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Career Roadmap: Don’t Wait Until You Graduate!

First and Second Years

During your first two years of study, try to explore curriculum and career options, develop academic skills through course work, and become involved in campus activities. Depending on your circumstances you may also be seeking some type of employment during this time. The Career Centre can help you explore your career and/or major. Take advantage of available resources to find out more about how your skills, interests, personality, and values match with potential career paths.

Resources:

  • Academic, Occupational and Career Resources in the Career Centre.
  • Schedule an appointment with the Career Counsellor through the Student Experience Portal.
  • Complete your résumé and book a résumé critique at the Career Centre so that you are prepared for summer or part-time employment opportunities.
  • Talk with people in different career fields. Consider registering for the Life After Trent: Mentoring Program.

Tips For Success:

  • Focus on good grades from the start; it is difficult to recover if you fall behind. If you are experiencing difficulty, contact Academic Skills right away.
  • Enroll in courses you enjoy.
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Develop skills through involvement in student organizations, part-time/summer work, and volunteer experiences.
  • Begin compiling a record of your achievements and skills.
  • During the summers, your jobs should help you develop a good work ethic, career-related skills, and key contacts for future job searches. Start your summer job search early, since many career-oriented summer jobs have early deadline dates.

Third Year

During this year, you will focus more on your career choices and gaining relevant experience.

Resources:

  • Check out the Trent Community Research Centre and the possibility of qualifying for a Community Research Placement Course.
  • Re-examine your career direction by conducting information interviews with professionals in your career field(s) of choice. Learn more about the Life After Trent: Mentoring Program.
  • Update your résumé, and continue to develop your career portfolio.
  • Investigate graduate/professional programs. Begin assembling information for graduate school applications.

Tips For Success:

  • Keep your grades up.
  • Get involved with your student associations or community groups, seeking leadership positions.
  • Gain work experience related to your major and career choice.
  • Begin planning for your final year by continuing to access services at the Career Centre.
  • If possible, choose a summer job related to your career direction.

Graduating Year

During your senior year, you will be further exploring careers and developing tools and strategies for the job and/ or graduate/professional school search.

Resources:

  • Schedule an appointment with the Career Counsellor through the Student Experience Portal to review your career path, polish your personal résumé, or conduct a mock interview in preparation for your job search.
  • Check out the job postings and recruitment campaigns on the Student Experience Portal on a regular basis.

Tips For Success:

  • Start your job search as soon as you return in September. Some full-time recruiting occurs between October and December.
  • Attend job seeking information sessions and career fairs.
  • Activate your personal network and conduct information interviews.
  • Research employers, organizations, and careers.
  • Participate in on-campus interviewing opportunities.