Career Readiness Punchcard

The Career Readiness Punchcard
What is the Career Readiness Punchcard?

Wondering how to get started with the Career Center? Not sure what you can do to begin with your career readiness process? Want to know how you can be Career Ready?

The Career Readiness Punchcard gives you a set of 10 career-related experiences you can do in order to take charge of your career planning and development! Stop by the Career Center to pick one up! Or you can click here to take one virtually! Log in to your Tribe Careers account to access the page, then be sure to check “Punchcard Distributed” first. From here, you can keep track of your progress

After 6 completed items, you get your I AM CAREER READY sticker! After completing all 10, you’ll be added to a raffle for career readiness swag, including resume paper, padfolio, business card holder, etc. All the things you need to go after that internship or job! So be sure to keep your TribeCareers Career Readiness Survey updated!

Career Readiness Goals

Each of the items on the Punchcard is designed to help you develop and understand the skills and traits that will make you invaluable in the workplace. As you make progress with the Punchcard, you’ll learn more about your Career Readiness Competencies, develop new ones, and better understand what employers are looking for in candidates. To learn more about the Career Readiness Competencies, click the image to the right.

Meet With An Advisor
  • Why:
    • Take advantage of individualized advising to help you explore career options, no matter what major you pursue
    • Learn to apply specific strategies for pursuing careers based on your industry interests, including resume building, interviewing, networking, and more
  • How:
    • Schedule an appointment by contacting the front desk of the Career Center; you can drop by in person, or call at 757-221-3231
Update your Tribe Careers Profile
  • Why:
    • Sign up for industry specific newsletters to know when certain employers or alumni will be on campus for networking opportunities
    • Keep an updated version of your resume ready for job and internship postings
  • How:
    • Log in to Tribe Careers
    • Click on My Account > Academic Profile > Scroll to the bottom to check your industry preferences
    • Click on Documents > Approved > Add New
Explore and Research with Focus 2
  • Why:
    • Research career and major options as they relate to interests, values, personality, and skills
  • How:
    • > Scroll down and click on Focus 2
    • Register your account using your W&M email, and the access code: onetribe
Resume/LinkedIn Profile Review
  • Why:
    • Make sure your resume and your LinkedIn profile provide a strong representation of your experiences, qualifications, and career interests
  • How:
    • Come to Quick Advising Hours or meet one-on-one with an advisor in an appointment
    • Get started with a draft using our guides on resumes and LinkedIn
Complete a Mock Interview
  • Why:
    • Practice having a conversation about your skills, interests, and goals
    • Receive feedback on your interview responses, and tips for preparation
  • How:
    • Schedule through Tribe Careers using the shortcut on the right side; you'll need a draft of your resume uploaded to your profile to sign up
Conduct an Informational Interview
  • Why:
    • Learn valuable information from people already in the jobs, internships, and academic departments pertaining to your interest area
    • Find out about their most and least favorite parts of the job, how they got there, what advice they have for someone starting out, and make more connections with people already in your field(s) of interest
  • How:
    • You can connect with faculty, alumni, family, friends, or any of their connections
    • Check out tips on networking and sample informational interview questions:
Attend a Networking/Recruiting Event
  • Why:
    • Meet the people who will later be reading resumes and applications, before you apply
    • Find out what the look for and how you can get started in the field
  • How:
    • The Career Center hosts many of these every semester
    • Keep up with events posted on Tribe Careers by logging in and clicking on Events > Career Fairs; pay attention to the announcements on your home screen and open Career Conversations and Industry Newsletters
Attend an Employer Information Session/Industry Symposium
  • Why:
    • These are like informational interviews and networking events wrapped into one
    • Take advantage of when alumni and parents are on campus to share how they started working in a field, and any advice they might have for students; you can practice informational interview questions in a group conversation and follow-up with the visitors to make your own networking contacts
  • How:
    • The Career Center hosts many of these every semester
    • Keep up with events posted on Tribe Careers by logging in and clicking on Events > Information Sessions OR Workshops; pay attention to the announcements  on your home screen and open Career Conversations and Industry Newsletters
Have Extracurriculars and Internships
  • Why:
    • Clubs, organizations, part-time jobs, volunteering, and internships are great ways to gain exposure to a career field of interest
    • They allow you to try out different fields, gain skills, and make contacts
    • They all count as experience when demonstrating your qualifications
  • How:
    • Get involved on campus through Student Leadership Development, attend the Activities Fair, learn about community volunteer opportunities through the Office of Community Engagement, network into internships, apply for on-campus and off-campus jobs, search through internships posted on Tribe Careers, and find upperclassmen and alumni who have interned for organizations you are interested in
Attend a Workshop
  • Why:
    • Hear and learn to apply best practices for resumes, cover letters, interviews, job & internship searches, and many more topics
    • Get the basic information before working on a draft with an advisor
  • How:
    • Follow our calendar through Tribe Careers: Events > Workshops, and pay attention to Career Conversations; follow us on social media