Make A Plan
A Career is a journey, not a destination.
Utilize this checklist to serve as a roadmap to make sure you stay on track in your career planning.
- Meet with a Career Specialist to get help with your career planning and management.
- Create a professional profile on Handshake and familiarize yourself with its capabilities.
- Identify your career interests, values, personality and skills by using FOCUS 2, a free online self-assessment, or Strengths Quest.
- Choose a major with the assistance of your academic advisor and/or Career Specialist.
- Explore career options that align with potential majors.
- Identify and research companies/organizations/industries you would like to work for.
- Read internship/job descriptions to get ideas of career paths.
- Learn about campus resources and get involved in student clubs and organizations. Perhaps take on a leadership role.
- Consider volunteering, study abroad, alternative spring break, etc. to round out your experiences.
- Attend career workshops to learn about a variety of career topics.
- Understand the application process for internships and jobs.
- Create a résumé and cover letter and have a Career Specialist review them.
- Identify which of the NACE career competencies you possess and which you need to develop.
- Develop interview skills and practice by doing a mock interview with a Career Specialist.
- Create a record-keeping system for jobs, websites and employers of interest.
- Identify three professional references.
- Plan for summer: think about internships, summer employment, or volunteering.
- If considering graduate studies, prepare for admissions by becoming familiar with the timelines and requirements of various programs.
- Participate in experiential learning: internships, research, study abroad, or job opportunities in your field of interest.
- Dress for success by expanding your wardrobe to include career-appropriate clothing.
- Create a professional LinkedIn profile and use the site for networking purposes.
- Participate in career fairs, company information sessions and job shadows.
- Develop a brief and persuasive speech/pitch to spark employers’ interest in you.
- Stay current on trends in your field by reading articles and joining professional groups on LinkedIn.
- Expand your network by joining a professional association and attending networking events.
- Schedule informational interviews with professionals in your field; start with UMass Boston alumni via LinkedIn.
- Develop a relationship with one or more career mentors.
- Work with a Career Specialist to learn how to manage job offers, negotiate salaries and how to interpret company benefit packages.
- Research what it takes to be successful on your first career job or speak with recent alums.
- Consider further education and professional development/training.
- Stay connected with UMass Boston after graduating—alumni have full access to all career services.
- Continue to educate yourself about the state of the labor market, your industry, and employers in your targeted region.
- Pursue networking and career-related opportunities.
- Maintain a good relationship with past employers and professors who are serving as references.
- Update your job search records: employers, websites, and positions for which you have applied.