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Senior Year Career Planning Checklist

1) Tell Us Your Career-specific Interests

Log on to Handshake Davidson's job and internship recruiting system, to designate the industries you'd like to hear from us about. Look for the link to "Your Career Interests" in the left-side menu on Handshake.

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2) Update and Confirm Your Career Direction

Start by taking career assessments through the Center for Career Development, which can help you discover careers that could best fit your interests, values, abilities and personality. Even if you know your path, a career assessment can help confirm your decision. 

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  • Take career assessments through the Center for Career Development. Call 704-894-2132 to schedule a meeting with a career adviser. 

3) Update and Strengthen Your Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

A strong résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV) is key to demonstrating your unique skills, leadership and work experience to employers and graduate schools. Stop by walk-in hours or make an appointment to review your résumé with a career adviser.

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4a) Secure a Job or Fellowship

Opportunities are posted throughout the year on WildcatLink and the Liberal Arts Career Natwork, as well as sites such as Career Development also maintains a long list of one- to two-year fellowship opportunities. Networking is the top source of jobs and should be a primary focus of your job search. Attend career events and see a career adviser to hone your networking skills and identify unique opportunities.

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4b) Secure Entrance into a Graduate or Professional School Program

Between 20 and 25 percent of students enroll in graduate school directly following their Davidson education, but many more apply and are accepted to graduate programs after working for one or more years. Work with faculty and career advisers on the graduate school selection and application process.

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5) Use LinkedIn and Make Connections

Time Commitment: 2-4 Hours

Continue to build a strong professional network that will last during your time at Davidson and beyond. Over 8,000 students and alumni use LinkedIn, and it is the primary tool for building your online, professional brand. Connect with students, alumni and other professionals who can help you better understand career paths and develop leads on jobs and other experiences.
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