Professional Plan

Career Road Map

professional planYear One: Be CalledVerify your interests, values, skills, personality, and calling

  • Take interest and/or personality assessment
  • Choose a major, map out your courses
  • Get involved on campus
  • Choose a summer job or internship that will give you experience in a possible career.
  • Connect with Career Development on Facebook
  • Explore JBU Handshake

Year Two: Be EngagedDiscover connections, potential careers, and internships

  • Research 2-3 careers in depth
  • Become a student leader
  • Attend career workshops and employer/graduate school information sessions
  • Choose a summer job or internship that will give you experience in a possible career.
  • Research an organization you might like to work for upon graduation, and identify a job in that company matching your interests. Look at the skills and experiences that position requires. Identify ways to develop those skills and gain those experiences through internships, student leadership, and other preparation.
  • Consider graduate school

Year Three: Be Equipped Implement your skills through connections, workshops, and experiences

  • Apply for internships for summer or a full semester
  • Prepare an updated resume & have it reviewed by our Career Development Assistant
  • Create a LinkedIn Profile & ensure your social media presence is job-search appropriate
  • Join a professional network/association in your field
  • Begin Networking (aka making friends) & collecting contacts in your field
  • Identify preferred work settings and geographic locations
  • Explore graduate and professional schools and research funding options
  • Prepare for and possibly take the GRE, GMAT, MCAT or LSAT 

Year Four: Be Connected — Apply your skills & experiences, identify career objectives, and build your network

  • Identify target jobs, stepping stone jobs, fallback jobs and establish your job search goals/timeline. Note: it often takes 6-12 months to land a full-time professional job whether you attend JBU or another university. Therefore we recommend applying for jobs early in your senior year.
  • Fine tune your resumes & cover letters to specific job descriptions
  • Actively search for jobs [attend a Career Fair]
  • Informing your network you are seeking employment
  • Compiling good work references
  • Practice your interview skills (a Career Counselor can help with mock interviews)
  • Invest in professional attire
  • Prepare for and take the GRE, GMAT, MCAT or LSAT
  • Apply to graduate school and for assistantships/fellowships
  • Celebrate your new job with a note to all of your networking contacts regarding your new position. And stop by the CDC to let us know so we can celebrate with you! 

Beyond Graduation: Be Kingdom Focused — Strengthen your brand and pave the way [pay it forward]

  • Update your resumes & cover letters to with specifics
  • Add to your professional network
  • Join a professional association in your field
  • Participate in CDC workshops & events