Career Development Timeline

Building a career begins long before graduation. You can enhance your career potential and develop marketable skills beginning in your freshman year by taking a few steps each year toward your future career. Read on for suggestions of activities that will help you prepare for success.

Freshman Year: Exploring
Sophomore Year: Defining
Junior Year: Researching
Senior Year: Implementing

Freshman Year: Exploring

Volunteer

K-State and the Manhattan community offer hundreds of volunteer opportunities. Seek out opportunities related to your career goals. Good places to start include:

Get a Part-Time Job

A part-time job can give you practical work experience and help you explore different opportunities. Working can also help you build skills and better understand your work values and abilities. As a freshman, be careful not to take on too much — 10-15 hours a week is a good starting point.

Explore Career Options

Visit K-State's Academic and Career Information Center (ACIC) to help refine your career choices.

Sophomore Year: Defining

Meet Professionals

Conduct informational interviews with 2-3 professionals in your field.

Get Involved

K-State has over 300 organizations to choose from!

Learn about the Job Search

Attend the All-University Career Fair to learn about companies and intern and full-time job opportunities.

Junior Year: Researching

Build Your Resume
Look for an Internship

Make an appointment with your CES advisor to help you get started.

Practice Your Interview Skills

Participate in a mock interview to get feedback and advice to help you interview well.

Learn About the Job Search

Attend the All-University Career Fair to learn about companies and intern and full-time job opportunities with hundreds of organizations.

Senior Year: Implementing

Refine Your Resume

Consult Career and Employment Services' Resume Guide for help and schedule a resume critique with your CES advisor.

Practice Your Interview Skills

Participate in a mock interview to get feedback and advice to help you interview well.

Conduct Your Job Search

Make an appointment with your CES advisor to help you get started.

Meet Employers

Attend the All-University Career Fair to learn about companies and intern and full-time job opportunities with hundreds of organizations.

Prepare for Professional Life

Attend CES workshops to help you transition to the world of work.