Four-Year Career Development Model

Center for Career Development: A Four-Year Model

The Four-Year Model provides a solid foundation in the career development process and equips Curry College students to develop life long career-related skills and experiences. 

FIRST YEAR

(Orientation & Assessment)
The Center for Career Development supports first-year students with choosing or changing their major to a career path. Through individual appointments, class presentations, and the Career & Major Exploration course, students receive help mapping their interests to fulfilling career goals. 

Suggested Steps:
-Join EXP 1001 Major & Career Exploration Course.
-Complete online assessments.
-Begin navigating Curry Connect, Curry's online job and internship database. 
-Apply for on-campus positions.


SOPHOMORE YEAR

(Exploration & Development)
During students' sophomore year, the Center for Career Development assists students in exploring and preparing for an internship. Through the Introduction to Experiential Learning course, as well as individual appointments, the CCD helps to guide students towards participating in experiential learning activities. Students also begin to use Curry Connect, our online job and internship database, to explore available on- and off-campus internship opportunities. 

Suggested Steps:
-Begin internship research and planning.
-Create first draft of resume.
-Attend an internship panel.
-Join EXP 2340 Introduction to Experiential Learning.
-Attend the Career & Internship Fair.
-Participate in a Future Fridays Company Visit.

JUNIOR YEAR

(Gain Experience & Set Goals)
Important experiential learning activities occur in a students' junior year, including internships and study abroad. Students who have not yet participated in an internship by junior year are strongly encouraged to begin the process for searching and exploring internship opportunities. The Center for Career Development fosters opportunities for exploration through the annual Career & Internship Fair and semi-annual intern panels. In addition to internships and study abroad, students in their junior year are also encouraged to explore graduate school opportunities and to develop plans for achieving their educational goals.

Suggested Steps:
-Continue resume development.
-Apply to internships.
-Research study abroad opportunities.
-Explore graduation school options.
-Participate in a Future Fridays Company Visit.


SENIOR YEAR & bEYOND

(Implementation & Transition)
The Center for Career Development works closely with seniors to support them during this time of professional transition. Through individual appointments and the Career Development course, seniors can access important information to help them transition from student to professional. The Center for Career Development also provides opportunities for students to connect with employers through information sessions and on-campus interviews. Several major events are also available to seniors including the annual Career Fair and Senior Conference. Alumni one year out continue to receive unlimited career support during their crucial time of transition.

Suggested Steps:
-Revise and finalize an effective resume.
-Develop LinkedIn profile.
-Attend the Career & Internship Fair.
-Participate in the Senior Conference.
-Prepare for interviews and practice interview skills with a mock interview.
-Join EXP 2800 Career Development.




 
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The Experiential Education Program offers you an opportunity to gain valuable career experience while earning credit toward graduation.

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