4-Year Timeline

First Year | Second Year | Third Year | Fourth Year Plus

Career Goals During Your College Career

Here are some suggestions for yearly career goals you can set to prepare for your graduation and post-graduation plans. There is no order to these goals and they can be completed in every year. Remember you can always check-in with a Career Services professional for support!

First Year

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Second Year

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Third Year

  • Join a professional organization related to your major as a student member.
  • Gain a leadership position in a student organization.
  • Buy interview clothing.
    • Many local retailers offer discounts to UNC students - check out Bear Biz for more information.
    • Not sure what to wear to an interview? Check out Career Services' Pinterest boards for interview attire as well as tips on work wear on a budget.
  • Practice interviewing skills during a practice interview with a Career Counselor.
  • Explore current job and internship openings by industry and major on Bears Career Connection.
  • Update your resume and have it critiqued by a Career Counselor.
  • Learn how to write a cover letter.
  • Meet with a Career Counselor to develop a career plan for your final year(s) to prepare for graduation.
  • Explore graduate programs if you are interested. Review application process deadlines.  Think about tests you may need to take to apply to graduate school: GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.
  • If you are thinking about graduate school, see if you can assist a professor with research.
  • Network with friends, family, and employers.

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Fourth Year Plus

  • Update your resume and cover letter and have it critiqued by a Career Counselor.
  • Start your job search early. A job search can take a few weeks to over six months. Meet with a Career Counselor for additional job searching tips.
  • If applying to graduate school, take graduate school admissions tests.
  • Attend a job fair or networking night.
  • Make business cards and carry them with you for impromptu meetings with professionals.
  • Carry copies of your resume. Make sure they are on resume paper. You never know when you might make a connection and need it.
  • Utilize professional social networking sites in the job search process such as, LinkedIn.
  • Participate in on-campus interviews.
  • Meet with your advisor to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. Make sure you fill out all graduation paperwork and pay your fee to graduate on time.
  • GRADUATE! Remember, you can always utilize Career Services as an alumnus/a!

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