Student Professional Development Center

What YOU Can Do

Parents are a primary resource and sounding board for students' career and educational decision making. The 4-year career action plan below outlines in detail the suggested steps students should take to ensure they maximize their knowledge and experience. Also included below are a number of brief articles detailing how parents can assist their college student in his or her career development as well as the transition from college to the world of work. Review the four-year action plan.

First-yearSophomoreJuniorSenior
Identify personal interests, abilities and values by taking one of our assessments Begin writing your resume Discuss career plans with your career advisor to ensure you are on the right track Attend Senior Class Meeting early in Fall semester
Explore majors and related career paths with a career advisor Identify interesting occupations and begin to conduct informational interviews  Expand your network and explore the Elon Mentor Network (a tab within EJN) for contacts with Elon alumni, parents and other friends of Elon Work with your career advisor to polish your resume and other job search and graduate school documents
Meet regularly with your academic advisor to discuss academic and career goals Declare a major and figure out what you want to do with it Enroll in a Transitions Strategies course (COE 310/375 and LSB 253) Consult with your academic advisor to confirm that you will meet all degree requirements
Concentrate on your studies and earn good grades Search for internship and job shadowing opportunities – register with the Elon Job Network Refine your resume to include all of your college experiences Visit the Registrar to complete an official degree audit
Get involved with a campus club or organization that interests you Volunteer! Complete an internship Seek employment by participating in career fairs, on-campus interviewing, and employer information sessions
Attend career exploration series and other career development events Take on leadership roles within your favorite club or organization Attend events sponsored by The Office of Career Services Utilize the Elon Job Network for job postings and the Elon Mentor Network (a tab within EJN) for networking contacts
Think about how you are going to complete the Experiential Learning Requirement Get to know professors within your major Complete a mock interview with a advisor, employer-in-residence, or Perfect Interview Research graduate and professional schools and take the appropriate admission tests
Give back to the community with the Kernodle Center for Service Learning Continue to meet with your academic advisor to make sure you are on track Join a professional organization in your field of study Complete your Experiential Learning Requirement
Plan early for career-related summer work Meet with your career advisor to begin developing a career plan Identify personal interests, abilities and values by taking one of our assessments Participate in mock interviews
  Apply for meaningful summer experiences, including internships and co-ops Continue taking on leadership positions at Elon Attend programs sponsored by The Office of Career Services
  Explore Study Abroad opportunities and plan for an international experience next year Continue to meet with your academic advisor to make sure you are on track Research industries and companies using resources on the Student Professional Development Center website
  Identify personal interests, abilities and values by taking one of our assessments Begin preparing for graduate school admission tests  
  Learn about graduate school opportunities Explore the world and study abroad  
  Attend events sponsored by The Office of Career Services    
  Network with your peers for future opportunities