Comets College to Career Guide

From College to Career

As you transition from high school to college to the “real world,” you’ll have lots of questions and face many decisions about your future. Don’t worry! By planning ahead, you can make the leap from college to career go a lot smoother. To help you plan, check out the four-year Comets College to Career Guide. It’s an easy way to keep track of your goals across your four years as a college student. By following the guide, you’ll be have the opportunity to explore, discover, connect and achieve your career dreams!

Explore - Year 1

Fall Semester
  • Activate your Handshake account.
  • Attend career readiness exposure events.
  • Identify values, interests, personality traits and skills by using resources from the Career and Leadership Center.
  • Join a club or organization.
  • Volunteer in your field of interest.
  • Ask about the UOlivet Advantage.
Spring Semester
  • Volunteer for a service opportunity.
  • Gain experience through a student job or volunteer experience.
  • Meet with your career coach.
  • Work, intern or volunteer.
  • Update your resume and identify gaps in your experience.
  • Browse The University of Olivet majors.
  • What can I do with my major?
  • Link to other outside career resources.

Discover – Year 2

Fall Semester
  • Declare your major and ensure you’re on track to graduate.
  • Conduct informational interviews and learn more about possible career paths and majors.
  • Continue finding internships, part-time work and volunteer opportunities to gain experience.
Spring Semester
  • Attend career fairs and workshops.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile to build your online brand.
  • Make sure your social media accounts are appropriate and professional.
  • Practice introducing yourself and making connections by attending job fairs and other social and networking events.
  • Study abroad, intern, work or volunteer.
  • Update your resume to reflect your experiences.

Connect – Year 3

  • Seek leadership opportunities in clubs.
  • Attend career fairs and workshops.
  • Select elective courses and a minor that will enhance your goals and help you develop new skills.
  • Learn to:
    • job search,
    • interview,
    • explain experiences.
  • Secure an internship. Keep track of your accomplishments. Talk to your OC internship coordinator to determine if the experience can be used for credit.
  • Begin asking faculty and professional contacts for permission to use them as references.
  • Intern, work, volunteer or study abroad.
  • Update your resume with professional and academic accomplishments.
  • Decide if you want to attend graduate or professional school to earn an advanced degree and complete the admissions requirements. Prepare for standardized tests.

Achieve – Year 4

  • Polish your resume and have it reviewed by career counselors.
  • Continue building your network through job fairs and LinkedIn.
  • Check Handshake and other job boards regularly for professional postings or apply to graduate or professional school.
  • Practice interviewing with a career counselor or friends.
  • Join the appropriate professional organizations to meet other professionals in your field.
  • Leverage your network to search beyond advertised jobs.
  • Research salary and cost of living using Glassdoor and other online resources.
  • Apply to as many positions as interest you.
  • In advance of any interview, prepare your interview attire.
  • Engage with the Olivet Collee Office of Alumni Engagement and stay connected.

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