Career Planning

4 Year Plan

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

Ask:
Who am I? What am I good at? And, what do I enjoy?
Take Action:

  • Make an appointment with a Career Counselor to complete a career test that explores my interests, strengths and personality
  • Complete Major & Career Exploration Gator TRACS in iLearn or watch Major & Career Exploration webinar
  • Complete Personal Reflection Worksheet 
  • List your past jobs, awards, projects, experiences, etc. to build your resume - Resume Worksheet
  • Schedule a quick resume check with a Peer Career Ambassador M/W/F: 12-2pm & T/Th: 4-6pm
  • Activate your Handshake account & complete your profile
  • Join the Gator Leadership Circle Program 
  • Watch CSLD webinar Creating a LinkedIn Profile and join LinkedIn
  • Meet with an Undergraduate Academic Advisor from UAC to discuss majors and course selection
Graduate School:
  • Explore Graduate Schools
Reflection:
  • What new discovery did you learn about yourself as a college student?
  • Is graduate school required for your career path?

Ask:
What careers align with my values, interests, personality and strengths?
Take Action:

  • Make an appointment with a Career Counselor to have a focused session on majors and careers
  • Complete Major & Career Exploration Gator TRACS in iLearn or watch Major & Career Exploration webinar
  • Go to What Can I Do with This Major?, ONet, Occupational Outlook Handbook or Zippia to research common career pathways for a variety of majors
  • Use Handshake to research job titles and companies - consider searching for an internship related to your major
  • Join Gator Connect and LinkedIn to start building your network with SF State alumni and other professionals
  • Complete Networking Gator TRACSin iLearn or watch Professional Networking webinar
  • Conduct an informational interview or job shadow with someone in your field
  • Visit the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) to learn more about service-learning classes and academic internships
  • Volunteer or join a student club that aligns with your interests and continue getting involved to develop leadership, teamwork and time management skills that employers value
  • Attend CSLD employer recruiting events (i.e., employer info sessions or fairs)
  • Meet with an Undergraduate Academic Advisor to discuss majors and course selection
Graduate School:
  • Explore Graduate Schools
  • Learn more about graduate programs at SF State
Reflection:
  • What are 3 career paths that you found interesting?
  • Is graduate school required for your career path?

Ask:
What practical experiences will improve my skills and clarify my career goals?
Take Action:

  • Make an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss strategies for obtaining an internship
  • Update your resume and develop your elevator pitch
  • Complete Networking Gator TRACS in iLearn or watch Professional Networking webinar
  • Build your network and find a mentor on Gator Connect and LinkedIn
  • Create a Big Interview account to learn tips and complete video mock interviews
  • Attend CSLD employer recruiting events (i.e., employer info sessions or fairs)
  • Find an internship or part-time field-related job
  • Visit the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) to learn more about service-learning classes and academic internships
  • Take on a student leadership role on-campus or in your community
  • Join the President’s Leadership Fellows Program for juniors and seniors
  • Contact your College Resource Center for general advising and/or your Faculty Advisor/Dept. Website for major advising
Graduate School:
  • Complete research with faculty Research graduate/professional schools & admissions requirements
  • Develop a personal statement
  • Learn more about graduate programs at SF State
  • Meet with a Graduate Advisor to explore SF State programs & application process
Reflection:
  • What skills have you improved and what are your career or graduate school goals?
  • How do your experiences help build on your career readiness competencies?
Ask:
How will I implement my career plan?
Take Action:
  • Make an appointment with a Career Counselor to review all job application materials
  • Complete Job & Internship Gator TRACS in iLearn OR watch Job Search Strategies webinar
  • Present your strengths and career readiness competencies in your elevator pitch
  • Watch Perfecting the Interview webinar
  • Assemble a professional portfolio that highlights significant accomplishments, projects and experiences
  • Conduct mock interviews on Big Interview and have a career counselor critique your mock interview
  • Attend CSLD employer recruiting events (i.e., employer info sessions or fairs)
  • Reach out to those in your network; use platforms like Gator Connect and LinkedIn but do not neglect the value of face-to-face, personal networking
  • Join professional associations in your field
  • Contact your College Resource Center for general advising and/or your Faculty Advisor/Dept. Website for major advising
Graduate School:
  • Attend SF State graduate application workshops
  • Review & edit your application materials
  • Gather letters of recommendations
  • Prepare for admissions tests required of your program
Reflection:
  • What is going well in your job search?
  • What is not going well in your job search?
  • What adjustments do you need to make to your career or graduate school plans?
  • How do you continue to expand your professional development beyond your time at SF State?

CONTACT

Address: 1600 Holloway Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94132

Phone: (415) 338-1764

E-mail: csld@sfsu.edu

Hours: Monday - Friday

9 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Drop-In Hours: Monday - Friday,

1 P.M. - 3 P.M.

GENERAL LINKS

LOCATION

Student Services Building, Room 301