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Career Development Timeline

As you pursue your career at Buffalo State College, this timeline can be a useful guide to establish goals, make effective decisions, and gain employment and/or admission to graduate school. These are suggested activities to engage in your career development; the order in which you follow the guidelines below is not sequential or absolute. For additional career advice and support, please contact the Career Development Center (CDC).

Freshman Year

  • Develop effective career decision-making skills by learning more about yourself and researching majors and careers.
  • Use DISCOVER, an online career inventory, to learn about your interests, abilities, and values.
  • Register for UNC 111: Career Planning in Theory and Practice, a course designed to help you choose a major/career.
  • Learn more about what you can do with your major by visiting the CDC Career Resource Library and using the CDC website resources.
  • Take classes that seem interesting to you, since interests can be a good indicator of career satisfaction.
  • Write your first resume by attending a CDC resume writing workshop or using CDC website resources.
  • Search for part-time and summer opportunities through ORCA, the Online Resource for Career Advancement; located on the CDC website. Part-time and summer employment is a great way to explore your interests, develop skills, and make money.
  • Explore volunteer opportunities and register for service-learning courses which help you get experience and get involved, while giving back to the community.
  • Participate in academic clubs, student organizations, or other campus activities to gain skills, meet people, and become more connected with BSC.

Sophomore Year

  • Research majors of interest using the CDC Career Resource Library or web resources.
  • Investigate careers related to the majors you are considering.
  • Meet with faculty members to learn more about your major of interest.
  • Talk to professionals to learn more about careers that interest you.
  • Gain work-related skills through part-time and summer employment.
  • Volunteer in the community and become involved in student organizations to develop leadership skills and get experience related to your career/major.
  • Begin researching departmental requirements for internships.
  • Update your resume highlighting your new experiences and skills.
  • Evaluate and confirm your tentative major/career decision.
  • Meet with a career counselor to help you clarify your major/career decision.

Junior Year

  • Determine the skills employers are seeking and identify experiences outside of the classroom to develop those relevant skills. The CDC can help with this.
  • Diversify your experiences through part-time and summer jobs, internships, volunteering and student organizations to help further develop professional skills.
  • Secure an internship to gain relevant work experience or apply for a summer research fellowship, if you are planning to attend graduate/professional school.
  • Explore the requirements and qualifications for jobs in your desired field.
  • Investigate graduate or professional degree requirements in your field.
  • Research potential graduate school and professional programs of interest, including admissions requirements such as entrance exams (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT).
  • Update your resume to reflect new experiences and skills.
  • Attend cover letter writing workshops and use CDC website resources to write an effective cover letter.
  • Professionalize your image. Make sure you have a professional e-mail address, voicemail and Facebook page.

Senior Year

  • Gain and expand work-related skills by seeking additional experiences and employment opportunities outside of the classroom.
  • Understand and connect your experiences and knowledge to the requirements and qualifications for the jobs in your desired field.
  • Utilize the CDC’s job posting site, ORCA, to find a professional position.
  • Attend the CDC’s Job Search workshop and review our web resources to learn more about job searching techniques; particularly how to find advertised and unadvertised openings.
  • Update your resume and cover letter with related experiences.
  • Learn interviewing strategies by attending the interviewing workshop, scheduling a mock interview and/or using CDC website resources.
  • Meet with a career counselor to have your resume and cover letter critiqued.
  • Attend job fairs and check out the CDC’s website to learn more about employers coming to campus.
  • Attend Graduate School and Law School Fairs to meet with local, national, and international graduate and professional school recruiters.
  • Review admissions requirements and deadlines for desired graduate school programs.
  • Meet with a career counselor to review your personal statement, letter of intent, or resume for graduate school.
  • Join professional networking sites such as LinkedIn or the Buffalo State Alumni Association Community to increase your chances of finding a job and to learn more about your career field.

Career Development Center

Buffalo State College  •  1300 Elmwood Avenue  •  Cleveland Hall 306
Buffalo, New York 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5811  •  Fax: (716) 878-3152