dcsimg Freshmen Urged to Start Planning for Post Graduation Success

Freshmen Urged to Start Planning for Post Graduation Success

by John Armitage | Jan 07, 2013

ExactTarget Representative Speaks to StudentsNow more than ever, employers want more than just a good GPA on a candidate’s resume. Employers want someone with proven success working in a team, communicating, leading, solving problems, and working hard. That’s a message that Jenny Morris ’05, director of the internships at Marian University, delivers to incoming freshmen.

Top Skills and Qualities Sought After by Employers:

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Strong work ethic
  • Analytical/quantitative skills
  • Values

“We hear what employers are saying and we want our students to be highly competitive upon graduation. For that reason, we encourage students to use a four-year career development plan to improve their prospects for getting a great job after graduation or being accepted into graduate or professional school programs.” Morris added that, “Career development does not begin during senior year. Rather, career development begins the moment you step foot on campus, and it builds until you walk across that stage at graduation.”

“Across campus, faculty and staff are working to develop leaders, thinkers, team players, and exceptional communicators,” Morris added. She also knows that parents are very interested in the long-term success of their sons and daughters. The four-year plan focuses on skill-building and taking advantage of experiential opportunities.

Freshman Year (Self-Discovery)

  • Research majors that match your interests, skills, and values. Seek the counsel of your academic advisor and career services.
  • Attend Student Activities Fair to learn about organizations on campus. Get involved.
  • Attend a service or career event on campus or in the community.
  • Attend seminars held by the Office of Internships and Career Services that match your interests.

Sophomore Year (Career Exploration and Planning)

  • Stay involved. Consider joining additional student organizations.
  • Draft a resume and cover letter and have someone in the Office of Internships and Career Services provide feedback.
  • Complete a mock interview. Write a thank you note to the interviewer.
  • Create a profile on KnightWork (www.marian.edu/careerservices). Upload your resume.
  • Obtain a summer experience to help with career exploration and build your job skills.
  • Attend seminars held by the Office of Internships and Career Services that match your interests (e.g. Etiquette Dinner, Networking Knights).

Junior Year (Decision Making/Reflection)

  • Stay involved. Consider becoming a leader of a student organization.
  • Update your resume and upload into KnightWork.
    Complete an internship or another significant experiential learning opportunity (directed research, A-Team, Ethics Bowl, etc.).
  • Research and visit companies to learn more about their work and available opportunities.
  • Consult your advisor, faculty, and the Office of Internships and Career Services staff for additional methods in conducting your job/educational search.
  • Attend seminars held by the Office of Internships and Career Services that match your interests (e.g. Etiquette Dinner, Networking Knights).
  • Prepare/practice for GRE or professional school admission test, if applicable.

Senior Year (Reflection and Job Search/Advanced Education Plan)

  • Update your resume highlighting academic, professional, leadership, and co-curricular success. Upload to KnightWork.
  • Network, research companies, and utilize KnightWork to conduct your job search.
  • Request permission from professionals and professors to include on a list of references.
  • Schedule a mock interview with the Office of Internships and Career Services and receive feedback on your interviewing skills.
  • Attend seminars held by the Office of Internships and Career Services that match your interests (e.g. Etiquette Dinner, Networking Knights).
  • Prepare and practice for GRE/professional admissions tests, if applicable.
  • Complete GRE/professional admission test if not completed during your junior year.
  • Seek guidance regarding your resume, purpose statement, etc. from the Office of Internships and Career Services and/or your academic department if pursuing post-graduate study.

To learn more about the four-year plan, contact Jenny Morris at 317.955.6185 or jmorris@marian.edu.

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