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 Hire a Vandal and What Can I Do With This Major?

  • Second Year

    Investigate opportunities & possibilities

    Connect or re-connect and learn from those you know (or want to know).  This is a great way to collect information on careers, job expectations, and future opportunities; and to see if these are a good match for you.

    Research career options

    FOCUS, Occupational Outlook and eCIS are great to learn more about different careers, geographic locations, future hiring demand, qualifications, education requirements, and salaries. 

    Informational Interviews

    Candid Career provides informational interview videos with hundreds of different careers. Talk to a Career Center advisor on how to set up an informational interview. 

    Plan and set short-term career goals

    • Identify ways to develop your skills and gain experience (internships, volunteer work, leadership activities, service-learning classes, international experiences, study abroad, research or shadowing).
    • Develop a plan and timeline for obtaining needed skills and experiences.


    Experiential education and gaining experience

    Participate in experiential learning activities such as undergraduate research, service-learning, internships, part-time jobs, clubs and organizations, volunteering and leadership activities.  (Links to Hire a Vandal, Volunteer Center, Leadership Center, Research)

  • 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, 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 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