Four-Year Undergraduate Career Planning Guide

First Year – Inquire

Sophomore Year – Explore

  • Study, prepare, and go to class.
  • Take core and general classes, consider a double major or minor to broaden your experience.
  • Research different PAUL options including the classes you would take.
  • Meet with a faculty member in an option that interests you; develop relationships with advisors, faculty, and staff.
  • Select class projects and topics that will further your knowledge of interesting career fields.
  • Ask questions of guest speakers in your class to learn more about their careers.
  • Study industries in which you may be interested in working.
  • Update resume with summer experience and have it reviewed at the Paul Career Services.
  • Apply to be a PAUL College Peer Advisor.
  • Join a PAUL student group: Beta Gamma Sigma - International Business Honor Society, or SIGNAL (Students Interested in Growth, Networking and Leadership) are just a few to explore.
  • Attend Fall and Spring Career/Internship Fairs.
  • Attend resume review and practice interview events either at Paul Career Services or UACC.
  • Use Wildcat Careers to identify internships you would be interested in applying to for the summer – multiple experiences are highly valued by employers.
  • Start planning a practical work experience through a summer job, community service, internship, or, better still, a combination (see PAUL Career Services).
  • Explore a research experience in your field of interest:
  • Identify alums on the Career Mentor Network and learn more about their career field.
  • Take initiative and seek leadership opportunities. Visit the Leadership Center and get involved in opportunities that will help you develop your leadership style.
  • Broaden your business knowledge by reading business publications such as Business Week or the Wall Street Journal.
  • Plan a study abroad experience for your junior year.
  • Research career fields using VAULT and other library databases.
  • Develop your elevator pitch, conduct informational interviews, and continue to job shadow different professionals.
  • Ensure the clothes you wear to an interview are appropriate and professional.
  • Learn another language. This will make you more marketable in the global marketplace.
  • Present yourself professionally on Facebook, your email address and cell phone message.
  • Employers look for people who can communicate and carry a project out to completion. Enter the Holloway Prize Competition, or present your work at Undergraduate Research Conference.

Junior Year – Expand

  • Study, prepare, and go to class.
  • Meet with PAUL Career Services, develop a job search plan for your junior and senior year, and make sure you know how to make the most of Wildcat Careers.
  • Get to know a faculty member in your option and discuss what you want to do after graduation.
  • Explore a research experience in your field of interest:
  • Work on a research project with a faculty member.
  • Ask questions in class, discuss career options with guest speakers.
  • Attend PAUL events including CEO forum, WMBAC Annual UNH Hockey Night & Monthly Meetings, Alumni events.
  • Update your resume and explore internship options early - deadlines for some employers can be as early as September.
  • Attend Career/Internship Fairs , collect business cards, and ask employers what kinds of opportunities they offer.
  • Employers value students with experience in diversity and working with people different from themselves – take a course, join an organization, select a company that will increase your diversity competency.
  • Present yourself professionally on Facebook, your email address and cell phone message.
  • Understand your strengths and identify areas in need of improvement.
  • Join another PAUL and/or UNH student organization to further develop valuable transferable skills, i.e. communication, leadership, or program development.
  • Sign up for a practice interview and refine your interview skills.
  • Research professional organizations in your option, become a student member, attend professional conferences to learn and network.
  • Expand your professional network through the Career Mentor Network, faculty, friends, family, employers, and internship site.
  • Apply to Pathways Mentoring Program.
  • Learn another language. This will make you more marketable in the global marketplace.
  • International Undergraduate Research Opportunity.
  • Employers look for people who can communicate and carry a project out to completion. Enter the Holloway Prize Competition, or present your work at Undergraduate Research Conference.

Senior Year – Act

  • Study, prepare, and go to class.
  • Explore a research experience in your field of interest:
  • Work on a research project with a faculty member.
  • Update your resume to carry you from college to corporation.
  • Revisit all of your career resources, update your job search plan and strategy, meet with a career advisor.
  • Identify a list of target companies your wish to pursue; research your targeted companies, industries, and opportunities.
  • Employers value students with experience in diversity and working with people different from themselves – take a course, join an organization, select a company that will increase your diversity competency..
  • Maintain a positive attitude, be flexible and realistic.
  • Regularly review on-campus recruiting through Wildcat Careers.
  • Participate in information sessions sponsored by interviewing companies.
  • Sign up for a practice interview and refine your interview skills.
  • Line up your professional references; you will need at least three.
  • Stay on top of application deadlines for your field of interest.
  • Present yourself professionally on Facebook, your email address and cell phone message.
  • Update your elevator pitch and attend Career/Internship Fairs.
  • Join another PAUL and/or UNH student organization to further develop valuable transferable skills, i.e. communication, leadership, or program development.
  • Expand your professional network through the Career Mentor Network, faculty, friends, family, employers, and internship site.
  • Continue to network with alums, faculty, guest speakers, other professionals.
  • Join LinkedIn and attend professional conferences.
  • Learn another language. This will make you more marketable in the global marketplace.
  • Visit PAUL Career Services for assistance evaluating job offers.
  • Remember: Accepting a job offer is a serious commitment. Thoroughly review all options before making the commitment. Once you inform an employer that you will start, you need to follow through and take the position. Accepting and then declining an offer is considered very irresponsible and could hurt your career.
  • Employers look for people who can communicate and carry a project out to completion. Enter the Holloway Prize Competition, or present your work at Undergraduate Research Conference.