All Four Years And Beyond
You control your career destiny. Don't wait until your senior year!
Wherever you are in your academic career – freshmen through career changers –
we are here to help you navigate your way. From choosing a major to exploring
different career options to finding internships to looking for part-time and full-time
employment to preparing for graduate, law, or medical school, we have the resources
to help chart your course!
Choosing a Major:
Think of choosing a major as a journey. Come to the Career Center, take the Focus 2 assessment, talk to one of the Career Development Center staff members; we are here to assist you on your
Take advantage of:
Your college's course catalog: You will be amazed at the wealth of information
you can find here!
Your professors: Our caring professors, including your academic advisors, are
here to talk with you about the majors in which they teach. All have worked in
their field, and all are experts about careers and career opportunities.
Your classmates, especially upperclassmen: These are the people who are deep into
their major, perhaps already having had an internship or gone through job interviews.
Your family and friends: There's a wealth of information right at your fingertips.
Next time you go home or call home, ask your family and friends of the family about
majors and careers.
Career Development Center
: It is never too early or too late to visit the CDC! There are plenty of
resources for choosing a major and a career as well as internship and job information.
Check List for Students:
First Year Students: EXPLORE
Familiarize yourself with the resources and offices available to you on campus
- Utilize your Panther Job Board account for on and off-campus employment and information on upcoming career events and workshops
- Meet with a career professional to discuss major and career exploration strategies
- Use Focus 2 to learn more about your interests, skills, values, and personality
- Research majors available at LaGrange College
- Take courses that interest you while fulfilling your academic goals
- Join a student organization and see summer job or volunteer opportunity to gain valuable experience
Research careers of interest using O*Net Online and The Occupational Outlook Handbook to narrow down major options
- Visit the Career Development Center to meet with a career professional and discuss career goals
- Draft your resume and have it reviewed by a career professional during drop-ins or scheduled appointment
- Conduct information interviews with professionals in your field of interest and set up job shadowing opportunities
- Take the Strong Interest Inventory and/or MBTI to learn more about yourself
- Become a leader in student organizations and continue to test your interest through volunteering
- Gather information about internships, co-ops, and study abroad opportunities
- Complete the Jobs4GradsNow webinars to be more successful in your internship and job searches
Meet with a career professional to plan relevant experiential learning opportunities
- Update your resume and have the Career Development Center critique it during drop-ins or scheduled appointments
- Consider using your study abroad stipend to participate in global engagement opportunities
- Establish relationships with professors and supervisors from whom you want recommendations
- Build experience through related internships, part-time jobs,
Meet with a career professional to plan your job search and transition from college
- Update your professional profile on Panther Job Board and LinkedIn
- Send tailored resumes and cover letters out to employers in whom you are interested
- Prepare for interview using Big Interview, or schedule mock interviews with career professionals
- Attend career events, research and network with employers and alumni, and sign up for available on-campus interviews
- Evaluate job offers and make decisions
- Apply for graduate school before Christmas Break if you plan to further your education
4-Year Career Plan- Printable Version