Yearly Planner

Cal has many opportunities and resources to help you identify your career related goals and take steps in the right direction. Although there is not a strict "timeline" for success, the suggestions below will get you started. 

Freshman and Sophomore
Junior and Senior


Freshman and Sophomore

During your first two years at Cal you may already be thinking about your post-graduation goals. This is the perfect time to explore the possibilities.


Sophomore down arrow

Junior and Senior

Now that you’re into the second half of your undergraduate career, you may be focusing more intently on your post-graduation activities. Be sure to use these Career Center resources to help you prepare.

Junior down arrow

  • ​Develop strong relationships with faculty
  • Attend the Graduate and Law School Fair, if you are interested in further education
  • Learn about career fields that interest you
  • Regularly utilize Handshake - become familiar with On-Campus Recruiting
  • Create or update your resume and your LinkedIn profile
  • Build teamwork and leadership skills in your extracurricular activities
  • Develop analytical and problem solving skills to become more competitive for many jobs


  Senior down arrow

  • See a counselor in the beginning of Senior year
  • Make some decisions about your future goals - it is ok to have more than one direction
  • Develop your professionalism and work ethic within your various commitments
  • Assess your training, skills and experiences; identify any further development you need to be competitive for the opportunities that interest you most
  • Build your network; conduct informational interviews with alumni and professionals
  • Update your application materials and practice your interviewing skills