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How to Plan Your Career

Career planning is more than just making a decision about a major or an occupation. It's a continuous and lifetime process of determining where you are and where you want to be, and developing strategies that support your career and life goals. It's also about making the most of the opportunities that are available to you throughout life in order to achieve a satisfying and rewarding career.

In college, career planning skills are valuable in implementing your academic major and career decisions. In the future, they will be useful when you want to advance in a career, move from one job to the next, or even change career direction.

The career action plans below offer tips for making the most of each year of your undergraduate experience:

My Career Action Plan Checklist (for all students)
Career Action Plan - First Year Students

As a whole, they serve as a "map" for charting your course through college and a reference for measuring your on-going progress. There is no definite starting and stopping point with each plan so take time to review all of the plans. If you follow the recommendations, you will make a more effective transition through college, and along the way, you will prepare for a career after graduation.

Last Updated 1/27/21