University of Vermont

Action Plan for Finding a Job

We know that as wonderful as your four years here will be, the end goal is to leave with a path for employment. Our advice on what to do and when in your four years at UVM:

First year: Adjust

  • Get to know your academic advisor and resident advisor.
  • Visit Career Center to address questions about your major or about choosing a major.
  • If you already know that you are pre-health or pre-law, review the information on our website and meet with your advisor or a Career Center counselor.
  • Experience college by getting involved either on- or off-campus. Explore a variety of classes, student organizations and volunteer opportunities.
  • Think about internship opportunities — how would you like to devote your time?

Second year: Explore and experiment

  • Evaluate the experiences you've had so far at UVM and elsewhere. What interests and skills do you enjoy using? Meet with a career counselor to explore further.
  • Explore connections between your interests, skills, majors, courses and career options. Find out what's out there.
  • Experiment by attending informational interviews, arrange job-shadowing experiences, gain experience through career-oriented internships, work-study jobs, part-time and summer jobs. Continue to pursue interest through campus activities.
  • Draft a preliminary resume — this is a living document that you'll update often; it's never too early to start!

Third year: Focus

  • Focus on potential areas of career interest. Take advantage of career counseling to help with this process.
  • Assess your perceptions about and qualifications for work in your field(s) of interest by talking to people in those fields.
  • Gain experience: Obtain an internship or a career-oriented part-time jobs and develop your skills and further your exploration.
  • Continue developing your relationships with faculty and administrators; you'll want their advice and recommendations.

Fourth year: Seek your path

  • Prepare your resume and have it reviewed by the Career Center.
  • Search for jobs and upload your resume. Our online job database can show you the way.
  • Meet with a career professional to develop your job search or graduate school plan.
  • Schedule mock interviews — they're good for practice.
  • Target jobs/organizations of interest or graduate schools. Investigate job-search strategies for your area of interest.
  • Search online job postings and submit your resume — if you find something that interests you, apply all of your job search skills and go for it!
  • Secure or request interviews for jobs of interest.
  • Continue networkingUVM Career Connection is a great resource for connecting with alums.
  • Evaluate and (eventually) accept the right position or graduate school offer.

Last modified June 23 2014 02:39 PM