Our 4-Year career plan is a roadmap to help you discover your career possibilities, gain experience, and chart a path toward your professional goals! You should take specific steps to help you explore various career options. It takes time, reflection, and different experiences to help you define your goals. Just remember, selecting a major and finding a career is a process, and our team is here to help support you each step of the way.
The Career Center team uses the Career Development Cycle and the Career Readiness Competencies developed by NACE as a framework to help support students through our coaching, programming, and educational resources.
We encourage you to use this guide to help you build your roadmap to success at WP and beyond!
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The first step is all about self-discovery & exploration! Whether you are just starting to explore your career options or are considering a new path, these recommended activities will help you discover possibilities and identify your values, interests, personality, and skills (VIPS)
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Your major doesn’t define your career path! Explore options using the below resources.
Resumes play a crucial role in the job search process and are often the first chance you have to make a positive impression on a prospective employer. This document allows you to showcase your skills, experience, knowledge, and background in an effective manner. By presenting clear, concise, and well-organized information, you can demonstrate your value as a candidate and increase your chances of landing an interview.
Sections in a resume help keep the document organized and easy for readers to scan. The sections should be listed in the order of importance and within each section, items should be listed in reverse chronological order beginning with the most recent position or role.
Place at the top of the resume and include name, email, and phone number.
Include degree name, university name, and graduation or expected graduation date. List schools in reverse chronological order beginning with the most institution.
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Cover letters serve as a bridge between your resume and the specific job to which you are applying. Its purpose is to introduce you and expand on the experience in your resume. It will also serve as a reflection of your writing skills, so be sure to proofread and review your document. Your cover letter needs to be specific to the organization and position.
With over 600 million users across the globe, LinkedIn is the go-to resource for building your professional networking, conducting career research, and managing your professional identity. LinkedIn is an asset to your professional development toolkit. This platform is instrumental to your career development from your first year in college to retirement!
Below we have compiled a list of helpful LinkedIn resources for your career development journey that will help you build a dynamic profile, grow your network, and build your personal brand.
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