Being Proactive: Steps for Career Success

Most students enter college with a limited idea of the career options available to them. Once here, they begin a process of self-discovery that builds. While freshmen often assume it is too early to begin, there are important steps they should be taking now.

Explore Options

  • Be open-minded in picking a major and career interest, even if you've declared a major and minor.
  • Meet with a Career Services advisor to discuss career interests.
  • Talk with an academic advisor as well as faculty in departments of interest as a way to ascertain the education and skills needed for jobs related to career interests.
  • Go to the BW CareerPlace Library to browse through our resource materials.
  • Do online research on careers and occupational outlooks.
  • Go to the Career Services website and do the self-guided activities, including Discover software program, designed to help students identify career matches.

Take Action

  • Participate in co-curricular activities, especially those that build leadership, communication and team management skills.
  • Do service-oriented activities in areas relating to a career interest.
  • Activate your BW Career Network account, a web-based platform designed to provide you with 24/7 access to Career Services and the ability to conduct career research, access information about upcoming events and job/internship postings, upload and publish resumes, apply for positions online and network with BW alumni.
  • Attend a Resume Writing Clinic and other BW career-related workshops.
  • Contact family, friends and BW alumni who are in fields of interest to see about setting up appointments for informational interviews and/or work shadowing opportunities.

Look Ahead

  • Think about internship and summer job opportunities.
  • Seek diversity-related initiatives such as study abroad, foreign language and on-campus cultural activities—opportunities that will enhance your career marketability as well as boost personal and professional attributes and insights.
  • Learn which professional organizations are related to career interests and consider joining one or more of these organizations as a way to facilitate networking.
  • Read professional trade publications and newsletters related to career interests.
  • Look for research and other practical learning opportunities offered at BW and elsewhere as a means to further learn about career opportunities and gain valuable resume-boosting credentials.
  • Pursue mentoring opportunities with professors, career professionals and others.