Attend a variety of career seminars on resume writing, interviewing, and job search strategies.
  • Search for part-time, full-time and/or summer jobs in the CometCareers system.
  • Join student organizations and activities.
  • Begin to build a professional network by collecting business cards and doing projects for professors.
  • Search out volunteer activities through the church, local communities, or non-profit organizations that will help to build transferable skills.
  • Update resume and add new jobs, activities and awards, etc.
  • Attend UT Dallas Career Expos and on-campus workshops, presentations, and speakers on a variety of current events, topics or areas of interests.
  • Conduct informational interviews and keep a log of contacts.
  • Connect with career development programs, such as the Pre-Health and /or Pre-Law programs.
  • Ensure voice mail greeting and email address are professional.
  • Determine ability to pass a drug test, criminal background check or credit history report.
  • Consider and investigate the UT Dallas study abroad program.
  • Review social networking sites and/or personal web pages for appropriate, professional content.

Junior Year Experience

  • Update resume; be sure to add new jobs, activities and awards, etc.
  • Continue to attend seminars and view videos for new trends and techniques to improve job search skills.
  • Participate in mock interviews in preparation for professional interviews.
  • Utilize printed and online resources for job search and networking.
  • Identify employers that offer opportunities for internships or summer jobs.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in careers of interest.
  • Expand professional network resources with UT Dallas professors, advisors and staff.
  • Attend UT Dallas Career Expos to explore companies, industries and career opportunities.
  • Explore graduate school possibilities.
  • Connect with career development programs, such as the Pre-Health and /or Pre-Law programs.
  • Determine ability to pass a drug test, criminal background check or credit history report.
  • Prepare a personal portfolio with examples of writings or projects.
  • Review social networking sites and/or personal web pages for appropriate, professional content.
  • Ensure voice mail greeting and email address are professional.

Senior Year Experience

  • Create targeted versions of your resume if necessary.
  • Monitor updated job listings on a regular basis on CometCareers and other specific websites relating to job search focus.
  • Review and expand list of prospective employers.
  • Attend Career Center seminars.
  • Connect with career development programs, such as the Pre-Health and /or Pre-Law programs.
  • Participate in mock interviews.
  • Prepare and/or review resume, interview skills and professional business attire.
  • Contact former employers and former internship supervisors to request references.
  • Determine ability to pass a drug test, criminal background check or credit history report.
  • Ensure voice mail greeting and email address are professional.
  • Review social networking sites and/or personal web pages for appropriate, professional content.
  • Update personal portfolio.
  • Join professional organizations in career field of choice and attend career specific workshops.
  • Attend UT Dallas Career Expos and other regional job fairs.
  • Schedule interviews on and off campus.
  • Connect with networking contacts and update them on job search efforts.
  • Evaluate job offers received.
  • Report job offers and job acceptance to the Career Center by completing the online Graduate Survey.