Sophomore Career Planning Checklist
Read and complete the checklist for Freshmen
- Continue to visit the Office of Career Services to familiarize yourself with the services and resources available. Checkout the “Calendar of Events” and the “Workshop Schedule” on the web site at www.umt.edu/career.
- Continue to add items to your individual file of career planning materials (activities, references, letters of recommendation, names of people to contact, etc.). Keep an ongoing list of projects, activities, honors and committee memberships to use on a resume or refer to in an interview.
- Do more career exploration:
- Affirm your values, interests, personality traits, abilities, aptitude, and lifestyle preferences through informational interviews to determine job responsibilities related to your career choice.
- Attend the UM Majors fair to speak with representatives from the academic departments to finalize your decision on a major.
- Use research material from the Resource Library, Internet and Career Assessments. Read at least one book on career planning and collect information about specific career areas.
- Participate in the Ask-an-Alum Career Mentoring Program. Alumni are very willing to share information about the steps they took and getting established in the work place. An informational interview is the best way to find out answers to the specific questions about what to do with your major or about particular careers.
- Take electives, courses outside your major, or areas of study that you are interested in, to gain additional desirable skills necessary for your future in the job force.
- Join a club or organization on campus, and participate in community service or volunteer opportunities to help build a broad background of college experiences. Contact the Center for Leadership Development in the UC to ask about leadership programs.
- Attend or volunteer to help at the Big Sky Career Fair or Educators’ Career Fair. Contact the Office of Career Services or visit the web site at www.umt.edu/career for additional information.
- Obtain a copy of the workshops held each semester available in the Office of Career Services or on their web site www.umt.edu/career. These workshops will help with your resume, cover letter writing, interviewing skills and job search strategies.
- Familiarize yourself with the student jobs on-line web site at www.umt.edu/studentjobs , and check out the on and off campus part-time, internships, summer and volunteer opportunities available.
- Develop a resume and have it critiqued by a career counselor. Also talk to the counselor about work experience that is meaningful, useful and related to your career goals.
- Apply for a summer job or internship to build a good work ethic and applicable experiences.
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