CSU 4-Year Career Checklist

First Year

  • Explore majors
  • Take a variety of classes in subjects of interest
  • Explore interests, skills, and values; if necessary, take a career assessment
  • Attend major exploration events
  • Get involved
  • Join student organizations related to major, areas of interest
  • Volunteer
  • Establish a strong GPA
  • Begin documenting experiences in a resume
  • Check out resume writing resources in this book to help you get started
  • Research and apply for summer jobs and internships
  • Attend Career Fair bi-annually to explore careers and network with employers

Second Year

  • Declare Major or solidify choice of Major
  • Explore occupations related to Major
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in field of interest
  • Check out career exploration resources on the Career Center’s homepage
  • Explore Study Abroad opportunities
  • Apply for career-related summer internships – remember to apply early
  • Create a resume and have it critiqued by a career counselor
  • Check out CareerRAM, the Career Center’s online internship and job posting site
  • Get to know professors and build relationships with people who can be references

Third Year

  • Join a professional organization (as a student member) related to major
  • Learn how to market skills to employers by researching job descriptions
  • Explore current job openings by industry and major using CareerRAM
  • Buy interview clothing
  • Practice interviewing skills in a mock interview
  • Explore graduate school programs
  • Gain a leadership position in a student organization
  • Network with friends, family, and employers

Fourth Year

  • Start job search early
  • Take graduate school admission tests, write personal statements, be mindful of deadlines – apply early
  • Update resume
  • Participate in on-campus interviews
  • Think about where prefer to live following graduation
  • Continue to network with friends, family, employers
  • Ensure final graduation requirements are met
  • Attend Career Fair to talk with employers about specific job opportunities