CAS360 Navigator - First Year
Your First Year is a time for exploration and engagement! Begin to think about your values, interests, and goals…
Get Connected to CAS360
Go to cas360.qu.edu and customize your profile to reflect your current areas of interest. This will allow us to send you highly customized updates and information about all aspects of your academic, career, and personal experience as a College of Arts & Sciences student. This will be your one-stop shop for all advising tools and resources and CAS information.
It’s okay if you aren’t sure what you want to do as a career, or even if you aren’t sure what major you want to select! As you begin your classes, be sure to speak with QU faculty, academic advisors, and the director of Career Development about major and career options. Visit the Career Development page of this site and become familiar with the steps of the career development process-Explore, Prepare, Launch. Begin to build and develop your Personal Advisory Board to help you think through big decisions and thoughtfully consider different perspectives.
Values and Interests
Check out our “What Can I Do With this Major?” website to begin examining connections between majors and careers. Consider using “MyNextMove.org” as a way to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities you need to pursue potential careers of interest. Use our alumni profiles to get a better sense of how previous CAS students have navigated their time here and found success.
Talk to people you know about what they do for a living. Friends and family are a valuable resource! Ask juniors and seniors you encounter about their career plans and reflect on what is important to you in a career.
Create a Resume
You never know when opportunity will come your way! Attend a Career Development workshop or use our resume writing guide to create your first college-level resume.
Campus groups and activities help you build marketable skills and become part of the QU community! Attend the QU Involvement Fair and consider participating in one extra-curricular activity. Write for a student publication, join student government, join an academic club… there are a lot of options! As you try out activities, reflect on what you’re learning from them and whether you’d like to continue with them (or try something different) in your sophomore year. Your ePortfolio is a great place for you to track your thoughts about your extracurricular involvement.
Attend the Career Fair
Our University-wide career fair in the fall is for ALL class years and ALL majors! Get a feel for what the event is like, the kinds of employers who attend, and how you should prepare. Approach a few employers and ask about what they do. Use the time to get comfortable.
Get to Know Faculty
Faculty can be a tremendous resource in your career exploration, and in the future, a great source of recommendation letters for graduate school or references for employment. Make an effort to get to know at least one faculty member in addition to your academic advisor. Tip: Use your professors’ office hours to introduce yourself and talk about why you’re taking their course.
Learn the Basics of a Quinnipiac Education
Through online resources and work with your advisor, come to understand the structure of the QU curriculum and where your major fits into it. Learn how to use Self Service to monitor your academic progress.
Begin to assemble your Personal Advisory Board
We have a number of resources to support you! Start to consider who might make up your Personal Advisory Board. You’ll have an assigned academic advisor, but advising isn’t only about academics! Think of the other folks on campus who can assist you whether it is in career development, academic coaches, faculty in your department, the Learning Commons, athletic coaches, student life staff, etc. The whole community is here to support your engagement and growth!
Develop a Strong Relationship With Your Academic Advisor
Try to meet your academic advisor in the first six weeks you’re on campus, to say hello and talk about how you’re doing. Throughout your time at QU, you should aim to meet your academic advisor at least twice a semester, for course planning and selection for the coming semester, but also for general exploration and discussion of academic and co-curricular opportunities. Get into the habit of frequent meetings now and learn more about how our 360 Advising process works!