Junior Year - Experience
Continue maintaining a good GPA (particularly if you are interested in graduate school)
You will begin taking upper division courses in your major, which are more in-depth and have greater challenges and rigor. Adjust your study and time management habits to meet these increased expectations. Ask your professors about the best ways to study for their class and prepare for tests early in the quarter. For subjects you are particularly interested in, ask what resources they recommend for further research.
Continue to build relationships with advisors and professors, especially in your major
Faculty and staff are great people to help you stay on track with graduation and major requirements, learn about valuable resources, academic policies, and opportunities to get involved outside of class! You can develop these relationships by meeting regularly with your faculty advisor to check in on your academic planning and success, and other activities to enhance your time at Western. Ask questions during class and offer comments in class discussions. Visit professor's office hours in your major and talk about career opportunities in the field!
Take a leadership role
Become a leader on campus or in the community. Participate in campus clubs and organizations, or volunteer for community organizations you are passionate about.
Leadership roles are a great way to develop skills attractive to employers, such as: communication, teamwork, organization, professionalism, dependability, passion, and creativity.
Join and attend student professional organizations
Membership in a professional organization as a student has great benefits, such as: cutting-edge information about your field of interest, networking opportunities, access to conferences and publications, and—best of all—you may have access to research opportunities and career posting! (Not to mention, it looks great on a resume!)
Find professional organizations related to your major or field interest on the Career Services Center webpage, "What can I do with a major in…?".
Seek out a relevant internship to match career interests
Internships are an excellent opportunity to develop employable skills, expand your resume, and network with potential employers. You may discover what you might want from a future career. To search for internships, use the Career Services Center website, attend any quarterly career fair, check with your major department for postings, meet with a career counselor, and/or check postings through professional organizations.
Connect with the Career Services Center for help with resume writing and interview skills
Having a strong resume that highlights your skills is a very important step in the job search process. Next, you need to know how to market yourself and impress an employer in an interview!
Career Services Center offers workshops and one-on-one appointments to help you with these job search elements. They even offer mock interviews to help you practice your skills and see yourself on video! Schedule an appointment or attend a workshop.
Network with career professionals at career fairs and other events
Getting a job can often be about who you know. Make sure you are networking or 'getting to know' career professionals that may lead to job opportunities. The Career Services Center offers workshops to help you learn the skills of networking and how to prepare for networking at career fairs. Check out the Career Services events calendar to identify your networking opportunities