Career development is an ongoing process, and our Career Engagement Model can help
individuals strategize and plan their course of action. The model was developed based
on a career and development theories including Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory,
Super’s Lifespan Development and Concept of Self, and Krumboltz’s Happenstance Theory.
Below is an outline of action steps to help you individuals at any career stay to
explore, prepare and gain experience all while continually reflecting and taking action
to fully engage in the journey. Review the Graduate tab and Alumni tab at the top
of the page for more tailor action steps for those populations. Many items are already
integrated into academic and co-curricular experiences of current students. The Career
Development Center is always able to discuss with campus partners, ways of incorporating
career engagement into the classroom and student learning experience.
The foundation of a successful career is reflection. You will personally evolve based
not just on career related experiences but all elements of life. The entire model
is encircled in the need to reflect so that you can take any necessary action steps
to maintain, change, or grow your career engagement.
Prepare for opportunity by building your resume, cover letter, network, and interviewing
strategies. These preparation pieces act as the foundation of a successful career
journey and are elements that will continue with you throughout your entire process.
Reflect on current or past jobs to identify your transferable skills to develop your
resume and cover letters
Upload your résumé to Handshake to be reviewed by Career Development staff
Clean up your social media; update privacy settings social media presence to ensure
it is employer-friendly
Set up a LinkedIn account to begin developing your professional image and connect
with 50 people
Participate in a mock interview and practice utilizing STAR technique
Develop your elevator pitch/ finalize your 1-minute commercial
Recognize resources you may need for an interview: Appropriate interview attire, transportation,
private space for virtual interview, etc.
Research and become knowledgeable about a competitive salary range in your field
Identify and confirm at least 3 individuals who are willing to serve as references
Review graduate schools’ websites to ensure you understand required application materials
Experience is putting into action your knowledge and skills while building new abilities
and diversifying your engagement. This can take on many forms depending on what stage
you are in on your path including employment, internships, and continued education.
Search Handshake and Quad Jobs to look for a position that can help you gain important
Volunteer at organizations to help you learn more about your interests
Serve as a student organization officer or leader to develop skills through meaningful
Expand your network by staying active on LinkedIn and Ram Nation
Engage in academic research through the university or externally
Update your résumé with new experiences and/or relevant coursework
Join professional associations or organizations in your career field and attend meetings
Complete an internship; make sure to speak with your academic department if seeking
Attend the Job & Internship Fair (one held each semester)