Events

Apr
21
Kick off Career Week with a Resume & Cover Letter Workshop Monday night in the Career Services Center. Read more
Apr
22
Join us on Tuesday night of Career Week for an Internship and Job Search Workshop. Read more
Apr
23
Ashland University students and alumni are encouraged to attend the... Read more
Apr
24
Join us on Thursday to conclude Career Week with a Business Attire Fashion Show. Read more

Four-Year Career Development Plan

The Four-Year Career Development Plan provides suggestions for ways Ashland University students can develop career-related skills and experience during each year of their time at Ashland University. With a little advanced planning, students can develop a solid resume and with a variety of experiences by graduation.

First Year - Imagine

Academic Career Personal/Social
  • Meet with your academic advisor and explore academic disciplines
  • Sign up for introductory elective courses that interest you
  • Talk with faculty and actively participate in class
  • Develop study and time management skills
  • Maintain a solid GPA
  • Meet with a CSC professional to work on your individualized four-year plan
  • Utilize Eagle Exploration to gain understanding of majors and careers
  • Explore web-based resources at www.ashland.edu/career and written materials in the Career Resource Library
  • Attend career-related events/workshops
  • Develop your resume and seek a part-time job, summer job and/or volunteer opportunities
  • Join at least one of Ashland University’s student organizations
  • Maintain a balanced school/social life
  • Attend student programs on campus
  • Attend sporting events on campus
  • Join a mentoring program such as SOAR

Second Year- Investigate

Academic Career Personal/Social
  • Learn about career options for academic majors through the CSC, faculty and academic advisors
  • Confirm your major
  • Seek assistance developing an academic plan with your academic advisor according to degree requirements
  • Maintain a solid GPA
  • Consider adding a minor, certificate or endorsement to your academic plan
  • Attend career programs related to resume and cover letter writing, interviewing and internship searching through the CSC
  • Meet with a Career Specialist to research internship and summer job opportunities
  • Interview and job shadow professionals in the field related to your area of interest
  • Consider the possibility of graduate or professional school
  • Join a professional organization related to your major
  • Review and reaffirm your values, interests, skills and abilities
  • Participate in volunteer opportunities on campus or within your community
  • Consider the benefits of studying abroad

Third Year - Interact

Academic Career Personal/Social
  • Consider adding a minor, certificate or endorsement to your academic plan if you have not done so already
  • Participate in an internship experience
  • Meet with your academic advisor to make sure you are still on the right track to graduation
  • Maintain solid GPA
  • Begin graduate school application process and entrance exams if applicable
  • Research companies/work environments
  • Attend career programs sponsored by the CSC and other departments
  • Revise resume and have critiqued by CSC
  • Network with faculty, staff and employers
  • Discuss your career plan with CSC staff and academic advisor as well as faculty
  • Develop a list of professional references
  • Participate in a mock interview to gain competitive edge
  • Start exploring choices after graduation
  • Continue practical experiences through activities, employment and community involvement
  • Take on leadership roles in your student organizations
  • Practice stress management and time management techniques to maintain a healthy social and school life balance

Fourth Year - Implement

Academic Career Personal/Social
  • Meet with your academic advisor and confirm graduation status
  • Fill out all necessary graduation documentation
  • Fill out, request and send all necessary graduate school information , i.e., transcripts, financial aid, graduate assistant and scholarship applications
  • Request letters of recommendation from faculty members early in the year
  • Maintain solid GPA
  • Have your resume critiqued by a CSC staff member
  • Attend career fairs, participate in on-campus interviews and plan your job search strategy
  • Attend interviewing, resume and job search workshops in the CSC
  • Participate in a mock interview to gain competitive edge
  • Research possible companies/organizations/employment options
  • Notify CSC of any job offers
  • Join state and national professional organizations
  • Continue to assess personal and professional post-graduation goals
  • Utilize all services available through AU and continue to stay involved
  • Continue to establish and maintain relationships on campus and throughout the community
  • Respond to the “first employment destination” survey emailed from the CSC
  • Use CSC services throughout your career