CAS Navigator - Sophomore
Sophomore year is a time for you to begin refining your exploration, engage more broadly in the community, and begin to develop career-oriented skills.
CAS360 is Key
Update your CAS360 profile and sign up for email alerts based on new events and resources related to your specific areas of interest for personal and professional development. Look for events and workshops that you can attend to begin developing your personal marketing tools (resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile) and interview skills.
Commit to a Major
If you are not sure about your choices or want to change your major, first discuss your options with your academic advisor. If you are having a hard time deciding between majors, or feeling totally lost, you may also contact the director of career development or the director of student advising for an individual appointment.
Keep Exploring Academically
Even if you’re certain about your major, think about ways to explore your other academic interests – perhaps through a second major or through a minor. Talk with your academic advisor about those possibilities and about co-curricular activities and experiential learning opportunities that can help you apply your academic knowledge in real-world situations.
Start to try a few additional activities that develop the transferable skills employers want. Think about: job shadowing, volunteering, research opportunities with faculty, work study positions, community service, study abroad, summer jobs related to your major and summer internships.
Continue your involvement in extra-curricular activities and pursue leadership roles if available. Employers love to see evidence of your leadership ability. Research professional associations related to your areas of academic interest. Many offer free or discounted student memberships and they are a great way to learn more about your target industries.
Use ePortfolio to Reflect and Record
Whether it’s work for a course, activities that build your job skills, or leadership opportunities outside the classroom, reflect on what you’re learning. Add some artifacts – such as a paper or a presentation – to your ePortfolio. You’ll have more to draw on when you’re preparing for future job interviews.
Attend the Career Fair
Our University-wide career fair in the fall is for ALL class years and ALL majors! Review the information you will receive prior to the fair and select 5 employers to speak with at the event. Use QUCC to research them in advance. If you are actively seeking a spring or summer internship, plan to approach at least 10 employers!
Create an account on LinkedIn to begin establishing your professional network for communicating with employers, alumni and fellow students (and learn how to use it). Join the “Quinnipiac University College of Arts and Science” group to broaden your network by hundreds immediately. Follow us on Twitter as well as @QUCAS360 for career advice and job postings.
Make Your Card
Create a networking card (a “business card for students”) so you have a way to share professional contact information and key professional highlights with people when sharing a full resume wouldn’t be appropriate.