Career Planning Timeline


  • Visit the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) and familiarize yourself with its web site and the many links and resources.
  • Log on to FOCUS (found on the CCPD’s website) and complete the assessments to identify interests, values, skills and personality preferences.  Use your results, experiences and aspirations to write a personalized Action Plan on FOCUS.
  • Familiarize yourself with various majors.  Attend the Majors Fair. Talk to faculty and upper-classmen.
  • Attend the Club Fair.  Participate in activities and clubs to explore interests and develop new skills.
  • Start conducting informational interviews and job shadow professionals.
  • Attend career related events, workshops, presentations, job fairs.
  • Begin to develop your resume and take it to the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD).
  • Consider a summer job that will allow you to experience something you are interested in.



  • Review and update your FOCUS Action Plan and make any revisions or additions.
  • Select a major. Consider a minor.
  • Utilize the resources on the CCPD website ( to explore possible career paths.
  • Continue to conduct informational interviews and job shadow professionals.
  • Participate in volunteer service related to your career interests.
  • Attend career-related events to obtain information and establish connections.
  • Update your resume and develop your LinkedIn profile.
  • Explore study-abroad programs and plan for an international experience.
  • Begin planning for a summer internship.
  • Use InterviewStream to prepare for interviews.



  • Gather more information about careers and the job market.  Review general career trends and employer needs.
  • Evaluate your career options and set goals.
  • If considering graduate or professional school, begin researching potential programs.
  • Strengthen your resume.  Prepare your “elevator speech.”
  • Join the LHU Alumni LinkedIn group and other professional network groups of interest.
  • Attend job fairs and other professional events and establish contacts in your field.
  • Acquire additional skills and experience in your chosen field through an internship, summer job or other work/volunteer experience.



  • Choose your career direction and develop a personal job search plan.
  • Identify and research potential employers.
  • Network and reach out to contacts in your field.
  • Apply to graduate schools and register to take necessary exams.
  • Sharpen interviewing skills.  Utilize InterviewStream.  Schedule a mock interview in the CCPD.
  • Finalize your resume and LinkedIn profile, and identify potential references.
  • Attend job fairs on- and off-campus.
  • Register on LHU CareerConnections.
  • Utilize the resources on the CCPD website ( to search and apply for jobs.
  • Analyze job offers/graduate school admissions and weigh options