Develop Your Future Path
The Career Education Office is here to guide and support you in shaping and implementing your unique 10-year mindset.
Use the tabs to the left to check out our Integrated Learning Guide and learn how to build the foundation for your future while at Earlham.
Our office provides:
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1st Year: Explore
- Meet with a Career Adviser to begin exploring your major and career options.
- Complete MyPlan assessments to begin reflecting on who you are as an individual. Participate in at least one informational interview and/or job shadow experience.
- Create a resume that you can build on throughout your Earlham experience.
- Get involved in the community, residential life, student activities, etc. Begin planning for off-campus study (semester long or May Term), if interested.
- Seek out work experiences, internships (be sure to consider EC sponsored internships) and volunteer positions.
- Begin thinking about the steps you need to take to accomplish your future goals.
- Talk to a Career Adviser about the importance of building your professional network.
2nd Year: Experience
- Meet with a Career Adviser to determine an action plan that will help you achieve your goals.
- Major should be declared by your second year, in consultation with your Academic Adviser and a Career Adviser.
- Continue to develop your resume as you participate in additional experiences, acquire new skills, etc.
- Develop leadership skills (e.g. being a convener of a student organization, an RA, a leader in a community project, etc.).
- Consider research and teaching experiences. Engage in opportunities that will help you learn more about yourself.
- Reflect on whether or not you wish to attend graduate/professional school. If applying for a fellowship, begin work on this process.
- Create a LinkedIn profile and begin making personal and professional connections.
3rd Year: Connect
- Meet with a Career Adviser to evaluate your goals, in preparation for post-graduation planning.
- Immerse yourself in as many experiences as possible that align with your major and career interests.
- Determine where there are potential areas of improvement in your resume and be purposeful about seeking out new opportunities.
- Seek out new connections that will help you grow both personally and professionally.
- Push yourself to engage in a challenging experience.
- Think creatively about additional opportunities that can help you to develop your future goals.
- If attending graduate or professional school, take time to explore programs. If applying for a fellowship, continue devoting time to this process.
- Consistently update your LinkedIn profile and continue making new connections.
4th Year: Transfer
- Meet with a Career Adviser to learn how to most effectively transition to life after Earlham.
- Think imaginatively about how you can apply your academic major to life after Earlham. Be open-minded to the many paths available for you with a liberal arts degree.
- Make sure your resume highlights experiences and skills that align with opportunities you are seeking.
- Reflect on key experiences and skills acquired through curricular/co-curricular experiences and share these thoughts with potential professional references.
- Participate in a mock interview with a Career Adviser, in which you will be able to practice telling your "story."
- If applicable, finalize graduate/professional school and fellowship applications in early Fall.
- Utilize LinkedIn to network with others in your field and connect to future opportunities.