Career Counseling - Four Year Plan

Freshman Year

Finding Resources and Guidance

  • Visit the Office of Career Development in McBride Room 108.
  • Register for the Discover Program through OCD.
  • Enroll in core courses with help of advisor and excel in classes.
  • Talk with parents, your professors, and the OCD about careers.
  • Take a computer class. Use a computer to do coursework, papers, etc.
  • Gain experience with an off or on campus job.
  • Meet with a career counselor in the OCD. Do career testing with the Discover Program.
  • Begin to identify career interests, skills, and personality style.
  • Attend a resume workshop.
  • Seek supportive services when necessary such as tutoring, advising, and study skills.
  • Ask for help if needed!

Sophomore Year

  • Develop a resume and have it critiqued by a career counselor.
  • Talk with professionals in careers of interest to you.
  • Continue working with a career counselor online or in person.
  • Attend an interviewing and job search workshop or meet with a career counselor for assistance.
  • Plan to do an internship.
  • Get involved in student activities at ECU.
  • Decide on your major.

Your Junior Year

  • Visit the East Central University Office of Career Development and start your Discover account with inventory testing and much more!
  • Talk with your parents, your professors, the OCD, professionals and alumni about careers of interest to you.
  • Meet with a career counselor in the OCD. Do career testing; begin to identify your career interests, skills, talents, and personality style. Develop a resume and have it viewed by a career counselor.
  • Take a computer class to develop your technology skills. Use a computer to do coursework, papers, etc. Develop skills in word processing, database, spreadsheet, presentation, and desktop publishing. Become familiar with the Internet.
  • Do an internship in your major or area of interest.
  • Attend:
    • career workshops
    • on-campus recruiting
    • various Society of Success events
  • Develop leadership skills through student activities such as clubs and organizations.
  • Prepare for and take the needed graduate admissions test. (e.g. GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, Millers Analogy)

Senior Year

  • Complete final internships in your field.
  • Get your job file active in the ECU Office of Career Development by late fall.
  • If you haven't to date join the ECU chapter of Society of Success organization.
  • Update your resume early in the fall semester for your job search and for participation in the on-campus fall career fair and on-campus recruiters.
  • Take a great opportunity to enroll in Dr. Susan Miller's ECU Business Etiquette Class available once each fall/spring semester for both undergraduate and graduate credit. Dr. Miller teaches solid business etiquette skills for resume, dress, social occasions, interviews and more.
  • Plan your graduate school or job search campaign. Meet again with the OCD staff to get help with this.
  • Work with the OCD staff to develop interview and job search skills. Sign up for a mock interview.
  • Use all opportunities to meet employers: job fairs, networking, guest speaker events, etc.
  • Get references for graduate school applications and job interviews.
  • If you do not have a job going into your final months before graduation, meet with the OCD staff to plan your job search.