2nd Year – Preparing

A forward-looking year that:

  • Narrows your study and major/minor courses and extracurricular activities
  • Identifies potential organizations for extracurricular involvement
  • Begins collecting information for resume input

Academics

  • Continue to do well as you begin to focus more on your major and minor courses
  • Assess your progress in light of program requirements (GPA expectations, upcoming platform requirements, etc.) using the Academic Resource Center to help
  • Maintain a time management schedule to complete all assignments and projects
  • Reestablish an appropriate quiet place to study with minimum distractions
  • Sharpen your study skills and test-taking strategies to strengthen your GPA
  • Meet regularly with your teachers to ensure academic success
  • If applicable, determine with your advisor an appropriate minor to complement your major, abilities, and interests
  • Discuss career goals with your parents, pastor, and faculty advisor in light of your academic performance and the potential need to change your major.
  • Review internship opportunities with your program chair

Abilities and Interests

  • Confirm your abilities by earning above-average grades in your major-related courses
  • Review company profiles in Career Central to identify your favorite employers
  • Consider taking the Strong Interest Inventory available at Career Services and the Academic Resource Center
  • Participate in activities and jobs related to your career options to confirm your abilities and interests
  • Seek godly counsel to sort out God’s will for your life in light of your abilities and interests
  • Broaden your interests and abilities by excelling in your liberal arts core courses

Extracurricular Activities

  • Determine appropriate volunteer activities in which to become actively involved and keep your involvement in balance with your academic studies
  • Volunteer for opportunities to develop your leadership and communication skills
  • Be actively involved in local ministries exercising what you learned in the classroom
  • Participate in a variety of speech, music, drama, athletic, and social events

Career-related Experiences

  • Begin networking with recruiters to learn more about opportunities and browse Career Central for internship ideas
  • Consider doing internships and career-related part-time jobs during the school year and breaks
  • Discuss academic and non-academic internship opportunities with your advisor and division chair
  • Watch the weekly intranet recruiter schedule and visit with recruiters who have open hours in the Student Center Interview Offices
  • Attend major recruiting events that provide opportunity for a multitude of networking contacts
  • Begin collecting information for your resume and items for an interview portfolio by keeping track of your volunteer, extracurricular, and employment experiences
  • Begin establishing a list of individuals who may become future references

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