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).

First Year

  • Develop effective career decision-making skills by learning about yourself and researching majors and careers.
  • Use Focus, an online career assessment to learn more 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.
  • Take classes that seem interesting to you.
  • Use CDC resources to write your first resume.
  • Explore volunteer opportunities and service-learning courses.
  • Participate in clubs and organizations to gain skills, meet people and become more connected to Buffalo State.

Second Year

  • Research majors of interest using the CDC online resources.
  • Investigate careers related to the majors you are considering by watching our Candid Career videos.
  • Meet with faculty and professionals to learn more about your major or careers that you are interested in.
  • Begin researching departmental internship requirements.
  • Update your resume highlighting new skills and experiences.
  • Evaluate and confirm your tentative major/career decision.
  • Meet with a career counselor in the CDC to help clarify your major/career decision

Third Year

  • Determine the skills employers are seeking and identify experiences outside of the classroom to develop those skills.
  • Gain relevant experience to build job specific & professional skills (E.G. internships and research fellowships).
  • Explore the requirements and qualifications for jobs in your desired field./li>
  • Research potential graduate schools including admission requirements such as entrance exams (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT).
  • Professionalize your image. Make sure you have a professional email and voicemail.

Fourth Year

  • Understand and connect your experiences and knowledge to the requirements and qualifications for the jobs in your desired field.
  • Utilize CDC resources including ORCA and Career Shift to conduct your job search.
  • Schedule a mock interview to learn more about interviewing techniques.
  • Attend the Job and Internship Fair and the Graduate and Law School Fairs.
  • Meet with a career counselor to review your personal statement, and resume for graduate school.
  • Join LinkedIn to network and increase your chances of finding a job.


  • Meet with a career counselor at the CDC to have your resume, and cover letter critiqued or to learn about interview or job search techniques.
  • Diversify your experiences and search the CDC job posting site, ORCA to find part-time and summer jobs, volunteer work or internships.
  • Update your resume highlighting your new experiences and skills.
  • Attend CDC workshops to learn more about how to write an effective resume, cover letter or LinkedIn profile.

Career Development Center

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