Four-Year Development Plan


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Career Planning

Network Building & Extracurricular


Begin an academic plan

  • Make an appointment with an Academic Advisor to explore areas of interest and register for courses
  • Meet with your advisor after midterms to evaluate your learning strategies
  • Meet with your advisor after first semester grades are received

Become familiar with online and other academic resources

Explore academic opportunities

  • Visit Schools' and Departments' web sites to learn about major requirements
  • Talk to faculty members about your interests outside of class
  • Participate in the EXPLORE workshops to explore majors, careers, strengths, and internship opportunities
  • Review "What Can I Do With a Major In...." materials
  • Take advantage of "Major Week" events

Become Familiar with Tulane Career Center Resources

  • Make an appointment with a Career Coach
  • Visit the web site to learn about online resume-writing and internship-search resources
  • Attend a career planning event

Attend the Fall and Spring Career Fairs and employer information sessions

Utilize Self-Assessment tools

  • Take the "Do What You Are" assessment; meet with a Career Coach to evaluate results
  • Take the "Focus-2" assessment; meet with a Career Coach to evaluate results

Draft your first college resume

  • Attend a resume workshop
  • Review Tulane Career Center samples online or in the office
  • Construct your first college resume
  • Make an appointment with a Career Coach for feedback

Start to get experience

  • Volunteer in the New Orleans community
  • Find a part-time job on or off campus
  • Begin thinking about summer job/ internship plans

Get involved on campus

Begin to build your network

  • Meet with each of your professors outside of class at least once during the semester
  • Meet upper-class students
  • Begin to identify and meet other Tulane faculty, staff, and alumni
  • Identify family and friends who can provide support, feedback, and potential career connections

Consider your online presence

  • Begin to think of your professional online presence - use LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, blogs, etc. to share your goals and accomplishments
  • Portray yourself in the best possible light


Review Newcomb-Tulane core curriculum requirements

Narrow down your choices of study

  • Officially declare a major (Spring)
  • Meet with your assigned faculty advisor after you officially declare a major
  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your 4-year plan and update your progress in both Fall and Spring semesters

Complete first-tier Public Service requirement

  • Explore options related to personal, academic, and professional goals

Research a Study Abroad program

  • Identify options and finalize choices
  • Complete the Intent to Study Abroad application and note deadlines for secondary applications

Meet with a Career Coach to assess your goals and review your Career plan

Continue to explore career options

  • Attend career fairs and employer information sessions
  • Identify a Mentor; research job shadowing opportunities
  • Use networking to gather information
  • Conduct information interviews for further insight

Continue self-assessment activities

Register for Tulane's WaveLink Database

  • Research employers and review job listings
  • Sign up for Career Center announcements

Update your resume

Explore sources of internship opportunities (summer before Junior year)

Get experience

  • Obtain a relevant summer job or internship
  • Volunteer in the New Orleans community

Develop new Networking Relationships

  • Interact with Tulane alumni through campus events
  • Take a professor out for coffee

Foster existing networking relationships

  • Stay in touch with former employers and favorite teachers/ professors
  • Update important career-related contacts about your plans and progress

Get involved on campus or in the community

  • Join another club or campus organization
  • Volunteer for short-term community service activities
  • Seek out a leadership position in a residence hall, campus organization, or class project


Consider options for post-graduate education

  • Talk to your Faculty Advisor about post-graduate opportunities and deadlines
  • Attend the Graduate School Fair in the Fall
  • Research schools and programs making note of application deadlines and type of entrance exam required

Consider options for professional schools

Participate in a Study Abroad program

  • Select an opportunity that supports your career goals

Assess your academic plans

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor and/or Faculty Advisor to assess your academic plans

Review your degree audit and progress toward degree

Research employers in depth and narrow career interests

  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in your field of study or career focus
  • Identify potential employers by attending Fall/ Spring Career Fair and employer information sessions
  • Research culture, salaries, and interviewing techniques through online career resources

Obtain career-related experience

  • Look for a summer job or internship, or create your own internship relating to your interests
  • Participate in research and/or creative projects
  • Seek out one or more job-shadowing experiences with professionals in your field
  • Spend the day with a professional
  • Research online career resources -, job-shadowing web sites, etc.
  • Contact professional organizations to identify opportunities

Build your LinkedIn Profile

  • Learn how to use LinkedIn to maximize networking opportunities - workshop, webinar
  • Join LinkedIn special interest groups

Update your resume

Meet with a Career Coach to assess your career goals

Update your WaveLink profile

  • Upload an updated resume
  • Update notifications (email settings, etc.)

Define your professional self

  • Begin to assemble a professional wardrobe
  • Learn business etiquette
  • Refine your online presence
  • Practice interview skills; conduct a mock interview with a Career Coach
  • Update voicemail and email accounts

Continue to build and expand your professional network

  • Focus on contacts and connections in your career area
  • Create a list of references to accompany your resume
  • Attend Homecoming events

Identify a mentor

  • Use WaveLink to review potential contacts
  • Identify and contact Tulane Alumni via LinkedIn Groups, Alumni Office, etc.
  • Research professional associations and industry-specific organizations to join

Draft a plan for your first year after graduation

  • Think about your ideal work, lifestyle, proximity to friends and family, values, and longer term goals
  • Project financial needs and draft a realistic budget


File application in the Fall for Spring graduation

Complete graduation check

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor to assess core curriculum requirements
  • Meet with your Faculty Advisor to assess major graduation requirements

Finalize preparations for graduate or professional school

Plan for and complete a final internship and/or work experience before or just after graduation

Launch your job search strategy (early Fall)

  • Identify your top 20 desired employers and research employment opportunities
  • Identify potential hiring managers at target employers
  • Establish a realistic time line for your job search by creating SMART goals
  • Search advertised openings on general and niche job boards

Update your resume and get it reviewed

  • Field test your resume with parents, peers, mentor, faculty advisors, and professors and ask for feedback

Create a professional portfolio.  Include:

  • An up-to-date resume
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Work / writing samples
  • Academic projects

Update your WaveLink profile

Apply for at least 20 jobs

Refine your professional self

  • Develop a 30-second profile speech (who you are, what you want, what you have to offer)
  • Participate in a mock interview

Obtain letters of recommendation/references

  • Ask professors who can speak to your strengths, talents, and work ethic
  • Provide self-addressed stamped envelopes or email addresses

Work your network

  • Attend alumni luncheons
  • Conduct informational interviews at companies and organizations of interest
  • Expand your LinkedIn network to include alumni, new contacts, peers, professional acquaintances of parents and friends' parents, and faculty
  • Correspond with key contacts and announce your job search plans
  • Attend Fall and Spring career fairs
  • Attend local and regional professional association conferences, events, and meetings
  • Identify sorority/fraternity alumni contacts and establish formal connections

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