Four-Year Career Development Plan

The Four-Year Career Development Plan provides suggestions for ways Campbell University students can develop career-related skills and experience during each year of their time at Campbell University.

Development Plan by Year

Learn about career options, skills and steps needed to take to achieve career goals. 

Career Services

  1. Become familiar with Campbell’s Career Services
    • Visit Career Services website to learn about the services provided
    • Make an appointment with Career Services to discuss career goals
    • Attend a career workshop focused on Career Services, CUHired, and Major Exploration
  1. Create a CUHired account
  2. Start to get experience
    • Apply for an on-campus job via CUHired or find a job off campus
    • Volunteer within the Buies Creek community
    • Begin thinking about summer job/internship plans for the summer between junior and senior year
  1. Make a plan to achieve/develop Career Readiness skills
    • Creativity & Problem Solving
    • Oral & Written Communication
    • Teamwork & Collaboration
    • Information Technology Application
    • Leadership
    • Professionalism & Work Ethic
    • Career Management

Networking & Extracurricular Involvement 

  1. Get involved on campus
    • Join a student organization
    • Play intramural sports
  1. Begin to build your network
    • Meet with each of your professors outside of class at least twice during the semester
    • Meet upper-class students
    • Begin to identify and meet other Campbell faculty, staff, and alumni
    • Identify those who can provide support, feedback, and potential career connection
  1. Consider your online presence
    • Begin to think of your professional online presence- use LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. to share your goals and accomplishments
    • Portray yourself in the best possible light
Year One Plan

Learn about your future career through gaining knowledge and direct experience in your industry of choice.

Career Services

  1. Meet with Career Services to assess career goals and plans
    • Specifically internship plans for upcoming summer
    • Research job shadowing/internship opportunities
  1. Explore your career options
    • Attend workshops (Resumes, Internships, and Career Preparation), on-campus employment job fairs, and career fairs
    • Conduct research for further insight and understanding in your industry of interest
  1. Create a CUHired account if you have not already done so.
    • Search for on-campus employment, local, national, and international internship and employment opportunities
  1. Enroll in Junior Seminar
  2. Begin creating your first college resume
  1. Explore internship opportunities
    • CUHired
    • Departmental resources, i.e. professors
    • Career Fairs
    • Networking contacts
  1. Get experience
    • Obtain a relevant summer job or internship
    • Volunteer in your local community

Networking & Extracurricular Involvement

  1. Develop new networking relationships
    • Interact with Campbell alumni through CamelLink and on-campus events
    • Connect with your professor outside of the classroom
  1. Foster existing networking relationships
    • Stay in touch with former employers and favorite professors
    • Update important career-related contacts about your plans and progress
  1. Get involved on campus or within the community
    • Volunteer for short-term community service activities
    • Seek out a leadership position in a residence hall, campus organization, or class project
Year Two Plan

Learn identify skill gaps and areas of improvement to determine your ability for your career success.

Career Readiness Competencies:

  • Creativity & Problem Solving
  • Oral & Written Communication
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Information Technology Application
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism & Work Ethic
  • Career Management

Career Services

  1. Research employers in depth and narrow career interests
    • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in your field of study or career focus
    • Identify potential employers by attending Career Fairs and Inside the Industry events
  1. Attend career workshops on Professionalism, Internships, Interviewing, Resumes, and Cover Letters
  2. Enroll in Junior Seminar
  3. Obtain career related experience
    • Look for a summer job or internship, or create your own for class credit!
    • Participate in research projects
    • Seek out one or more job-shadowing experiences with professionals in your field
    • Contact professional organizations to identify opportunities
  1. Build your LinkedIn profile
  1. Create an internship focused resume
  1. Define your professional self
    • Begin to assemble a professional wardrobe
    • Learn business etiquette
    • Refine your online presence
    • Practice interview skills
    • Update voicemail and email account/signature
  1. Determine timelines for graduate school and professional program applications

Networking & Extracurricular Involvement 

  1. Identify a Mentor
    • Use CUHired, CamelLink, or LinkedIn to review potential contacts
    • Research professional associations and industry-specific organizations to join

2. Draft a plan for your first year after graduation

    • Think about your ideal work, lifestyle, proximity to friends and family, values, and longer term goals
    • Project financial needs and draft a realistic budget

3. Send ‘Thank You’ notes to your favorite professors, advisors, and supervisors.

Year Three Plan

Learn to increase your interviewing skills, understand the application processes, and meet with recruiters. 

Career Services

  1. Plan for and complete a final internship and/or work experience before or just after graduation
  2. Launch your job search strategy
    • Identify top employers and research employment opportunities
    • Identify potential hiring managers at target employers
    • Search advertised openings on CUHired and other job boards
  1. Create a career ready resume
  1. Create a professional portfolio, include:
    • An up-to-date resume
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Work/writing samples
    • Academic projects, research
  1. Refine your professional self
    • Develop a 30-second profile speech (who you are, what you want, what you have to offer)
    • Attend the Professionalism and Interviewing workshops
    • Schedule an mock interview with Career Services
  1. Submit your resume via CUHired and to your mentor to review.
  2. Obtain letters of recommendation/references
    • Ask professors who can speak to your strengths, talents, and work ethic
    • Provide self-addressed stamped envelopes or email addresses
  1. Follow guidelines for graduate schools and professional program entrance requirements and the application process
    • Schedule entrance exams, such as GRE, GMAT
    • Have you application essays reviewed by Career Services

9. Apply for jobs in your field!

Networking & Extracurricular Involvement

  1. Work your network
    • Attend alumni luncheons
    • Correspond with key contacts and announce your job search plans
    • Attend local and regional professional association conferences, events, and meetings
    • Identify sorority/fraternity/other organization alumni contacts and establish formal connections
  1. Attend Fall and Spring Career Fairs
    • Participate in Prepare for the Fair events
Year Four Plan