Student Career Roadmap

Explore the tabs below to help you map out your career goals, and navigate the path to successfully reach them! These tabs are broken down to help you see what you should be doing in your current year of school, and what you may want to prepare for in the school years to ahead. 

First Year

  1. Career Services

    • Begin by becoming familiar with Career and Testing Services Staff and resources. Speak with the Director about your career goals.
    • Register with Handshake - an online job posting and web resume system.
    • Check out our Freshman 5 Career Planning Checklist: 

  2. Self-Exploration and Assessment

    • Utilize the computerized career guidance program Focus 2 to examine your interests, skills, and values while learning about a variety of occupations/career paths
    • Take a career interests assessment (Strong Interests Inventory or Myers Briggs Type Indicator) offered at the Career Services Center
  3. University of Majors

    • Get to know and meet regularly with your academic advisor and discuss your career goals with him/her.
    • Become familiar with the University of Mary's online course catalog describing course offerings at the university.
    • Explore academic majors.
  4. World of Work

    • Visit the career resource library to learn more about the world of work including qualifications, job market trends, and salaries for various occupations
    • Join campus organizations. These groups enable you to form friendships with a wide range of people, and help you discover interests, skills, and strengths.
    • Interview people who are employed in professions or jobs that interest you, and ask about job shadow or internship opportunities.
    • Research the world of work including qualifications, job duties, market trends and salaries for various occupations at Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*NET
    • Check out the career fairs on campus to see what businesses may have opportunities for UMary students
  5. Advance Now

    • Begin to gain real life experience valued by employers through volunteer services, work on-campus, part-time employment, or summer work experience.
    • Start building your career portfolio, convert your high school resume into a professional one, create a LinkedIn profile, and list your top five strengths.
    • Take time to reflect on what you want to do and where you want to go.

Second Year

  1. Re-evaluate Yourself

    • Revisit the Career Roadmap and your career counselor to evaluate your progress and discuss possible career paths in your major that align with your values and interests.
    • Decide on/apply for your major if your program requires it.
  2. Look into Your Future Career

    • Follow companies of interest to increase your visibility to hiring managers.
    • Continue coming to career service events.
    • If you haven't yet, job shadow. It will give you the opportunity to see firsthand what a specific career or job will be like, while also helping to create a professional network.
    • Always take the time to reflect on where you are going, your experiences, what you really want to do, whether you are enjoying what you're doing, and do you like where you are going.
  3. Work Towards Your Career Goals

    • Create a professional resume and cover letter to practice highlighting your strengths and accomplishments. We have many resources available to help you, and a 48 hr. Resume Review at the Career Service Center.
    • Start building your portfolio and keep it organized in one spot so that it will be easier to find it all later
    • Search for opportunities to network. Networking is really important in helping your future career, so check out the networking events on campus!
    • Gain experience working with jobs that are related to your career field. They can be part-time, volunteer jobs, or just a summer position.
    • If you haven't yet, create an account on Handshake. This will give you access to exclusive University of Mary job and internship offers as well as an employer directory. You can upload your resume and store results from your self-assessment tests.

Third Year

  1. Evaluate Your Career Path

    • Again revisit the career planning guide and evaluate your progress.
    • Talk with employers about your abilities and skills at a career fair and networking event.
    • Look into potential employers and see if they match your interests, values and skills.
  2. Update Your Professional Image

    • Prepare an elevator pitch, which is basically learning to sell yourself in casual conversation any time or place.
    • Update your professional profiles and resume to reflect all the new job experiences and skills that you have acquired.
    • Expand your portfolio.
    • Practice interviewing, and go to the Mock Interview day on campus.
  3. Work Towards Your Career Goals

    • Continue building a professional network by attending networking events.
    • Apply for internships and volunteer experiences in your career field and related to your career goals.
    • Take on leadership roles. This can be through group organizations on or off campus, or through volunteer opportunities. Anywhere you have to provide leadership to others is great experience!
    • For those looking at graduate school, now is the time to get serious. Start looking at programs and create a Graduate Application Timeline Grad Guide. You also might want to take the graduate test over the summer.
    • Again, reflect on what you are doing, where you are going, and be confident in your decisions.

Fourth Year

  1. Prepare for Your Future Career

    • Attend employer and campus interviews.
    • Continue building and using your professional network to get referrals and possibly job opportunities.
    • Attend job fairs.
    • Become involved in the Young Professionals Network.
    • Obtain information on how to effectively negotiate job offers.
    • Learn about your job search timeline.
  2. Work Towards Your Career Goals

    • Apply for jobs.
    • Do mock interviews to help prepare for the real thing.
    • Revise and update your resume.
    • Write your cover letter.
    • Get letters of recommendation from your peers.
    • Don't forget to write everyone who helps you a thank you letter or note of appreciation.
    • Develop business cards to market yourself to potential employers.
    • For those looking into graduate school, now is the time to start applying.