Graduating Student Checklist

Congratulations on reaching this final year of your undergraduate studies! As you focus on completing your degree, now is the time to be looking to the future—full-time employment or additional studies in graduate school. Employers heavily recruit college students during their senior year. Graduate schools look for candidates to apply for graduate school during their graduating year as well.The following checklist is provided to help you consider important steps in achieving your goals. Though it is not necessary to complete every step to succeed, it is helpful to accomplish a number of these milestones during your graduating year in order to be a good steward of your training and preparation.

Checklist for Employment

Check the following that you have initiated to gain employment.

Decide on your direction:

Create and polish your personal brand:

  • Assess your skills and strengths
    • What differentiates you as a potential employee?
    • What are your greatest strengths?
  • Polish your resume and e-mail it to careers@bju.edu for review
    • Resume meets general resume standardizations
    • Accurate information related in an aesthetically appealing format
    • Communicates quantifiable experience and strengths
  • Establish a list of references to supplement your resume
    • Choose three to five individuals to serve as your references
    • Secure their agreement to be listed as a reference
    • List their information on a separate sheet to be provided on request
    • Consider requesting a letter of reference for your portfolio
  • Collect documents and polish your portfolio
    • Create a complete LinkedIn profile
    • Upload portfolio documents using the Linked media feature
    • Login and update your Career Central profile
    • Upload a resume and other documents to create a Career Central portfolio

Connect with your personal network:

Apply for jobs:

  • Research company culture, news, management and hiring procedures
  • Tailor your resume to fit the desired job description
  • Submit and follow up on job applications with employers
  • Accept interviewing opportunities
  • Prepare for your interview using Career Services resources and more
  • Send thank you notes after each interview and follow post-interview etiquette

General Time Table for Securing Internships and Employment

Checklist for Graduate School

Check the following that you have initiated to gain graduate school acceptance.

Decide on your direction:

  • Research grad school and degree program options
  • Review the application process and deadlines
  • If possible, visit the grad school and meet program faculty
  • Prepare for and take related admission tests (GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT)
  • Seek godly counsel to make wise decisions on God’s leading
    • Get advice from family, pastor, professors, friends, alumni

Create and polish your personal brand:

  • Assess your skills and strengths
    • What differentiates you as a prospective student?
    • What are your greatest strengths?
  • Create a Statement of Purpose to use with your applications
    • Consult with professors for advice and fine-tuning
    • Review online examples and tips
  • Polish your resume and email it to careers@bju.edu for review
    • Resume meets general resume standardizations
    • Accurate information related in an aesthetically appealing format
    • Communicates quantifiable experience and strengths
  • Establish a list of references to supplement your resume & application
    • Choose three to five individuals to serve as your references
      • Professors who know you well
      • Someone who has earned the degree you are seeking
      • Someone with an advanced degree who has supervised you in a job or internship aligned with the graduate program you are pursuing
    • Secure their agreement to be listed as a reference
  • Collect documents and polish your portfolio
    • Create a complete LinkedIn profile
    • Upload portfolio documents using the LinkedIn media feature

Submit your application:

  • Complete and submit applications for enrollment
  • Submit additional documents (transcripts, etc.) as needed
  • Apply for graduate assistantships and other financial aid if needed

General Time Table for Gaining Grad School Acceptance