First Year: Explore

The biggest emphasis of your first year in college is discovering who you are as an adult, what your passions are, and why you came to college in the first place. The following action items can help you take charge of this process, while developing your professional and academic self.

Set up an appointment with a career counselor to begin exploring your values, interests, personality, skills, and how they relate to majors and careers. 

  • To learn more about the Career Counseling process.
  • To set up an appointment, call 678-839-6431.
  • Explore your academic interests.
  • Learn about the majors at UWG.
  • Read the UWG Catalog descriptions of courses for each major.
  • Talk to professors, academic advisors, and/or professionals in the field.
  • Start exploring career interests.
  • Check out OOH to read about a variety of careers.
  • Take the FOCUS2 assessment to learn about careers that may be a good fit.
  • Begin performing informational interviews with professionals in various fields.
  • Begin gaining work experience.
  • Create a resume using the Office of Career and Graduate School Connections guidelines.
  • Register with Handshake to find off-campus, and summer work experiences.
  • Get involved in campus activities to feel more connected to college life, gain knowledge of your interests, and build your resume.
  • Study hard!
  • Keep your grades as high as possible to stay motivated and increase future opportunities.
  • Seek out Center for Academic Success support as needed

Second Year: Experience

(Start or continue prior steps as needed.)

During the second year of college, your self-exploration continues to deepen and refine as you see what fits and what doesn’t through continuing to explore new career options.

  • Develop/update your LinkedIn profile.
  • Use to brand yourself and identify professionals in the field for informational interviewing, networking, and job shadowing opportunities.
  • Join LinkedIn groups related to your fields of interest.
  • Use what you have learned from the Career Counseling process to refine and narrow your career interests.
  • Continue performing informational interviews with professionals in in fields you are strongly considering.
  • Set up a career shadowing experience to experience first-hand what a day in the life is like in your professions of interest.
  • Continue to be involved in organizations that interest you, and consider obtaining a leadership position.
  • Write/update your resume.
  • Utilize the Office of Career and Graduate School Connections resume appointments (call 678-839-6431678-839-6431) and Resume Guide to create an effective resume.
  • Update profile in Handshake and upload updated resume
  • Gain experience related to your career interests.
  • Use Handshake, professors, and networking to search internship opportunities, part-time, on-campus, or summer work experiences that relate to your field of interest.
  • Make an appointment in the Office of Career and Graduate School Connections for guidance on developing your internship search strategy.
  • Attend the Office of Career and Graduate School Connections Career Events, such as career fairs, panels, and employer information sessions.
  • Consider participating in Study Abroad.
  • Declare your major.
  • Develop your interviewing skills.
  • Complete an on-line mock interview with OptimalResume to develop your interviewing skills for on campus/off campus work positions.
  • Develop your “30-second elevator speech”.

Third Year: Prepare

Revisit prior steps as needed

Generally, the third year of college is about you narrowing career options through experience and intentionally developing and preparing to become who you plan to become as a professional, once you graduate.

  • Continue to investigate career options through targeted experience and research.
  • Pursue internship opportunities for Spring and Summer, related to your chosen field.
  • Seek out career related experience through the Student Employment program.
  • Either validate or adjust your previous career/academic plan.
  • Expand your network.
  • Attend workshops about networking and interviewing.
  • Develop your target list of employers and begin outreach.
  • Take full advantage of career fairs, campus speakers, and campus events.
  • Utilize LinkedIn to network with potential employers in your field.
  • Research graduate/professional school.
  • Meet with a career counselor to discuss motivations, benefits, and drawbacks of continuing your education.
  • Research programs for requirements, fit, and application timelines.
  • Begin to prepare for the post-graduation transition.
  • Meet with a career development specialist or career counselor for guidance.
  • Talk with supervisors, faculty, and key leaders about serving as references.
  • Continue to pursue leadership opportunities on campus and in class.
  • Have your resume and cover letter reviewed by the

Fourth Year: Transition

Revisit steps in prior phases as needed

The last year of college is all about ensuring that you are prepared to transition from UWG into the next phase of the career process, whether that is heading into the world of work or off to graduate/professional school.  
  • Preparing for graduate/professional school
  • Take necessary graduate school admission tests not taken in your junior year (GRE, LSAT, GMAT).
  • Apply to programs.
  • Develop your job search plan.
  • Meet with the Office of Career and Graduate School Connections to develop a job search strategy, including reviewing your resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, and target companies.
  • Attend the Office of Career and Graduate School Connections Events on job searching, job fairs, and networking.
  • Participate in recruitment activities, such as on campus interviews, available through the Office of Career and Graduate School Connections.
  • Continue to build and keep in touch with your network and references.
  • Gain more career related, applied experiences by seeking internships and/or part time employment in your chosen field.
  • Interview for positions, GRADUATE, and celebrate your success!!!!