Enhance your skill set and your options
In junior year you are entering or are already underway in taking the core coursework in your major. At this point it is critical to start thinking about how your coursework will enhance and support your future goals. Having a vision for, or better yet, knowing where you might fit in professionally will inform what types of courses you might wish to add to your program of study.
It is expected that students develop business 'artifacts' throughout their college experience. These artifacts are documents that demonstrate a students' abilities. They should be refined over time and used as a type of portfolio that students can use when applying for internships and jobs. Artifacts can include, but not limited to, projects, marketing and business plans, PowerPoint presentations, and spreadsheets. Artifacts such as these enhance the student’s competitive position in the job market.
Next: Go To Career Roadmap for Juniors | Academic Roadmap for Seniors
Review degree requirements and establish record of academic success
By junior year majors in the Argyros School should be excelling in at least one area of their studies: Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Management, Finance, International Business, Real Estate, etc. Excelling is indicate by high performance (i.e., good grades) in courses and by motivation and passion for the topic.
Take-Away: Students who can show passion and success in a particular area of study can apply this commitment towards their future endeavors.
How: Students will be exposed to business theory and practice, both of which will be critical for a student’s success in their upper division courses. In order for students to be successful it is expected that they attend all scheduled classes, meet with their professors at office hours (if needed), complete all assignments, and pass exams. Each student should set academic goals and strive to achieve them. If it proves to be difficult the student should meet with their academic advisor and access academic support services.
To meet with your professors check the course syllabus for their office hours. Try to see them during these hours. If you cannot, then email your instructors to make an appointment. For assistance with writing visit The Writing Center (link to The Writing Center homepage. For additional help with tutoring visit the Tutoring, Learning & Testing (TLT) Center.
In addition, make an appointment to discuss academic performance with Argyros School Advising.
Complete graduate school application requirements (if applicable)
Organize professional portfolio with 2 projects that demonstrate expertise
Academic artifacts are documented output of a student’s work that demonstrate a student's abilities and expertise in their desired field. Artifacts include, but not limited to, projects, marketing and business plans, PowerPoint presentations, and spreadsheets. They should be refined over time and used as a type of portfolio that students can use when applying for internships and jobs.
Take-Away: Two exceptional pieces of a student’s work that can be discussed or submitted to potential employers as a demonstration of a student’s achievement.
How: Work closely with your professors throughout the semester to develop excellent artifacts.
Hold leadership role in student organization aligned with career objective
A professional student organization is defined as an organization that assists the student in learning about working a particular professional discipline, such as marketing, accounting, finance, human resources, etc. Advancing one’s supervisory/management skills, leadership and team roles on campus as a leader of a professional organization is strongly encouraged.
Take-Away: Students increase competitive positioning in the employment market by adding campus leadership roles. Student can include a “leadership” section on resume, a standout skill for employers.
How: Leaders are normally chosen from those students who have shown commitment in the past. Thus, organizations that you have remained a member of are the best candidates for offering yourself as a potential leader. See the Argyros School Professional Student Organizations website.
Align portfolio of strengths, abilities and interests with professional goal