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

    • 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 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 Vandal CareerConnection 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 eCIS, 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 VCC profile and upload your cover letter(s) and resume(s) 
    • Research employers on VCC, eCIS and Vault
    • Start developing your professional presence and portfolio online (i.e. LinkedIn)

  • Fourth-Year

    • Discuss job search strategies with a career advisor 
    • Update your VCC 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