College Career Path
The years spent at Simpson are an ideal time to discover your life calling and career path. Career Services can assist you throughout your time here with guidance and resources to make your preparation for you future as focused as possible. Here is a checklist of things that you can do to ease into thinking about your future vocation and develop a systematic plan that will help you achieve your career goals. Take the initiative to plan for your future – we are here to help you!
- Meet with the career counselor to help clearly identify your interests.
- Set up accounts with Optimal Resume and Focus Career Assessment and familiarize yourself with what they have to offer.
- Review your Strengths Quest results from Freshman Year Experience and discover your Top 5 Strengths for Life & Career Planning.
- Talk with professors and upper-class students about college, majors and careers.
- Try new and different courses or activities.
- Discover your SHAPE:
- Spiritual Gifts
- Heart Passions
- Abilities and Talents
- Personality and Temperament
- Experience and Education
- Discover your personality type and career fields that are most fulfilling for people like you.
- Continue to update your resume and portfolio on Optimal Resume.
- If you haven't yet, make an account with FOCUS, our online self-assessment tool and explore career options.
- Make a special effort to get to know some of your professors better.
- Try to obtain a career-related part-time or summer employment opportunity.
- Continue to develop your abilities by getting involved in an internship, volunteer work or other extracurricular activities that relate to your career interests.
- Work with the career counselor to relate values, interests and abilities to career options.
- Contact Career Services for assistance with resume & cover letter preparation.
- Develop your interviewing skills and practice them in a mock interview or in Optimal Resume's Interview Preparation Module.
- Consider adding a double major, minor, or concentration to strengthen your options.
- Find a career mentor.
- Consult with your faculty advisor to ensure that you are on track for graduation.
- Summarize and analyze all of your experiences in the past four/five years.
- Make sure that you have created a professional looking resume and cover letter with Optimal Resume.
- Get at least five letters of reference from employers, professors, mentors, etc.
- Are you going to graduate school? Do you need help with GRE preparation and the application process? Contact Career Services for guidance.
- Have you discovered your SHAPE, your life plan, your career path?
- How are your interviewing skills? Practice video interviews on Optimal Resume.
- Stop in to see the career counselor for any last minute suggestions!
- Take advantage of the Career Services you missed out on during your college years.
- Consider becoming a career mentor for other students who would benefit from your work experience.