Four Year Career Planner

In college, you can take steps that will make deciding upon a career and finding a job a little easier and more focused. Our goal is to help you build the skills for lifetime career satisfaction. 

Freshman Year (Discovery)

  • Adjust to campus life by learning how to balance academic requirements with campus activities and connect with advisors and faculty in areas that interest you.
  • Familiarize yourself with Career and Internship Services (Career Services) programs, resources, and services, check the Career Services’ website, read our brochure or schedule an appointment with the staff.
  • Explore interesting majors on our website and attend campus events (such as Majors Fair).
  • Identify your sense of self and clarify your interests, skills, values, and personality traits to understand how to find a good career fit. Complete self-assessment exercises and explore occupations. Meet with a career counselor for assessment information and instructions.
  • Become involved in on-campus activities in leadership positions. Consider working in an on-campus or part-time job to gain work experience. Register on the Dominican Career Network, the online job and internship board, at:
  • Network with friends, family and acquaintances about interesting places to work and jobs they may hold.
  • Participate in exploratory career activities such as volunteering, informational interviewing and job shadowing.
  • Attend pre-professional development workshops facilitated by Career Services.
  • Create a first draft of your career, personal, and professional development plan (CPPD plan). Seek assistance from Career Services, faculty and mentors.

*After Freshman Year: 
Obtain work experience through a summer job, internship or volunteer position. Or, obtain cross-cultural competence by traveling and learning about other cultures and languages. Continue networking and updating your CPPD plan.


Sophomore Year (Explore)

  • Continue to explore career and occupational information.
  • Participate in career workshops including Job & Internship Search and Resume & Cover Letter Writing.
  • Write first draft of resume. Have it reviewed by Career Services’ staff.
  • Declare a major if you have not yet done so. Reflect on what courses you have really enjoyed and related career opportunities.
  • Network with alumni in your field of interest to request an informational interview, job shadow and support at:
  • Familiarize yourself with a wide range of recommended career information websites. Visit Career Services’ webpage or staff for recommended sites.
  • Identify organizations and associations in your area of interest for internship possibilities, informational interviews, and career information.
  • Continue to be involved with campus and community activities in leadership positions.
  • Consider junior year abroad, an internship, or summer job opportunities that are related to your major or area of interest.
  • Reflect upon achievements and update your CPPD plan.  

*After Sophomore Year:  
Seek a summer job or internship. Build strong professional/academic references and contacts. Develop job-related language and computer skills. Develop workplace maturity and knowledge.


Junior Year (Encounter)

  • Secure and/or register for an internship to get experience in your field.
  • Participate in career workshops such as Interviewing Skills, Planning for Graduate School and Resume & Cover Letter Writing.
  • Update your resume and practice mock interviewing.
  • Research potential employers and continue networking through informational interviews, job shadows and online networking.
  • Begin requesting and obtaining letters of recommendation and references for graduate school and register for GRE/MCAT/LSAT/GMAT.
  • Reflect upon and update your CPPD plan.

*After Junior Year:
Obtain a summer job or internship in your chosen field. Continue to develop workplace skills. Take GRE/LSAT/GMAT/MCAT.


Senior Year (Launch)

  • Register for and complete an internship if you have not already done so, or complete an additional internship to further round out your experience.
  • Develop a potential employer list of contact information for career and job information. Continue networking with recruiters and employers.
  • Research salaries in your field and companies that interest you. Attend financial education workshops and create a realistic budget post-graduation.
  • Join professional associations and stay current with industry trends by reading publications about your major and field of interest on a regular basis.
  • Contact alumni in your field of interest for career information/contacts at
  • Update resume and have it reviewed by 3-4 professionals (ex:  Career Services staff, faculty, advisors). Create a LinkedIn profile.
  • Apply for jobs and/or complete graduate school applications.
  • Participate in a final review of your CPPD plan with Career Services staff, faculty and advisors.
  • Attend Career Management workshops.
  • Reflect upon your achievements and celebrate your successes!

*After Senior Year:
Congratulations! You ready to begin work in your chosen field or graduate school. Career and Internship Services are available to help you manage your career. Attend off-campus career fairs. Never stop networking!