YOU are in control--prepare for life after W&M

Here are the components of career readiness. Use your checklist to keep track of your progress.


Self-Knowledge |   Knowledge of  Opportunities |   Knowledge of Job Search strategies 
 
Begin with asking questions, exploring your options (spend up to 30 hours altogether)Click to view Your Career Readiness Checklist

 

From there, you'll start researching options and testing paths (spend up to 60 hours altogether)
  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor to review your Career Readiness Checklist.
  • Begin doing internships,   campus research projects, summer jobs, extracurriculars and school-break jobs that relate to your interests.
  • Research  at least three career options available to you that are aligned with your interests, strengths, values and education. Attend on-campus career and job fairs and employer information sessions relating to your interests.
  • Join at least one professional or honorary organization related to your career interests to make contact with people in the professional world.
  • Complete at least five informational interviews with people in careers you want to explore. Stay in touch with these people.
  • Work toward one leadership position in a university club or activity. You don't necessarily need to be an officer of the organization; this includes managing a project to successful completion for your club.
  • Maintain contact with previous internship site supervisors and previous employers so they can serve as references for you.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with your faculty so they can write recommendations for your future graduate school applications.
  • Attend networking events at the Career Center, academic departments and your extracurricular organizations.
  • Put together an interview outfit.  
And you are then be ready to start making decisions and plotting plans to reach your goals (spend up to 100 hours altogether)...
  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor  to have your updated resume critiqued and to go over your Career Readiness Checklist.
  • Narrow your career interests, based on your self-reflection, research, informational interviews, and preferred experiences.
  • Identify and perform internships and campus research projects that will give you the entry-level skills and contacts you'll need for your chosen first job.
  • Participate in interviewing  and job-search workshops.
  • Practice your skills by doing mock interviews.
  • Review your progress in learning four (or more) skills employers look for in new hires in your chosen career fields; make sure you pick up those skills.
  • Consider graduate school and get information on graduate entrance examinations.
  • Set up your credentials file and ask professors to write recommendations for your future graduate school applications.
  • Shadow several professionals in your field. Stay in touch with them.
  • Expand the number of relationships you've built with people in your career field.
  • Start your professional wardrobe.  
 So you'll be ready for actively pursuing your goals! (about 40 hours per week until hired, if job seeking)

Good luck in your career!