Start Planning Your Future Path
The Center for Career and Community Engagement is the hub for experiential learning at Earlham. We're here to guide and support you in shaping your unique Ten Year Mindset--before, during, and after your Earlham experience.
Use the tabs to the left to check out our Integrated Learning Guide and learn how to build the foundation for your future.
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1st Year: Explore
- Celebrate and continue developing the qualities that brought you to Earlham, such as critical thinking, leadership, interpersonal skills, and a desire to change the world around you.
- Meet with a Career Coach and your Academic Adviser to begin exploring your major and career options.
- Get involved in the community, residential life, student activities, etc. Attend convocations, sporting events, and theatre productions.
- Seek out work experiences, internships (be sure to consider EC sponsored internships), and volunteer positions in the community.
- Explore Earlham's website and learn about general education and graduation requirements, different majors, and off-campus study opportunities.
- Conduct informational interviews with juniors, seniors, and faculty in majors you're considering.
- Adjust to increased independence by developing new support networks and friends. Try joining clubs, teams, or other organizations.
2nd Year: Experience
- Major should be declared by your second year, in consultation with your Academic Adviser and Career Coach.
- Develop your resume as you participate in experiences such as internships and summer research experiences.
- Engage in opportunities that will help you to learn more about yourself, such as leadership conferences, research, and teaching experiences.
- Develop leadership skills (e.g. being a convener of a student organization, an Admissions Ambassador, a leader in a community project, etc.).
- Reflect on whether or not you wish to attend graduate/professional school. If applying for a fellowship, begin work on this process.
- Explore and participate in an off-campus study experience, if interested.
- Talk to your professors each semester to develop professional connections. Use AdviseStream to collect letters of recommendation from professors and supervisors from your employment, internship, and volunteer experiences.
3rd Year: Extend
- Seek out new connections that will help you grow both personally and professionally. Consistently update your LinkedIn profile and resume as you continue to network.
- If attending graduate or professional school, take time to explore programs. If applying for a fellowship, continue devoting time to this process.
- Seek opportunities to grow that push you outside your comfort zone, such as Dance Alloy, the Hult Prize competition, or an Earlham theatre production.
- Participate in a Ford-Knight project, internship, or research project, and consider presenting at the Earlham Annual Research Conference (ARC) or another regional conference.
- Attend information sessions on grad school, fellowships, and other post-graduate opportunities. For highly competitive fellowships, meet with the faculty adviser to work through ideas.
- Participate in an off-campus study program that matches your academic and/or personal interests.
- Continue to develop as a leader by taking on larger roles, such as becoming a Resident Assistant, joining Student Government, or becoming a student representative on a college-wide committee.
4th Year: Engage
- Think imaginatively and talk to a Career Coach about how you can prepare for life after Earlham. Be open-minded to the many paths available to you with a liberal arts degree.
- Reflect on key experiences and skills acquired through curricular/co-curricular experiences and share these thoughts with potential professional references.
- Update your resume and use LinkedIn to network with others in your field and connect to future opportunities.
- Leverage tools offered by the Center for Integrated Learning, such as resume reviews and mock interviews, in order to better tell your story.
- If applicable, finalize graduate/professional school and fellowship applications in early fall.
- Attend networking events such as the Alumni Connections Social to build relationships with alums and peers.
- Complete senior capstone and review your senior degree audit with your adviser.