Planning Your Future - Yearly Planner

puzzle piece Click on one of the links below for suggested activities you can do each year you are at Cal to help solidify your plans for the future.

First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Fourth Year

First Year

Reality Check
As a first year student, your priority is to adjust to campus life. Learn how to balance academic requirements with campus activities and a social life. Don't worry about your career before you've had the chance to get comfortable being a college student.

 

  • Explore your major options. For assistance with choosing a major, utilize self-assessment tools and schedule an appointment with a career counselor.
  • Seek interesting activities or student organizations on campus and get involved.
  • Review this website to get acquainted with the breadth of services offered by the Career Center.
  • Set up a Handshake account for easy access to almost all Career Center services and event signups.
  • Review upcoming Career Center Events to find career information and job search events of interest to you.
  • Learn about internships. Explore internships.berkeley.edu.
  • Login to Handshake to sign up for CareerMail to receive announcements about jobs, internships or events related to your career or educational goals.

 

Second Year

Reality Check
Your second year at Cal is a good time to learn more about career options. Make a list of options you'd consider and start obtaining information about those career fields. Most students change their career plans repeatedly while in college, so don't be concerned about feeling like you lack focus. Most sophomores have plenty of time to decide.

 

  • If you have not already chosen a major, make this a priority now.
  • Utilize self-assessment tools to clarify your interests, skills, personality type and values.
  • Begin to Research Your Options to become better informed about careers you are considering.
  • Read the Graduate School and Law School web sections to learn more about preparing for those avenues. Attend the Graduate School Fair and the Law School Fair in the Fall semester.
  • Begin developing relationships with faculty to ensure you will be able to get solid recommendation letters for graduate or professional school.
  • Login to Handshake to search for career and job search events of interest to you.
  • Create or update your resume. Use the Job & Internship Guide to help you prepare an effective resume. Have it critiqued by a Career Counselor or Peer Advisor.
  • Update your profile in Handshake to begin looking for volunteer opportunities, part-time jobs or internships.
  • Consider pursuing leadership opportunities within clubs or student organizations.

 

Third Year

Reality Check
When you're two years away from graduating, it's a good idea to focus on a handful of options you'd like to pursue. Review your activities and experiences during the last couple of years and see where you need to obtain additional experiences to prepare for the careers you are considering.

 

 

Fourth Year

Reality Check
A lot of students approach graduation with anxiety stemming from not having made a firm decision about career or graduate school plans. It's normal to feel this way. If you're feeling stuck or lost,See A Counselor to get some advice and support. And take advantage of the Career Center's numerous resources to help you clarify your direction.

 

 

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