The Career Map: Relieving Stress One Step At A Time

fresh startIf you’re anything like me, this is about the time where your mind starts to run 100 miles an hour. Although I’m interning and working this semester, I still dwell on the future and what it holds– for the rest of the spring, the summer, and the fall.

This is the prime time that, without fail, my brain starts to “freak out,” so to speak. Oh boy. Finding an internship or job can definitely be overwhelming. Maybe you’re a freshman and still unsure of what you want to major in, let alone what career path you want to take. Maybe you’re a senior and stressing out about applying to jobs and don’t know what to do next.

Whatever graduate class you’re in, I have news for you. There are so many resources right under our noses that can help our brains slow down and help our sanity return. We have the UD Career Services Center to thank for these resources and now we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

Not sure where to start? Let me break it down for you. 

Freshman–EXPLORE. If you are a freshman, congratulations! You officially finished your first semester of college and are one week into the adventure that is your first spring semester. As far as a career goes, it may not be on your radar and you may not know what direction you want to go in. That’s perfectly normal and finding a career path that’s right for you is just a few steps away. The first thing you may want to do is Assess your Skills, Personality, Interests, and Values.  This will help determine what major would be perfect for you. If you’ve already selected a major, check out the Major Resource Kits. Each kit focuses on a University of Delaware major, gives you career options, a description of the major, and ideas of what you can do with it. Also, you can’t go wrong with drafting a resume and getting it critiqued during CSC’s Drop-In Hours and meeting your liaison to talk more about your options and opportunities. Click here to make an appointment today.

Sophomore– ENGAGE. Now that you have an idea of what you’re pursuedreamsinterested in and what major you want to pursue, it’s time to start getting involved. Consider joining one of the many RSO’s on campus or volunteering at a local establishment. With your extra-curriculars and growing work experience, it’s time to update that resume. Stop by the Career Services Center any weekday between 2:00 & 4:00 for Drop-In Resume Hours; or, make an appointment with your liaison for a one-on-one session. Also, attending a workshop is beneficial to learning more about a specific skill or career path. Click here to find out when the workshops are.

Junior– EXPERIENCE. Can you believe it? We’re half way done college already. Time flies when you’re having fun and doing what you love to do, huh? Now that you’ve successfully complete two years and are starting to think about after college-life, attending career fairs and workshops will help jump-start your career. This is prime time to, if you haven’t already, start networking and looking for internships. The best way to network and expand your list of professional contacts is to join the Blue Hen Careers Network on LinkedIn.  Having your resume critiqued (Drop-In Resume Hours) and meeting with your Career Services Center liaison are also critical this semester. If you’ve started to consider grad school, this article helps break down the intimidating process.

motivationaludreamitjohnSenior– EXCEL. You’re almost there! With the finish line only a few months away, there are just a few things left on the agenda. Attend a Career Fair to network with professionals who could potentially hire you after you graduate. Networking is a big step in the right direction to help you land the job of your dreams. Utilize Blue Hen Careers to find internships, part-time, and full-time jobs that are perfect for you. The Blue Hen Careers database breaks the job postings down by majors, key words, and companies. This pamphlet is the perfect resource to keep in mind when searching for the perfect job. If you’re considering grad school, now is the time to start applying to the schools you’re interested in. This article helps break the process down and gives provides a checklist of what to do and when. As always, your CSC liaison is there to help, so schedule an appointment with them today by clicking here.

No matter what year you’re in or what your interests are, Career Services Center offers resources to help you find the perfect one and relieve any stress you may be feeling along the way. By knowing what’s out there and what information to focus on, you’ll be able to navigate your way right to your dream job.

Oh, P.S.– a prime time to network and make connections is to attend a Career Fair, like I previously mentioned. Next Thursday, February 27th, stop by the Bob Carpenter Center anytime between 11 am to 3pm for the Spring Career Fair! Attending is the perfect opportunity to meet the right professionals who will help you obtain future career success. More info here.

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Have any questions or comments? Did I leave something out that you think is important? Leave a comment below!



Keri Betters

Social Media Marketing Intern

University of Delaware Career Services


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