»Roadmap for Seniors | Career, Network and Experience

Engage in your profession

As your senior year approaches, the hopes and expectations for life after graduation run high. This is the time to both review academic achievements, and engage in applying the skill sets you’ve developed in the industry you are most interested in.  Skills that continue to be the most valued by employers include oral/written skills, technical skills including MS Excel, leadership and management skills and passion for your profession and success.

See Also: Academic Roadmap for Seniors


Update resume and job search collateral

Students should have an update resume and cover letter present on the Argyros connect system ready to be seen by employers.  In addition students should establish a professional presence on the web via a Linkedin profile.  

Take-Away:  Students will possess a comprehensive resume and cover letter that contains all the information of importance to employers.  In addition students will update their online professional presence (i.e., on Linkedin).

How:  Over the past 3 plus years students have obtained academic, leadership, and employment experience to prepare a comprehensive resume and cover letter containing information of importance to employers.  All documents are present on Argyros connect to apply for full-time positions in response to job postings. 

Useful resources for accomplishing these goals include:


Mentor new leaders for a professional student organization

A mentor leads and advises their colleagues from the basis of their own experience.  Student professional associations continually need to identify and add new participants, develop new leaders which further develops leadership and team skills.

Take-Away:  Students demonstrate competency in selling ideas and opportunities for leadership and management.  This demonstrates great potential to employers and provides an opportunity to highlight these skills during interviews.

How:   See the Argyros School Professional Student Organizations website.


List professional network with 16-20 industry contacts plus 4 faculty contacts

(This is a continuation of outreach and communication from junior year.) Professional networks are a way of establishing and maintaining a current and ever expanding contact list of those who are willing and supportive collaborators to access students to job leads, information, and interviews.  Professional networks are the most essential component of job search success.

Take-Away:  A documented list of professional contacts.

How:  Students must learn the basic steps of successful networking and begin to establish contacts who will be helpful in gaining opportunities.  Resources to achieve this include:

  • Networking Checklist.  This document breaks down the steps a student should take in developing, expanding and maintaining a viable network.
  • Network Tracking Sheet.  A simple excel spread sheet that contains categories to complete once a student has made a contact i.e., name, contact info, status, comments.
  • Initial Networking Prospects List.  Provides a list of people and professionals a student should consider when developing a network for the first time i.e., roommate, dentist, sports coach, business associates of parents, etc.

Articulate and execute job search strategies

A job search strategy is a set of essential tools for seeking and acquiring internships and/or full-time employment.

Take-Away:  Students will have developed a plan for executing their professional search.  The student should identify one to three career/employment options and determine specific action items necessary to identify, pursue, and obtain employment.

How:  There are many mechanisms to developing an effective search strategy.  Students could attend workshop sessions on effective practices for developing and using key job search skills. Students are encouraged to fully utilize all campus career management resources in seeking an internship.

Valuable resources include:


Obtain first professional position

Profession employment is defined as a position that provides the student will challenge and opportunity to meet their future goals.

Take-Away:  With hard work and some luck, students will find a first professional position that meets their expectations. 

How:  There are many mechanisms to developing an effective search strategy.  Students could attend workshop sessions on effective practices for developing and using key job search skills. Students are encouraged to fully utilize all campus career management resources in seeking an internship.

Resources to help to obtain an internship attend business-related events, information sessions, and career fairs held throughout the year at the Argyros School and Chapman University as a whole.  See Links below:


Senior Summer: Complete Argyros School first destination survey

A first destination survey is used by the Argyros School in tracking the success of its graduates.   Business school rankings are determined by a number of factors including the satisfaction of graduates and success in placement.  

Take-Away:  Student will assist the Argyros School in enhancing its reputation and thereby enhancing the value of their degree.

How:  Complete the First Destination survey when sent from the Undergraduate Business Career Center via email.


See Also: Academic Roadmap for Seniors

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