CAS360 Navigator - Junior
Junior Year is a time for putting plans into action! Research graduate school options, pursue internships, and develop stronger relationships with employers.
QUCC Is Your Connection
Update your QUCC profile and upload your most recent resume so it is ready when you begin to apply to jobs. Regularly check the CAS360 calendar and email updates for events and workshops that you can attend to begin developing your job search plan (job search skills, interview skills, personal branding, professional etiquette). Use the Mock Interview tool for additional practice!
Solidify Your Path
If you are still uncertain about your potential career paths ask your academic advisor and the director of career development for help. They can help provide additional resources, or even connect you with alumni or employers for job shadowing or informational interviews.
Study Away/Study Abroad experiences can happen at any time during your academic career, but junior year is a very popular choice! Study Abroad is a great way to build the global/intercultural fluency that is sought by employers. Successful study abroad/away experiences require careful planning, so start thinking about it well before you plan to participate.
Internships Open Doors
Even if your major doesn’t require one, consider pursuing an internship (or additional internships). Real-world experience is important no matter what you do next. Even if you intend to go directly to graduate school, internship experience will enhance your application and will have appeal to future employers.
Update your profile and make it to a goal to connect at least 75 connects at the end of the year. Use the “Quinnipiac College of Arts & Sciences” group, as well as your personal connections, to reach out to people in your network who might be able to help you make connections with potential internship and full-time employers.
Connect With Alumni
Find alumni through our Bobcat Connect tool, a dedicated online network where you can choose to mentor and be mentored through a “flash meeting” or for a longer, sustained period of time. Email the Alumni Office to request access to the QU’Net alumni directory. This is a great resource to search for QU alumni working in the fields you are interested in or who shared similar experiences here. Student access to the QU’Net platform is for juniors and seniors only. You can also connect with alumni through the CAS LinkedIn group, which is open to all CAS students.
Be Active At The Career Fair
Review the attendees and pick 10 employers to approach. Use QUCC to research them and prepare some questions and their organization and hiring needs. If you are actively seeking an internship, plan to approach at least 15 employers! Many employers like to convert college junior summer interns into full-time hires, so this is a great time to make a good impression!
Graduate School Planning
If you are planning on graduate or professional school, start early in the fall semester to explore programs, admission requirements and necessary testing. Check with career development for available practice testing (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT) if needed. Ideally you should start this process about one year before you plan to enroll.
Network In Person
LinkedIn is a fantastic tool, but don’t neglect opportunities to meet people face-to-face! Consider joining a local professional organization in your industry. Many host local networking opportunities for young professionals. Keep an eye on our event calendar for on-campus networking events.