College to Career Roadmap

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A plan and timeline for students to follow to prepare for post-graduation success.

Pre-College

  • Write a resume.
  • Take classes that will prepare you for college, i.e, for college credit or related to your major of interest.
  • Attend at least three (3) campus tours of colleges that you are interested in applying for.
  • Participate in an after-school or summer program relating to career or academic interests.
  • Work a part-time job to gain basic skills such as customer service, organization, and communication.
  • Research your potential college's post-graduation statistics to prepare for what will come after graduation.
  • Find opportunities to volunteer, preferably related to a career of interest.

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Pre-College Summer

  • Remove all unprofessional content from your social media, i.e., Facebook and Twitter.
  • Learn about different careers by talking to people you know who have started theirs. These could be people you know or professionals in your community.
  • Craft a goal-orientated resume using the experiences you expect/hope to achieve during your time in college.
  • Attend New Student Orientation to connect with fellow students, campus resources, and the campus itself.
  • Meet with an Academic Advisor to make an academic plan.

First Year of College

Fall

  • Discuss primary career goals with a Career Development advisor.
  • Complete a professional resume.
  • Visit Career Development in MAT 106 for help!
  • Complete the FOCUS-2 career assessment to match your skills and interests with career options and majors of interest.

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Winter

  • Attend a campus event coordinated by the Student Activities Board (SAB) or Associated Students (ASUWT).
  • Create an account on LinkedIn.
  • Complete a Husky Jobs profile with your resume uploaded.
  • Begin to research different jobs using Onet and the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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Spring

Summer

Sophomore Year

Fall

  • Update your resume.
  • Use the University of Washington Alumni Group to identify three alumni in your career field of interest to connect with.
  • Declare a major that will contribute to the pursuit of the career of your choice during your Sophomore Year.

Winter

  • Complete at least one informational interview with a professional working in a field of interest.
  • Join the UW Tacoma Career Connectors LinkedIn group and participate in a discussion board topic.
  • Identify one mentor in your life who will help you in preparing for your career after college. Use campus resources like the Student Success Mentoring Program (SSMP), your professors, or professional you know outside of the UW Tacoma.

Spring

  • Identify three professors who will be valuable resources as you complete college and pursue your career.
  • Attend a career fair to become comfortable with the environment.

Summer

  • Work a part-time job in your career field or volunteer in a field or interest.

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Junior Year

Fall

Professionalism Week

  • Attend workshops during Professionalism Week, presented by the Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility.
  • Apply for at least three internships related to your career interests.
  • Pursue a leadership opportunity, e.g., a student leader position, officer of a club, leader for an off-campus organization.
  • Update your resume.

Winter

  • Create an online portfolio or Web-hosting site, e.g., About.Me.
  • Complete a mock interview with a Career Development advisor.

Spring

  • Complete at least three informational interviews and/or job shadow with a professional in your career field of interest.
  • Attend another career fair.
  • Work at an internship, part-time job, or volunteer in your career filed of interest.

Summer

  • Work at an internship, part-time job, or volunteer in your career filed of interest.

Senior Year

Fall

  • Discuss your job search strategy with a Career Development advisor.
  • Identify 10 employers you would like to work for in the short- and/or long-term.
  • Join a group related to your career on LinkedIn and contribute to their discussion board.
  • Apply for jobs and/or graduate school in your career field. Graduate school deadlines are usually Nov-Feb.
  • Coordinate or complete one other career-related experience, e.g., part-time job in your field, community service project, campus event.

Fall-Spring

  • Update your resume with internship and leadership experience.
  • Complete an internship.

Summer