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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Four-Year Plan for Success

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/cdc/students/career/fouryearplan.html

Although the following information is setup in a 4-year format, we understand not everyone will follow a 4-year academic path. Our is to give you a list of career development, academic and extracurricular steps to be successful during college and after graduation. If you choose to participate in a number of experiences from this path, you will have lots of fun, meet a variety of people, learn a lot about yourself, and be prepared to find a job in an area that is a good fit for you. Please check out the path below to view our suggestions and then design your own path!

 

First Year

Self-Assessment: Start identifying your interests, abilities and values.

Career Development Center

  • Visit the CDC in WA 209 to learn about our services.
    • Assess your interests, abilities, personality, and values through the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
    • Identify possible majors and career fields.
    • Learn how to find out more about careers, make decisions, and set goals as well as exploring careers with the Career Resource Library.
  • Meet individually with a career counselor.
  • Take DISCOVER, the interactive, internet based career assessment and research system available free through the CDC.
  • Email Matt Carlson to sign up for MavTips, an email list for undeclared majors.
  • Read the Undeclared Major Handbook, available free in the CDC office.

Academic and Extracurricular

Second Year

Career Exploration: Narrow your choices of major and apply for admission to a specific MSU college.

Career Development Center

  • Asses your interests, abilities and values through the Strong Interest Inventory and the MBTI.
  • Take DISCOVER, an Internet based career development system available free through the CDC.
  • Meet individually with a career counselor to develop short-term and long-term goals.
  • Use the Internet to search for career information.
  • Pick up the Undeclared Majors Handbook in the CDC or on the web if you haven't already done so.
  • Pick up a Job Search Handbook or access it on the CDC website.
  • Visit the Career Resource Library to find out more about careers and majors that you are interested in.

Academic and Extracurricular

  • Continue to meet with academic advisors to discuss majors and department admission requirements.
  • Attend "Discovering Yourself" workshops offered by the Counseling Center on topics including: self-esteem, grief and loss, relationships, test anxiety, procrastination.
  • Register for the Decision-Making for Career and Life course through the Counseling and Student Personnel Department.
  • Consider a variety of courses to narrow down your choice of major.
  • Find career-related part-time work or a summer job.
  • Study Abroad
  • Mantain a strong GPA
  • Pick up the Counseling Center's "tip sheets" on common student concerns.

Third Year

Gaining Experience: Relate interests, abilities and values to possible career choices and gain experience.

Career Development Center

  • Register for mavjobs.com if you haven't already done so.
  • Meet individually with a career counselor to explore career options.
  • Participate in Career Days activities in the fall and spring.
  • Research Graduate Schools to find out about different programs that are offered, the admission requirements and how to apply.
  • Learn about self-managed credential files if you are an education major.
  • Check out internship vacancies on mavjobs.com.
  • Use the Internet and employer information in the CDC to research potential internship sites and employers.
  • Pick up a Job Search Handbook or access it on the CDC website.

Academic and Extracurricular

  • Apply for graduation at least one year prior to expected graduation date.
  • Begin to establish your personal network by connecting with professionals in your field of interest using your personal contacts, E-Mentoring through the Alumni Office
  • Focus on classes within your major
  • Study Abroad
  • Meet with your academic department's internship coordinator to find out requirements.
  • Join a professional and/or student organizations.
  • Take required entrance exams if you are considering graduate school. Start application process.
  • Find a career related part-time work or summerjob.
  • Do some community service or volunteerwork.

Fourth Year

The Job Search: Identify and apply for jobs or decide on graduate work.

Career Development Center

  • Identify and apply for jobs or decide on graduate work
  • Register for mavjobs.com (if you haven't already done so)
  • Prepare your self-managed credential files if you are an education major.
  • Write your resume. Use the Job Search Handbook to help you.
  • Meet individually with a career counselor to review your resume and cover letters and ask any questions you may have regarding the job search process.
  • Attend career and recruiting days that relate to your major to meet with prospective employers.
  • Register for the Minnesota State Universities Job Fair or MN Education Job Fair.
  • Check out vacancy listings on mavjobs.com and the Job Search & Links site.
  • Use the Internet and employer information in the CDC to research potential employers.
  • Participate in On-Campus Interviewing.
  • Complete an internship (if you haven't already done so)
  • Attend the Etiquette Dinner co-sponsored with the College of Business and Alumni Relations Office.

Academic and Extracurricular

  • Continue networking with professionals in your field of interest.
  • Meet with your advisor regarding graduation requirements.
  • Identify your references.
  • Stay active in the community and on campus as well as in professional organizations.