Develop Your Four Year Plan


Freshmen: OPTIONS

  • Study hard and get good grades!
  • Update your profile on Tiger Connections, Career Education and Vocational Reflection's online job, internship and mentor system.
  • Familiarize yourself with the resources the Career Education and Vocational Reflection Office has to offer.
  • Pick up a copy of the Career Planning Guide.
  • Begin your career exploration by participating in campus and/or volunteer activities to gain insight into your interests, abilities and values.  Refer to the Key, attend College Activities Council (CAC) events, attend the club fair and talk to your Resident Advisors to learn more about organizations you can join.
  • Start exploring possible careers by browsing the TigerTracks - documents that bridge your H-SC liberal arts education to a number of possible careers. Documents also include several alumni successful in these fields that are good resources for informational interviews.
  • Explore possible majors and discuss your tentative plans for a major with your academic advisor and other professors.
  • Work with the Career Education and Vocational Reflection staff on summer job or internship possibilities.
  • Begin establishing your network of alumni.

Sophomores: CHOICES          

  • Gather more information about careers that interest you by utilizing the resources in the Career Library as well as exploring Tiger Connection's Alumni Career Network.
  • Pick up a copy of the Career Planning Guide.
  • Keep your profile and resume current on Tiger Connections
  • Meet with a member of the Career Education staff to discuss career options and ways to gain relevant experience.
  • Start exploring possible careers by browsing the TigerTracks - documents that bridge your H-SC liberal arts education to a number of possible careers. Documents also include several alumni successful in these fields that are good resources for informational interviews.
  • Consider studying abroad for a semester or during May term.
  • Attend workshops sponsored by Career Education and Vocational Reflection Office on resume writing, the job search, interview skills and finding internships.
  • Attend information sessions by alumni or employers.  Consider scheduling an informational interview with a professional in your field of interest.
  • Join clubs/organizations, explore leadership options, volunteer in the local community.
  • Speak with faculty, academic advisers, and the Career Education and Vocational Reflection staff about majors.
  • Declare your major!
  • Continue your career exploration by securing a summer job or internship in a field of interest.

Juniors: INITIATIVE             

  • Meet with a member of the Career Education and Vocational Reflection staff to discuss career goals and ways to gain relevant experience.
  • Update your profile on TigerConnections.
  • Attend the Challenge Job & Internship Fair.
  • Visit TigerConnection's Alumni Career Network and identify several alumni in your field of interest to conduct informational interviews.
  • Attend on-campus information sessions.
  • Consider studying abroad for a semester or during May term
  • Pick up a copy of the Career Planning Guide.
  • Attend workshops sponsored by Career Education on resume writing, the job search, interview skills and finding internships.
  • Secure a summer internship opportunity and apply for the Internship Scholarship Program in the spring.
  • Update your resume and cover letter for summer job or internship applications.  
  • If you are considering graduate school, initiate conversations with your faculty to research your options.  Prepare for the appropriate qualifying tests.
  • Learn about job search strategies for your field of interest and formulate plans for career activities during your senior year. Start your research with the TigerTracks!
  • Start building a professional wardrobe and purchase a professional portfolio to hold your resume during interviews.
  • Start building a list of professional contacts in your network.

Seniors: RESPONSIBLITY                             

  • Meet with a member of the Career Education and Vocational Reflection staff to discuss your career goal and formulate a timetable to achieve these goals.
  • Keep your profile current on TigerConnections.
  • Pick up a copy of the Career Planning Guide.
  • Regularly review the Career Education and Vocational Reflection Calendar for upcoming events.
  • Attend Career Education and Vocational Reflection workshops and participate in on-campus interviews.
  • Attend relevant Job Fairs including the Challenge Job & Internship Fair held each November.
  • If you are considering graduate school, discuss your options with your faculty advisor. Register for the appropriate graduate school test and submit applications.
  • Learn how the on-campus recruitment program fits into your job search plan.
  • Contact identified alumni registered with the Alumni Career Network, and use the TigerTracks documents to identify successful alumni in a variety of career fields!
  • Join The Network, H-SC's online social network for alumni!