Four Year Career Plan

The four year career plan can help you stay on track while here at ACU. Whether you have dreams of going to graduate school or finding a great job after you graduate, the following outline can help you achieve your goals.  

Contact the Career Center at 325-674-2473 or careers@acu.edu to get started.

Freshman Year  

    First Semester

  • Explore majors and potential career paths.
  • Talk with people in each major area in which you have an interest: professors, advisers, professionals, etc.

   Second Semester

  • Conduct informational interviews - talk with family members, friends, and acquaintances about their careers.
  • Continue to research career fields using resources like O*NET OnLine and Vault's Career Insider.
  • Attend Career Center events like "Careers In".
  • Begin developing a resume to update each year.
  • Consider a summer job to begin acquiring work experience in your area of interest.

 

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Sophomore Year  

   First Semester

  • Meet with your career advisor.
  • Decide on a major and career path.
  • Shadow a professional who is working in your area of interest.

   Second Semester

  • Research organizations and companies that offer internships related to your career interests.  Be prepared to apply, because in some fields deadlines for summer internships are in the fall.
  • Update your resume and cover letter for your summer job/internship/part-time job search.
  • Begin building your networking contacts for references (professors, advisers, and supervisors). Read tips about securing references. Review sample reference sheets.
  • Take on leadership roles in activities like being a Group Leader during Welcome Week or leading a volunteer project. Think about how those roles are transferable to your desired career field.
  • Consider working part-time in a job relevant to your career interests.
  • Create an ACU CareerLink account.

 

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Junior Year  

   First Semester

  • Meet with a Career Center advisor to develop a specific plan of action outlining post-graduation plans.
  • Continue informational interviews.
  • Attend a career fair.  Use the opportunity to learn about employers, and practice your "elevator speech".
  • Are you considering attending graduate school? Conduct research to determine if it is necessary to achieve your career goals.  
  • Update your ACU CareerLink account.

   Second Semester

  • Attend career fair and participate in relevant on campus interviewing opportunities.
  • Develop your job search plan.
  • Schedule a mock interview session.
  • Take another summer internship/job.

 

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Senior Year  

   First Semester

  • Attend career fair and participate in relevant on campus interviewing opportunities.
  • Continue to network
  • Complete your job search plan

   Second Semester

  • Attend career fair and participate in relevant on campus interviewing opportunities.
  • Interview for jobs.
  • If applicable, narrow your graduate school choices, complete entrance exams, and complete application materials.

 

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