Career Development Center Timeline for Success
First and Second Years:
- Start thinking about your skills, values, and interests. Meet in-person with a career
counselor in the Career Development Center for help in collecting your thoughts and
identifying your interests.
- Attend Career Development Center programs to check out various career fields and potential
majors. These programs can include: Living the Liberal Arts, Career Jam, Health Professions
Panel, or Multicultural Career Networking Reception. Log into My CDC Account to check for workshops and information sessions.
- Begin reading about work that intrigues you in the Exploration section of our Web page.
- Run your own customized list of advisors in our Career Advisor Network database. Meet with Career Advisors over breaks to learn about their work and get
leads for summer positions.
- Apply for the Job Shadowing Program early fall semester to spend a day in the workplace with an alumna/us during winter
- Develop and test out your skills by working with campus clubs and organization (e.g.,
if you're curious about journalism, start helping out at the Skidmore News).
- Browse through the internship listings in My CDC Account for local, national, and international listings. Stop into the Career Development
Center to have a career counselor show you the best resources for your interests.
- Begin drafting a resume. Keep detailed descriptions of all activities and jobs for
future inclusion on your resume as you constantly update it.
- Seek help from a career counselor or coach until you're happy with your resume(s).
Then ask a career counselor or coach to teach you about effective cover-letter writing.
- Reach any possible academic requirements for professions of interest, and work with academic advisors to make sure you're taking the best courses. Students interested in medical professions should open a file with the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) and meet with Shannon Rodriguez.
Junior Year :
- Take courses and choose projects that will expand knowledge and skills related to
your field(s) of interest. Consider coursework outside your major that will enhance
your marketability (e.g., if you are a sociology major with an interest in banking,
take some economics and business courses).
- Revisit the Career Advisor Network to see if there are any new volunteers to network with and nurture the relationships
you established previously.
- Shadow another alumna/us through the Job Shadowing Program. Arrange additional shadowing opportunities on your own.
- Do at least one more internship related to your field(s) of interest.
- Start thinking about soliciting references from professors and employers.
- Identify professional associations affiliated with your area(s) of interest. This
can be done by using the Encyclopedia of Associations (found in the Lucy Scribner
Library) or by doing a search on the Web. When you find an association that provides
useful career-related services to members (such as career literature, conferences,
newsletters, job listings, and membership directories), join as a student member. Besides
all the benefits of membership, this looks great on your resume!
- Rework and update your resume.
- If you're interested in applying to graduate school, pick up graduate admissions test application booklets in the Career Development Center and begin to research financial aid (scholarships and grants). Schedule a meeting with Shannon Rodriguez and faculty advisors.
Summer after Junior Year
(Note: The Career Development Center is open for business every summer)
- Wrap up your research of career fields and organizations of interest.
- Get in one more professional experiences to test the direction you're heading. Speak
with a career counselor if you're not sure.
- Rework and update your resume(s).
- Start compiling a list of networking contacts (Career Advisors, faculty, family and
friends) to approach for help with your job search. Join LinkedIn and Skidmore College
Career Connections for more networking.
- Compile general and application information about potential graduate programs.
Senior Year (Beginning in September)
- Apply for opportunities of interest through My CDC Account. Don't panic if you're not interested in any of the recruiters or listings — they
represent only a small portion of the employment picture.
- Check out the off-campus recruiting programs, such as the ECCD and CIC events held in major cities throughout the country, to
see if you'd like to apply for any interviews.
- Check Skidmore's job listing databases in My CDC Account, including jobs posted to Skidmore and to our consortium, LACN (Liberal Arts Career
Network), NIC (National Internships Consortium), and GoinGlobal.
- Network with Career Advisors as well as faculty, friends, family, former employers, and fellow members of the
professional association(s) you joined.
- Meet with a career counselor to develop an individualized job search plan (this is important).
- Take graduate school entrance exams and complete graduate school applications.