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+ - Freshman: Attend at least 3 career-related events to learn from industry professionals

A “professional event” is a meeting, usually consisting of at least some people from the private, public or not-for-profit sector, who convene to share current practices, network, and encourage new members to grow and contribute.  As part of their career exploration phase, students will select events that assist in their learning about the professional “real world,” and to interact with those who are prominent in it, and who can pass on information and tips.

Take-Away:  Students can describe one or two new lessons learned from being in attendance at each event.  In particular, details about certain jobs and industries are particularly important as it pertains to identifying opportunities in the future.

How:  Attend business-related events, information sessions, and career fairs held throughout the year at the Argyros School and Chapman University as a whole.  See Argyros School page for upcoming events.

Next stop for Freshman: Go to Gain experience through job, internship, volunteer opportunity, or leadership role

Or Go back to Student Roadmap to Success

+ - Sophomore: Create a LinkedIn profile and begin to build professional network

+ - Junior: Engage with at least 5 professionals in your desired field, industry or job

(This is a continuation of outreach and communication from sophomore 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.

Next stop for Junior: Go to Obtain professional experience aligned with career goals

Or Go back to Student Roadmap to Success

+ - Senior: Develop network further by joining professional associations

(Coming soon)

Next stop for Senior: Go to Obtain professional experience aligned with career goals

Or Go back to Student Roadmap to Success

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