Career Plan Timeline

The Career Planning Timeline has something for all students, no matter what your major is or when you plan to graduate. It offers career-related ideas and suggestions you can take advantage of throughout your entire academic experience at the University of Idaho.

  • First-Year and Recent Transfers

    Discover and identify your areas of interests, abilities, and work values

    FOCUS and Idaho CIS are great tools for helping to identify your interests and abilities. There are also many other personality, interest and values assessments available on the Career, Major, & Personality Assessments page

    Career Preparation Activities for First Year and Recent Transfer Students
    • Understand and assess your strengths and limitations
      • How do you demonstrate and utilize your strengths?
      • How have you (or are you) working on addressing and/or overcoming limitations?
    • Explore different majors or affirm your major with a career advisor at the Career Center
    • Identify your interests and skills with free assessment tools (such as the FOCUS)
    • Participate in clubs, activities, and workshops
    • Attend job & internship fairs to practice talking with employers
    • Create or revise your resume
    • Learn about career resources such as Hire a Vandal and What Can I Do With This Major?
  • Second-Year

    • Explore career choices with an advisor and online
    • Consider internships in your academic plan
    • Update your resume and cover letter 
    • Build your career skills through one-on-one appointments or workshops 
    • Attend job & internship fairs to gain confidence when talking to employers
    • Begin an internship search for summer or junior year
    • Check out careers on  Idaho CIS, Vault and Candid Career
    • Take a 1-credit Career and Major Decision-Making class
    • Talk to the Career Center about setting up networking opportunities, job shadows or informational interviews with potential employers
    • Look for ways of getting involved in leadership activities on campus and in the community 

  • Third-Year

    • Fine tune a targeted resume or CV with a career advisor
    • Apply for an internship and start preparing for interviews
    • Attend job & internship fairs to sign up for interviews and network with employers
    • Consider attending graduate school and discuss application process and timeline
    • Build confidence through one-on-one appointments or workshops 
    • Develop your skills by participating in a mock interview 
    • Update your Hire a Vandal profile and upload your cover letter(s) and resume(s) 
    • Research employers on Hire a Vandal, Idaho CIS and Vault
    • Start developing your professional presence and portfolio online (i.e. LinkedIn)

  • Fourth-Year and Beyond

    • Discuss job search strategies with a career advisor 
    • Update your Hire a Vandal profile and upload your cover letter(s) and resume(s)
    • Schedule a mock interview to develop your skills and practice communicating the value you add 
    • Sign up for on-campus interviews and employer info sessions
    • Attend job and internship fairs to sign up for interviews and network with employers
    • Research companies and organizations to find the “best fit” for your next professional job