Exploration Checklist

First Year – Explore Careers

  • Assess your interests, values, and skills by visiting with a career counselor in Career Services.
  • Participate in Volunteer Events to build resume.
  • Participate in on-campus organizations to develop leadership skills and build resume.
  • Get familiar with Career Services.
  • Log into your Handshake account.
  • Seek career-related summer employment or job shadowing opportunities.
  • If Undeclared, consider registering for Troy 1102 “Career Exploration” Class.

Sophomore – Gain Experience

  • See Career Counselor to assist in identification and clarification of career options.
  • Choose a college major, if you have not already done so.
  • Explore part-time or on-campus employment in field(s) of interest.
  • Develop a resume for use in applying for internships and career-related summer employment. Have resume reviewed by Career Counselor or upload in Handshake for review.
  • Begin networking with employers by attending Career Fair.

Junior – Refine Skills

  • Conduct informational interviews with people currently working in your field of interest or shadow professionals.
  • Participate actively in career-related student organizations.
  • Attend the Fall and Spring Career Fairs and/or Psychology Fair (if applicable).
  • Begin networking via family and friends to make contacts in field of interest.
  • Conduct Mock Interview in Career Services Office.
  • Consider registering for Troy 3300 “Job Search Techniques” Class.

Senior – Finalize Plans

  • Revise resume and have it critiqued at Career Services.
  • Apply to Graduate or Professional school; visit the Writing Center to review your Personal Statement.
  • Participate in on-campus interviews coordinated by the Career Services Office.
  • Search and apply for jobs on Handshake.
  • Try to obtain 2 interviews per week.
  • Graduate with a job waiting! Inform Career Services of your job by emailing troycareer@troy.edu.
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