Junior year is a time for putting plans into action! Research graduate school options, pursue internships, consider study away options, and develop stronger relationships with employers. Meet with your advisor at least once per semester to discuss all of these opportunities! By the end of this year, you should have earned 90 credits in total and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.  Meet with your advisor at least once per semester.  

  • Handshake Is Your Connection
    Update your Handshake 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 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.
  • Learn LinkedIn
    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. 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 Handshake 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.
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