FOUR YEAR PLAN: A Student’s Guide to Self Awareness and Career Exploration
- Orientation and FYE
- Enroll in CD 100: Career and Self Awareness to identify a path that’s right for you!
- Get involved on campus! Join a student organization, volunteer, and/or get a job on campus
- Participate in career events (recommended for all years!)
- Secure an internship, job, or student research position
- Study away or participate in an off-campus program
- Leadership development
- Discuss career goals and plans with a faculty advisor
- Meet with a career services staff member to formulate your job or graduate school timeline and plans
- Research graduate/professional school options
- Make connections! Participate in career fairs and career related events and network with alumni
Year Four and Beyond
- Enroll in CD 401: Decision Making and Implementation to set goals and finalize post-college plans!
- Expand your professional network and your professional skills through career events
- Develop your experience through an internship, job or research opportunity
CAREER DEVELOPMENT COURSES
GEN 110: Career and Self Awareness
Designed for students just starting their academic journey, this one-credit course assists you in understanding how your personal strengths and values help with career goals to develop a balanced and values-affirming lifestyle. Students will also get a head start on designing a resume, writing cover letters, and learning valuable interview skills.
GEN 210: Life and Career Planning
This course is specifically designed for students who want a theoretical and practical study of the career planning process applied to their interests, abilities, goals, academic discipline, and fields of interest. Focus is on self- assessment, development of a career and life plan, and creation of a resume, cover letter, and portfolio. Students will participate in a job shadow experience and become familiar with current employment trends and organizational environments.
GEN 310: Generation Swap Mentoring Program
Lifelong learning through mentoring and podcasting is a springboard for building career ready skills based on readings, lectures, class discussions, and mentorship with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Program.
GEN 410: Decision Making and Implementation
Thinking of life beyond Aquinas and wondering how to navigate a post-college world? GEN 410 is designed to help students make the transition from college to the world beyond, whether that be in a job, service, self-employment, or graduate school! Launch your future with this essential one-credit, quad format course that focuses on life after Aquinas.
Beyond the Classroom: Experiential Learning
There are plenty of ways students can gain real-world experience, such as internships and student research!
An internship enables you to gain first-hand exposure of working in the real world. If you are searching for an internship, or you have found one and want more information on how to receive credit, make an appointment on Handshake. Click on Career Center, then Appointments, then Request a new appointment.
For details on how to request your internship for credit, the Internship Seminar, or a link to the supervisor handbook, click here.
Doing an internship? We’d love to feature you on our social media. Fill out this form to be considered for a student spotlight.
Visit Internships for the most up-to-date information.
We recognize the importance of stimulating intellectual curiosity in all disciplines and seek to:
- Extend the opportunity to participate in research/creative activities to all students.
- Encourage and promote student-faculty collaboration across all disciplines.
- Foster dissemination of this work.
- Find resources for increased opportunities.
Visit Student Research for the most up-to-date information.
Resources for Students
For a complete list of our resources, visit our Resources page!
Graduate School Quick Tips
Below are some of our quick tips on applying to graduate schools! For more information, check out our Career Guide and the Graduate Guide resource.
Self-Reflection and Research
Before beginning the application process, it’s crucial to take a moment to think about your future goals!
Reflect: Why do you want to attend graduate school? What are you hoping to accomplish during your time?
Discuss: Talk with your faculty advisor and with a career services member about your goals for insights and input.
Research: Find programs of interest and evaluate their requirements, opportunities, financial support options, location, etc.