Parents & Family

Career Planning: Getting Started Now

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.

Some students erroneously believe their first visit to Career Services should be in their senior year when it is time for resume writing and polishing interview skills.

In truth, students should annually visit this valuable resource and guidance area. It offers a variety of programs, workshops and services that can benefit students with self-discovery, career exploration, resume writing, and job and internship searches.

Other steps students should take for career success include:

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.