Career Action Plan

Career planning is more than just finding a job; it is a multi-phased process that involves steps to be taken during your entire time at UAB. The following plan lays out these steps by class year, but please realize the steps could also be laid out in progressive phases, regardless of your classification. Begin these phases as early as possible to ensure your career/job goals are met.


Phase I or Freshman: Assess & Explore

Register with Career & Professional Development Services (CPDS) on DragonTrail Jobs
Take career inventories (will be required during your FYE class)
  ° Explore majors (includes all UAB majors)
  ° Explore suggested career areas that match your Inventory results
Learn UAB academic requirements behind each major you've chosen
Schedule a follow up meeting with your academic advisor to discuss findings on majors and related occupations
Begin exploring various occupations aligned with your interests, skills, and values
Other resources for exploration include the following:
  ° Occupational Outlook Handbook
  ° What Can I Do With A Major In...
  ° UAB's Sterne Library online resources
Talk with faculty, alumni, advisors and professionals in the field for further occupational information
Explore and join student and professional organizations
Start a journal or portfolio (clubs, activities, events, etc.) reflecting on experiences
Attend UAB career fairs, seminars, and events
Attend CPD part-time job fair
Make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss next steps

Phase II or Sophomore: Research & Prepare

Revisit all steps for freshmen as they apply to sophomores
Reflect on and adjust previous career/academic plan based on experiences & knowledge
Discuss with your academic advisor how your academic plan integrates with your career goal
Register for ECG 300, "Strategies for Effective Career Development"
Make an appointment with your career counselor to discuss career goals and appropriate experiential learning opportunities
Continue involvement in student organizations, community, civic and/or service leqarning opportunities
Develop your resume and upload it into DragonTrail Jobs
Begin a search for summer jobs/internships/co-ops (experiential learning opportunities)
Schedule a mock interview with CPD
Research requirements for graduate/professional school and begin studying for admission
Attend UAB's fall and/or spring career fairs

Phase III or Junior: Validate & Experience

Revisit all steps above as they apply to juniors
Update your resume in DragonTrail Jobs
Reflect on and adjust previous career/academic plan
Consult with your academic advisor to confirm degree requirements
Assume leadership roles in student organizations
Continue developing skills and relationships to increase your employability
Research careers thoroughly to target job options and career areas within the major that fit your career goals
Use community business forums and professional organizations for networking and information gathering
Attend all career seminars and events, some of which include the following:
  ° Resume Writing
  ° Interview Skills/Preparation
  ° Job Search Strategies
  ° Skills Employers Value
  ° Business Major Options
  ° Special programs-panels, etc.
Attend UAB's fall and spring career fairs
Begin application process fro graduate/professional school and take exams
Develop your target list of employers and begin outreach
Talk with supervisors, faculty, and key leaders about serving as references, providing them with a copy of your resume

Phase IV or Senior: Implement & Succeed

Revisit all steps above as they apply to seniors
Update your resume in DragonTrail Jobs
Reflect on career/academic plan
Meet with a career counselor to have all job search materials reviewed: positioning statement, cover letters, resumes, target lists, job search plan
Identify on- and off-campus interview opportunities
Schedule mock interview(s) to improve interview skills
Sign up for on-campus interviews through DragonTrail Jobs
Apply for jobs or entrance into graduate/professional schools
Gather information on salaries and relocating
Attend career fairs if needed
Cultivate job and graduate school offers and negotiate for the optimal fit
Continue to build and keep in touch with your network & references
Update or complete journal/portfolio entries
Contact UAB CPD to advise of employment

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