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Career Roadmap:  4-Year Career Plan

First Year: Explore Self, Majors & Careers

Your first year at UNF will be filled with excitement, anticipation and a vast amount of new information and experiences. While acclimating to college life, focus on the following:


Meet with a Career Counselor and start the career planning process

• Self Assessment: Identify your skills, interests, values and personality characteristics

• Take intro or elective courses to explore potential majors. "EDG 2000 Career Planning and Professional Success" helps you work through all stages of career development (3 Credit hours)

• Check out the "What Can I Do With A UNF Major in.....? websites to research potential academic majors

• Visit the Career Services’ website to began researching careers.

• Start developing relationships with professors; meeting with them during office hours.

Attend Career Events (e.g.The inside Scoop, Job Fairs, Pre-Law Day).

• Register in Handshake online job posting system (update each semester).

• Review your first year. What sparked an interest? What did you learn about yourself regarding majors and careers?

• Visit student clubs and groups to explore what they do

• Connect with Volunteer Services for opportunities

•Complete your Osprey Impact Profile


Second Year: Confirm Major & Complete Prerequisites

As you start your second year, you typically have a better understanding of your academic abilities; but you may have discovered that your interests have changed or that you need more information. While you continue with activities from the first year, here are some additional things to focus on:


• Register for "EDG 2000 Career Planning and Professional Success" and earn 3 elective credit hours while planning your career and preparing for the world of work. 

• Research potential careers that match your academic major choice on the "What Can You Do With A UNF Major In...?" websites.

• Utilize the Career Services Website to read about potential occupations and careers

• Talk with professionals in your career field(s) of interest. Informational interviews are great ways to learn about potential careers.

• Join student clubs/organizations related to your major to network and grow in your field.

• Start gaining some work experience through part-time jobs and internships. 

• Try out your career interests through volunteering.

• Explore study abroad options as an experience for building life and workplace skills.

• Attend Job Fairs and begin building your professional career network


Third Year: Develop Employability Skills And Gain Relevant Work Experience

By this point, you should be in the “Career Implementation” phase of the career planning process, which includes making sure you are on track academically while gaining work experience related to your major and career interests.


• Register for "SLS 3408 Employability Skills and Career Success" and earn 3 elective credit hours while learning how to plan, organize, and implement a comprehensive job search.

• Meet with your College's Career Center staff to develop your career action plan.

• Secure an internship or cooperative education position to get experience, develop skills, and build your resume.

• Develop a targeted resume that outlines your qualifications and skills for potential employers.

• Develop your job interview skills through preparation and practice interviews (InterviewStream)

• Begin developing your network of career related references for your job search or graduate school applications.

Network with professionals in your fields of interest and establish contacts for future job openings.

• Join student organizations that build communication and human relations skills (i.e. Toastmasters).

• Participate in on-campus recruiting activities to meet with potential employers

• Attend Job Fairs and meet with employer representatives to discuss career and job opportunities

• Take required tests (i.e. GRE, LSAT, MCAT) for graduate or professional schools.

Fourth Year: Commence the Job Search Process

Now, you can apply all of the career development activities you engaged in the first three years to your job search plan and get the job you want.

• Register for "SLS 3408 Employability Skills and Career Success" and earn 3 elective credit hours while learning how to plan, organize, and implement a comprehensive job search.

• Meet with your College's Career Center staff to develop your job search plan.

• Attend additional Career events.

• Review and update your resume to ensure it targets your career interests.

•Prepare for job interviews.

•Develop your job interview skills through practice interviews (InterviewStream)

• Update your profile in Handshake to fully maximize recruiting programs and services.

• Seek job openings related to your career interests.

Research companies with job opportunities related to your career interests and attend job fairs to meet with employer representatives   

•Build your professional and career network of contacts.

•Utilize social media to expand your network

• Complete appropriate steps for applying to Graduate/Professional Schools.  Remember, the application process for some schools could take up to a year.

• Obtain a copy of The Job Search Guide, providing tips, information and resources for transitioning smoothly from college into your chosen career.