To prepare for your career you need to set goals and work hard to achieve them. Our career development model shows the four stages of career development that you’ll go through to achieve your goals.
But, just because there are four stages, doesn’t mean that you’ll go through one each year. You might take a while to figure out the right major or you might know exactly what you want to do for a career and start looking for internships immediately. Since everyone goes through the stages at their own rate, we recommend that you meet with a career specialist to establish your goals and figure out your next steps.
The goal of this stage is to develop self-awareness about your interests, skills, values, ability, and personality. Take a vocational assessment and meet with a career specialist to examine who you are.
The goals of this stage are to understand your career options and the world of work, including possible job titles, companies, and industries. We recommend learning about careers through informational interviews with alumni in the field and researching on O*Net.
Once you’ve gone through the first two stages and identified careers that match who you are, pick a major that will prepare you for that industry. Meet with a career specialist and your academic advisor to discuss what you’ve learned about yourself and career options before declaring a major.
The goal of this stage is to narrow down career options that most closely fit your skills and values. Engage in experiences that allow you to get a sense of the right fit while building your resume and professional connections, including: internships, part-time jobs, volunteering, job shadowing, informational interviews, networking, other experiential learning opportunities.
We can help you with searching for jobs and internships, developing a resume and cover letter, and preparing for interviews.
The goal of this stage is to successfully transition into a career or grad. school. Start looking 12 months before graduation as employers will make job offers by the fall and grad. school applications are due well in advance.
Work with a career specialist to learn effective job search strategies, find out about network connections and job postings, write an effective resume and cover letter, prefect your interviewing skills, understand salary offers and negotiations, and talk about a smooth transition into life after Bethel.
If grad school is your destination, we can help with deciding if graduate school is a good option, searching for a program that fits, preparing for grad school exams, and submitting a good application with effective writing samples.
Career Development Plan
This four year guide lists actions to take to help you prepare for your career. Again, while it is separated by phase, not all students go through each stage in one academic year.
We want to help you develop a 4-year plan according to your major and career goals. You can strategically build your skills through part time jobs, internships, on and off campus activities, and volunteer experiences to prepare for your future career.
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