Career Planning

4 Year Plan

Make the most of your time in college and take concrete steps each year to achieve your career goals. Career Services & Leadership Development is available to assist you in each stage of this process.

  • Activate your account and build your profile.
  • Start meeting other students and building a network. Get involved in student organizations, residence life activities and community events that interest you.
  • Service-oriented? Visit the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) office for service-learning projects/classes and other ways to become involved in the community.
  • If you are unsure of how your strengths, abilities and interests translate into the world of work, contact CSLD to take the Strong Interest Inventory and/or StrengthsFinder test. Meet with a career counselor to review the results and get started on a plan.
  • Reflect on and write down your past jobs, awards, class projects and other items that will help you build a resume.
  • Gain practical experience by getting a summer job or internship related to your possible major or career interests. Visit for job and internship postings, on and off campus.
  • with a Career Counselor.
  • Choose your major and narrow down your career direction. with a career counselor to discuss your major and career goals.
  • Conduct job shadowing experiences and/or informational interviews with professionals who are working in careers that you are considering.
  • Continue getting involved in extracurricular activities to develop leadership, teamwork and time management skills that employers value.
  • Create a profile on Linkedin to start building your network with SFSU alumni and other professionals.
  • Develop your resume and cover letter and have them critiqued by CSLD staff or Peer Career Advisors.
  • Search for internships using .
  • Prepare for interviews with Big Interview where you can learn interview techniques and practice with a Mock Interview. Have your Mock Interview critiqued by a career counselor.
  • Secure an internship in your career field. Visit Handshake for job and internship postings.
  • Employers are looking for candidates with strong communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. Highlight experiences in your resume and cover letter that have helped strengthen your skills in these areas.
  • Attend career fairs, networking events, and CSLD workshops. Talk with employers about job or internship opportunities and build your networking skills. Visit for a list of upcoming career fairs and events.
  • Update your profile on LinkedIn and continue your networking efforts.
  • Thinking about graduate school? Research application deadlines, graduate admission test requirements, upcoming test schedules and preparatory courses.
  • in the early fall to discuss your goals, develop a plan for your job search, and ensure transition-readiness.
  • If applicable, take graduate school admission test(s) and apply to graduate schools.
  • Assemble a professional portfolio that highlights significant accomplishments and experiences.
  • Refine & update your resume and cover letters.
  • Continue to practice interviewing with Big Interview and have a career counselor critique your mock interview.
  • Attend career fairs, networking events, and CSLD workshops.
  • Network with SFSU alumni, family, friends, professors, and other professionals. Use LinkedIn as a networking tool, but do not neglect the value of face-to-face, personal networking.
  • Believe that your job search will be successful!


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San Francisco, CA 94132

Phone: (415) 338-1764


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Drop-In Hours: Monday - Friday,

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