Career Development Center

Career Planning

4 Year College to Career Timeline

Don't Wait Until You Graduate! The following timeline offers ideas and activities for undergraduates wishing to pursue an ongoing academic and career development plan during their four years at Rivier University.  Start now taking steps towards making informed and effective career decisions.

Freshman Year 
Learn About Myself 

Sophomore Year
Explore Interesting Careers

Junior Year
Gain Practical Experience

Senior Year
Take Action - Grad School or Job

For further assistance with your academic & career planning contact the Career Development Center on 1B Clement Street at (603) 897-8246.

FRESHMAN & SOPHOMORE YEARS
Get to Know Yourself & Explore Careers of Interest

Schedule an appointment with a Career Development Counselor - Visit us and become familiar with our career services.  We can offer you support when choosing or changing your academic major.  We may suggest a variety of self-assessment and career exploration tools, to help you discover careers that complement your unique personality profile. Let us help you navigate the Career Planning Process in order to make more informed and effective career decisions. 

Explore our Career Library - We house a variety of current resources detailing thousands of career fields and options.

Check out the CDC’s Homepage - Learn about our services and explore college majors, specific careers, and career exploration links.

Get to know your Academic Advisors, Department Directors, and Professors - They can provide academic and career-related advice, referrals, and contacts for gaining hands-on experience.

Get involved in Campus Organizations or the Community. Future employers love to see evidence of active extracurricular involvement on a resume. These activities can teach you leadership and organizational skills, and may also help you in choosing a career path.

Arrange a Job Shadow Day or Informational Interview in a field of interest - By speaking to or observing individuals who are employed in occupations of interest, you can discover the daily realities of their work life while learning how they got started in the field. We can help guide you on how to make contacts for the purpose of gathering this vital career information.

Attend a Career Fair - These fairs are especially valuable in making part-time and summer job or internship contacts with employers who can offer advice on employment trends and future job possibilities. As a member of the New Hampshire Council of Universities and Colleges (NHCUC), we co-sponsor an annual job fair in Manchester, NH.  Click on Career Fairs/Events for a current list of job fairs.

Begin to develop your Resume - Keep an ongoing record of achievements and skills developed in academic, co-curricular, service, internship and employment opportunities. They can transfer as job-related experience on a future resume. We offer resume writing tips and critiques. Begin to create a working portfolio .

Get a Part-Time Job, Summer Job, or Internship in a field that interests you - One of the best ways to evaluate your future satisfaction in a particular occupation is to get practical experience and develop career-related skills. You may discover you love the work or that it is not suited for you at all.  The CDC posts part-time, summer, temporary, and non-degree positions as well as internship listings in many fields.  You'll find these listings on the CDC website.

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JUNIOR YEAR
Gain Career Related Experience

Evaluate your Career Alternatives – If you are still unsure about your academic major or career path, consult your academic advisor or one of our career counselors to firm up your career plans. We can help you list tentative goals, weigh options, and make preliminary decisions.

Conduct Informational Interviews and Begin Networking - Interview 4-5 people who work in chosen fields as a way to gather first-hand career information, make employer contacts for future internships or jobs, and inquire about potential organizations of interest. This is also a great way to make yourself visible within your career field.

Gain Hands-On Experience in your field of interest - Employers strongly prefer candidates with career-related experience. This can be attained in various ways:

  • Take a leadership position in your student organization or club.
  • Do an internship to gain experience and make employer contacts.
  • Get a part-time or full-time job in your field – Check our listings.
  • Be a volunteer in your area of interest – it’s as valuable as paid experience.

Join Special Interest Groups related to your chosen field – These can be academic, community, or professional organizations which can help you gain knowledge and make potential internship or employment contacts in your field. We have resources available in the Career Development Center to help you identify these organizations.

Subscribe to Professional Journals – This type of literature often contains internship, networking, and job search information along with other valuable highlights of new developments in careers of interest. Student rates are often available and professors in your academic fields can offer more information on which journals are most relevant.

Formulate a Resume and Cover Letter – You will need a current, effective resume to apply for internships and to prepare for an upcoming job search. We have books, videos, and handouts in our office as well as an online Resume Writing Guide and Cover Letter Guide to assist you with this process.  We are also available by appointment to critique your resume.

Attend Career Fairs – These are excellent opportunities to make internship and full-time job connections. We co-sponsor an annual NHCUC job fair every year and publicize other local job fairs, open houses, and recruiting opportunities.  Check our Careers/Events page for current listings of events.

Talk with faculty about Graduate School Options – If  you're considering graduate school, academic advisors or faculty can offer information about your best options, when to apply and take graduate entrance exams, and scholarship/fellowship possibilities. You can conduct preliminary research on graduate programs using our Career Library or Grad School links.

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SENIOR YEAR
Prepare for Graduate School and/or Conduct a Job Search

Seek advice on Graduate School – Browse the Career Center’s Peterson’s Guides, graduate catalog files, and Grad School links, for detailed information concerning graduate and professional schools. Register to take graduate entrance exams. Seek advice from faculty and research the Career Library on how to write your personal statement and negotiate the application process.

Gather Letters of Recommendation - Seek letters of recommendation from internship/volunteer supervisors, faculty, employers, and community leaders who can attest to your character, work ethic, achievements, and qualifications related to your chosen field. These will be useful whether pursuing graduate school or full-time employment.

Prepare for an Active Job Search – Make an appointment with our career counseling staff so that we can tailor your search to a specific industry and geographic area of interest.  The CDC has resources to help you with your pursuit of employment.  Check our Job Search Strategies, Job Listings and Networking Skills links for employment positions and career planning information.  In addition, we offer personal assistance with the following job search strategies:

  • Resume, Cover Letters, and Portfolios
  • Job Interviewing – We offer mock interview practice sessions
  • Networking & Job Search Techniques
  • Job Fair Tips on making the most of a job fair

Research Employer information in the Career Library and on our website – Visit our office to view employer files for company/organization information. You can access certain industry directories through Regina Library and through our Research Employers & Industries link. 

Employer Recruitment – Watch for publicity from the Career Development Center offering opportunities to apply for positions and interview with local employers of interest.

Participate in a Career fair or Networking event – Attend our publicized job fairs & events to meet employers, practice networking skills, and discover employment opportunities. We co-sponsor the annual NHCUC Job Fair in Manchester, NH, visit our Career Fairs/Events page for more information.

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