Career Timeline

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Freshman Year Sophomore Year Junior Year Senior Year

Freshman Year

  • Identify interests, work values, skills and abilities through self-assessment and career assessments by utilizing My Next Move and WISCareers online and by visiting the following on-campus offices:

Advising and Career Exploration Services (ACES), first floor Brigham Hall
Career Center, 0200 Ullsvik Hall
Counseling Services, 220 Royce Hall

  • Identify majors that relate to your abilities and interests, and then meet with faculty in that department or with an advisor in the ACES office to explore career possibilities.
  • Find relevant work/volunteer experiences in the areas that interest you.
  • Research student organizations available on campus and within the community and consider joining one, particularly a student organization related to your chosen field of study.
  • Start and maintain a personal academic file with current grades, reports, projects, honors and activities.
  • Create a resume and schedule a resume review appointment with a career consultant in the Career Center for a resume critique, followed by completing a student profile and uploading your resume to the Pioneer Career Network (PCN).
  • Search for a summer job or internship related to your career interest. Review academic department bulletin boards; talk to faculty, family, and friends; create a job agent in Pioneer Career Network to notify you of new opportunities for your major.
  • Attend Career Center workshops and events, such as: Career Fairs, the Professional Etiquette Event, and speed interviewing.
  • Maintain a good GPA.

Sophomore Year

  • Target course electives that will enhance your marketability to employers.
  • Consider a semester to study abroad; visit the Education Abroad Program in 111 Royce Hall.
  • Visit the ACES office, the Career Center and your major department to gather information on internships, co-ops, volunteer experiences and/or independent research related to your area of interest or chosen career field and begin applying for opportunities.
  • Arrange job shadowing experiences and informational interviews in your field of interest through your academic advisor or department.
  • Contact professional associations that provide current information about your career field or area of interest.
  • Update career portfolio each semester.
  • Begin networking for your references.
  • Attend career fairs and employer information sessions. Check the "Events" tab in your PCN account.
  • Learn mealtime interview manners at the Professional Etiquette Event.
  • Update your profile information and resume in Pioneer Career Network. Complete your cover letter.
  • Join professional student organizations to develop leadership skills and gain networking experience.

Junior Year

  • Continue to add new skills and experiences to your resume and career portfolio.
  • Pursue leadership positions in student organizations and community/volunteer activities.
  • Purchase interview attire and begin to build professional wardrobe.
  • Attend annual career fairs and employer information sessions or meet and greets.
  • Identify at least five position titles in career fields that interest you, and research 7-10 employers that offer those positions.
  • Participate in a mock interview at the Career Center.
  • Secure an internship, co-op, independent study, or community/volunteer work experience.
  • Understand and learn about the job search process by utilizing the Career Center's Resource Area.
  • If contemplating graduate school, request application materials and information from several potential graduate schools.
  • Inquire about tests required to enter graduate school.
  • Select three to five work or academic references that can highlight your accomplishments.
  • Build networking, interviewing and job search skills. Continue to job shadow and conduct informational interviews.
  • Actively develop career goals and plan "next steps" toward achieving your goals.
  • Read professional publications, attend a professional conference, study abroad, and/or conduct faculty/student research.
  • Review job descriptions to learn how to make yourself more marketable.

Senior Year

  • Participate in Professional Etiquette Event for mealtime interview tips.
  • Participate in career fairs offered by the Career Center and/or academic areas. 
  • Finalize your resume and have it critiqued by a career consultant in the Career Center.
  • Education majors: Confirm and obtain three to five letters of recommendation. Complete your career portfolio and/or credential file.
  • Refine your interviewing skills by utilizing mock interviews at the Career Center.
  • Use the PCN to post your resume, conduct your job search and sign up for on-campus interviews.
  • Continue to prepare for graduate school if you plan to attend. Complete applications, resumes, letters of application, and personal statements.
  • Review job offers: complete letter(s) to employers declining or accepting employment, report employment information to the Career Center and/or your major department.
  • Familiarize yourself with the UW-Platteville Alumni Association, and learn how you can become an active alumnus.

If you have any questions about your career timeline, ask someone in the ACES office or the Career Center today!

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