Map out your future

May 082011
Authors: Allison Knaus

The birds are chirping, the weather is warmer and it’s finally getting close to that time of the year students look forward to: summer. For some CSU students, this means graduating and moving on to the next adventure in life.
Other students will come back to CSU in the fall. But to make sure they stay on track for graduation and ensure they have a career afterward, Christie Yeadon, a career counselor at the Career Center, said students can follow this checklist of what to do during their four years at CSU:

First Year:

Explore majors, interests, skills and values. If necessary, take a career assessment through the Career Center.
Join student organizations related to your major or areas of interest.

Begin documenting experiences in a resume.

Research and apply for summer internships and jobs.

Second Year:.

Declare your major or solidify your choice of major.

Get to know professors and build relationships with people who can be references.

Conduct informational interviews with professionals in your field of interest.

Check out career exploration resources on the Career Center’s homepage.

Third Year:

Join a professional organization related to your major as a student member.

Explore graduate school programs.

Learn how to market your skills to employers by researching job descriptions.

Gain a leadership position in a student organization on campus.

Network with friends, family and employers.

Fourth Year:

Start job searching early.

Take graduate school admission tests, write personal statements and be mindful of deadlines –– apply early.

Update your resume.

Ensure you are meeting final graduation requirements.

Attend career fairs to talk with employers about specific job opportunities.

Explore post-graduation living preferences.

Resources are available at CSU and the Career Center to ensure students are on track.

While checking off these suggestions is important, Career Counselor Andrea Karapas also stressed the importance
of “putting yourself out there.”

Internships, jobs, volunteering, practicums or any type of involvement are a crucial part of building a resume, according to Karapas.

“Any experiences related toyour major are excellent help in building relationships with people in your field,” she said.

Other important advice: Take advantage of leadership opportunities through student organizations on campus or around the Fort Collins community.

Being able to show an employer that you exemplify leadership capabilities and are able to balance school and an extracurricular activity shows good time management skills, Karapas added.

“Regardless of what you do, it’s important to stay connected with resources, meet new people and network,” Karapas said.

Staff writer Allison Knaus can be reached at

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