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Career Milestones


Complete the steps below to prepare for your career!

Check your progress here!

September

  1. Conduct an Informational Interview

    Informational Interviews are just that – conversations that involve interviewing someone and gathering information. This is your chance to ask all of your questions about how your major can translate to the job field, what it was like for your Career Coach to jump into the workforce after college and how she/he/ze has become a successful professional in the field.

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    How to complete this milestone:

    1. Review the Student Resource.
    2. Select 3-5 questions you would like to ask your Career Coach.
    3. Write down notes to reference for your Milestone Completion Form.
  2. Share Your Career Interests

    For this milestone, you will be determining the career goal you want to focus on for the academic year. Identify the goal you want to focus on. Make sure it’s SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound!

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    How to complete this milestone:

    1. Identify the area of industry you want to explore this academic year.
    2. After processing with your Career Coach, identify a goal that will help you develop professionally in the respective industry.
    3. Complete the Career Interest Profile below.

October

  1. Identify Resources for Finding Opportunities

    Excited to get experience, but not sure how to get started? Partner with your Career Coach to identify different ways people find opportunities. Learn about “hidden job markets” and start thinking of a strategy that gives you a competitive edge!

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    How to complete this milestone:

    1. Use the resources you discussed with your Career Coach to find 3 positions you’d like to apply for.
    2. Review the posting and take note of details, such as qualifications, application requirements, etc.
  2. Submit Your Professional Resume

    Resumes can be used for networking and applying to jobs, internships or graduate school. With your resume, employers review your experiences, identify your skills and assess your writing skills. Needless to say, this is an important document. Resumes take multiple drafts and skilled editors to help you tell your professional story.

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    How to complete this milestone:

    1. Create a draft of your resume.
    2. Work with your ScholarMatch Career Coach to review and edit your resume.
    3. Submit a final copy through the submission form below.

November

  1. Prepare for Professional Interviews

    Interviews are a great opportunity to show employers who you really are – beyond the resume! Strong verbal and nonverbal communication skills are essential to leaving recruiters and hiring managers with a great impression. Prepare for your next interview by connecting with your Career Coach for this milestone!

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    How to complete this milestone:

    1. Learn about the preparation and follow-up process for interviews.
    2. Create a strategy for answering common interview questions to make a positive impression on hiring committees.
  2. Reflect on your first Mock Interview

    Time to put into practice what you discussed with your Career Coach last meeting! Mock interviews give you the chance to practice common interview questions and gain feedback on how you can improve. Be prepared and don’t worry. It’s all practice, and practice makes better!

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    How to complete this milestone:

    1. Participate in a mock interview, led by your Career Coach.
    2. Write down and reflect on the feedback provided by your Career Coach.
    3. Consider areas of strength and improvement and create a strategy for the future.

December/January

  1. Build Your Personal Brand with LinkedIn and Handshake

    Personal branding is an important component of career development. Consider how you’d like to present yourself online, on popular platforms such as Handshake or LinkedIn. What information do you want folks to take away from your online profiles? What kind of impression do you want to make on them? For this milestone, partner with your Career Coach to create an online presence with intention. This will help you expand your network and open doors to new opportunities.

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    How to complete this milestone:

    1. Visit https://joinhandshake.com to sign-up or sign-in to your account.
    2. Take a screenshot of your public profile and upload to the form.
    3. Go to https://www.linkedin.com and start an account.
    4.  From your profile page, click on “Edit Public Profile & URL” from the right-hand menu.
    5. Edit your custom URL, then copy & paste the address in the submission form.

    Bonus: Use this resource (hyperlink: https://www.leisurejobs.com/staticpages/18285/the-ultimate-linkedin-cheat-sheet/) to complete your profile!

  2. Identify Your Professional Skills

    For this milestone, you will need to reflect on the skills you have and the skills you need to attain. Ask your Career Coach which skills are most desired in the industry you’re interested in. You might find that you may have to readjust your goals to attain relevant skills and prepare for your career!

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    How to complete this milestone:

    1. Reflect on skills that you feel confident about currently.
    2. Research at least 5 internships you’d like to apply for in the future and identify common qualifications that you do not yet have.
    3. Revisit your goals from the start of the academic year and adjust if necessary.

February

  1. Create an Internship Search Timeline

    While summer semester seems far away, now is the perfect time to start preparing for professional opportunities! If you’re searching for internships, work with your Career Coach to create a search timeline. For those who are interested in research fellowships or study abroad, discuss how you’d like to use this experience to advance your career!

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    How to complete this milestone:

    1. Start planning for summer term to gain professional skills and experiences.
    2. Employ backwards-planning strategies to determine next steps.
    3. Create a draft timeline and submit your idea(s) in the module completion form.
  2. Reflect on your second Mock Interview

    It’s time to practice your interview skills again! To prepare, refer back to the feedback you received from your Career Coach after your first mock interview. Use this opportunity to further improve your presentation and communication skills!

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    How to complete this milestone:

    1. Participate in another mock interview, led by your Career Coach.
    2. Compare feedback from your first mock interview with the second session.
    3. Consider areas of strength and improvement and create a strategy for the future.

March

  1. Build Your Networking Skills

    Networking is another word for building relationships. Professional relationships with peers, professors, coworkers, bosses, advisors, etc. help you get information that could potentially help you launch your career! So take advantage of every opportunity to connect with people, and learn how to establish and work towards your goals!

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    How to complete this milestone:

    1. Discuss various networking strategies with your Career Coach.
    2. Determine which networking strategies best align with your personality, resources and communication skills.
    3. Select a networking opportunity (in-person or virtual) that you will attend in the next 6 weeks.
  2. Plan Your Professional Identity

    What do you want to be known for you in your class, department, company, or even industry? Your professional identity can be shaped with intentionality and planning. How do your Career Coach/College Advisor/Professors/Peers perceive you? How do you perceive yourself? Discuss this with your Career Coach, and find out how their professional identities were shaped throughout their career.

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    How to complete this milestone:

    1. Review and discuss sample scenarios with your Career Coach.
    2. Consider strategies that build a positive professional identity that aligns with your values.

April

  1. Deliver Feedback in the Workplace

    Giving and receiving feedback is easier said than done, but it’s an important part of work that allows improvements to be made. Learn the important skill of delivering feedback in a professional setting by asking your Career Coach for examples from their own career journey.

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    How to complete this milestone:

    1. Discuss the benefits of giving and receiving feedback.
    2. Define constructive feedback.
    3. Complete the Career Launch Program Survey to share your feedback with ScholarMatch.
  2. Close Out and Stay Close

    It’s the final milestone! You have spent the last seven months with your Career Coach, building a relationship and developing your career skills. Take advantage of this opportunity to expand your professional network by closing out a coaching relationship in a positive way!

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    How to complete this milestone:

    1. Revisit your goals and reflect on your accomplishments in the past academic year.
    2. Thank your Career Coach for sharing their knowledge and volunteering their time.
    3. Share your plans for the upcoming summer term.