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Career Exploration and Success

Four-Year Career Plan

Create your strategy for gaining experience and becoming “internship ready.” Regularly visit a career advisor throughout your time at Rutgers. Visit careers.rutgers.edu/advise to schedule an appointment.

Accordion Content

  • Explore Careers and Majors 

    • Meet with a career advisor 

    • Take a career assessment

    • Attend the major and minor fairs

    Focus on Academics

    • Set up a study schedule

    • Attend all classes; don’t sit in the back

    • Utilize tutoring services

    Network

    • Create a professional 

    • LinkedIn profile

    Get Involved

    • Attend involvement fairs

    • Find a group of friends

    • Join at least one student organization

    Recommended 

    • Online Tools

    • Activate your Rutgers

    • Handshake Account

    • Traitify Self-Assessment

  • Select Your Major(s) & Career Community

    • Declare your major
    • Select a career community in Rutgers Handshake
    • Develop relationships with faculty & administrators

    Take an Active or  Leadership Role

    • Become more involved by serving on a committee or obtaining a leadership role

    Prepare for the Internship Search

    • Create a resume and get it critiqued 
    • Identify internships of interest
    • Prepare for interviewing

    Recommended Online Tools

    • Scarlet Talks: Career Videos
    • FirstHand Career Guides

     

  • Explore Specific Careers & Graduate Programs

    • Narrow your career focus
    • Explore graduate school & talk to faculty
    • Identify graduate school & internship search resources

    Network

    • Attend networking events
    • Utilize the Student-Alumni 
    • Career Connect System

    Find an Internship

    • Apply to internships
    • Consider earning credit for your internship
    • Stand out at your internship

    Recommended Online Tools

    • InterviewStream
    • Student-Alumni Career Connect System

     

  • Apply for Jobs and/or Graduate Programs

    • Prepare application materials
    • Consolidate your post-graduation strategy

    Prepare for the Transition from College to Career

    • Make an impact at your first job out of college
    • Adapt to a new work schedule

    Maintain Networking Contacts

    • Stay connected with faculty and colleagues after you leave

    Recommended Online Tools

    • Rutgers Handshake Job Postings
    • FirstHand Career Guides