Four-Year Career Development Plan


Your career is more than a job after college. It's about connecting your unique gifts, talents and passions with a greater purpose. Career Services exists to help you build that connection—between faith, education and vocation—starting at Orientation and extending beyond graduation. Trying to undertake career development all at once can be daunting. But with a few key steps each year, you will gain confidence and a portfolio of skills and experiences that will serve you well in your advanced studies or professional employment. Throughout your four years at Gordon, we'll help you develop a plan to excel in your profession and to lead a full, engaged life of service and leadership.

FIRST YEAR
  • Get to know your academic advisor and faculty and seek their advice.
  • Be intentional about your spiritual development through prayer, attending Chapel and Convocation and participating in ministries.
  • Take a career assessment (offered by Career Services), which will evaluate your responses to a wide range of questions and will suggest occupations in line with your strongest interests.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities and try some new ventures to stretch out of your comfort zone.
  • Prepare a resume and keep it current.
  • Regularly use GoHire (access with your Gordon login) and begin searching through job and internship postings and career advice.
  • Take initial courses for your major or a program that you wish to explore
SOPHOMORE YEAR
  • Continue with Core liberal arts courses in your major. If you're still deciding about a major, consider taking one or more introductory courses in majors that are of interest.
  • Participate in the rich array of extracurricular programs on campus – athletics, student government, residence life, student ministries or missions, community service, clubs, the arts or more.
  • Maintain or build foreign language skills to help support your communication in study abroad, missions, and community service programs. This could also give you an advantage in your job search down  the road.
  • Seek part-time or summer employment opportunities related to an academic or career interest.
  • Visit Career Services to explore occupations that connect with your major, minor or interestes.
JUNIOR YEAR
  • Seek a leadership or professional experience on campus such as becoming a Teaching Assistant, Writing Tutor, Career Ambassador, Admissions intern or other important roles.
  • Ask to be involved in your professor’s research projects or an undergraduate research program during the summer.
  • Study abroad (see the Global Education Office for descriptions of many programs).
  • Visit Career Services and talk with your faculty about doing an internship or cooperative education experience to build skills for the workplace.
  • Attend the Graduate School Fair in September and/or the Gordon College Internship and Job Fair in February to meet with a wide array of representatives from graduate schools and employers. Plan to attend again senior year.
  • Continue to update your resume (see Career Services for assistance or a resume review) and start networking with Gordon alumni through campus events, Homecoming, or the LinkedIn Gordon Alumni Group. See Career Services and Alumni Office staff and calendars for questions about events.
  • Prepare for graduate study by talking with your faculty advisor and visiting Career Services for resources about graduate study programs, entrance exams (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, etc.), fellowships and finances.
SENIOR YEAR
  • Polish your job search skills for interviewing, writing cover letters, customizing resumes and networking.
  • Schedule an appointment in Career Services to develop a personalized job search plan.
  • Begin your job search at the start of September! and set aside time each week to prepare applications or cover letters and resumes.