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Knowledge about different career options will assist in clarifying your educational plan and career goals.

In the Planning phase you should have earned 31-45 credit hours.

Objectives During the Planning Phase

Solidify an academic plan and a career path that match personality, interests, skills, and values. Identify an educational programs that align with career interests.


  • Review all information gathered during your Discover and Explore stages.

Identify educational programs that align with career interests.

What Actions Can You Take in the Planning Phase?

  • Review your academic plan with your academic advisor
  • Consider some elective courses to expand your employment marketability
  • Identify career options within your field of interest and gain an understanding of the transferable skills needed
  • Demonstrate leadership, teamwork, and self-discipline that’s measurable by taking an active role in campus activities and clubs
  • Consult with your program coordinator about an internship learning plan or available internships
  • Start building your professional contacts through attending networking events related to your field of study
  • Edit your social media profiles to remove any questionable content that could sabotage your employment opportunities
  • Complete several mock interviews
  • Explore job shadowing or volunteering opportunities
  • Update your resume and complete a cover letter template that you can customize
  • Use Handshake to explore job and internship opportunities
  • Update your LinkedIn account
  • Update your profile data and resume online as needed
  • Refine your elevator pitch
  • Attend the transfer and career fairs

Meet with a Career Specialist

Career specialists will assist you with your career planning phase.

Schedule an appointment with a Career Specialist

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