Senior Planner Handout
A guide for seniors to plan a successful job search and/or apply for graduate and professional schools.
Planning By Month:
This year will be an exciting and busy one, and the Career Development office would like to encourage you to make post-graduation planning an integral part of the year. Career planning and job searching are processes that take time, and you’ll want to get started on them right away. There is a wealth of information and an abundance of resources available to you while you’re still a student here –your advisor, professors, mentors, and counselors in Career Development are all here to help you as you embark on this process. The following planner provides highlights of events and programs designed to help you successfully navigate senior year and prepare for whatever comes next. Please take advantage of them!
We’d also like to extend a special invitation to you to meet with a counselor in the Career Development Office. No matter where you are in your planning process, we’d love to meet you and find out how we can help. Please also take advantage of the many resources available through the Career Development website. Career Development wishes you a successful and exciting year, and we hope to see you in our office soon and often.
KatieClick - your one stop shop
KatieClick is your first stop when searching for job and internship openings, and even for student employment opportunities on campus. By filling out your KatieClick profile you’ll enable Career Development to email you with information particularly suited to your career interests and alert you to last-minute job or internship openings. KatieClick is also a fantastic place for conducting career research and finding out about upcoming events and workshops. If you haven’t already explored all that’s available to you through KatieClick, don’t wait another minute to log in and get started! Log in from the Career Development website.
Did you know that you can interview for jobs and internships without ever leaving campus? Each year, a number of employers come to campus because they are interested in hiring a St. Kate’s student. Check the calendar on KatieClick frequently for an updated list of the employers coming to campus. In order to interview with these employers, you are required to register with Career Development by taking the following steps:
- Have your resume critiqued by a counselor in Career Development. Call ahead to schedule an appointment, or come to a walk-in hour.
- Complete and sign the Recruiting Agreement forms in Career Development.
- Attend one of the regularly scheduled Interview Workshops offered by Career Development (check KatieClick for workshop dates and times) or view an interview preparation video in Career Development.
By completing these three easy steps, you’ll be officially registered to participate in on-campus recruiting. And you’ll be sure that you’re putting your best foot forward when you meet with a prospective employer. Don’t wait until the employer of your dreams schedules a visit, only to find that your schedule won’t allow you to complete the registration steps. Don’t delay – register today!
Events to Attend
Click on Find a Job/Career Fairs in the left side menu for a complete list of Career Fairs, Grad School Fairs and other related events.
Pre-registration is required for most events. Log onto KatieClick via our website, www.stkate.edu/career, go to “Calendar,”
“Calendar Search,” then “Event Type.” Full event details, including location (many are off campus) & registration info provided here.
To Do Immediately
- Register with KatieClick. (Log in from the Career Development webpage or go to stkate.erecruiting.com.)
- Make an appointment to meet with a counselor in Career Development. Begin to formulate your post-graduation plans and timeline.
- Familiarize yourself with resources on the Career Development webpage.
- If you haven’t already completed an internship, schedule a meeting with Laura Zirngible, Internship Director in the Career Development Office, to discuss whether you might be able to add one to your schedule this year.
- Make it a habit to check the Career Development calendar in KatieClick for information on upcoming employer visits and job fairs. Many different recruiters visit campus throughout the year. Log into KatieClick weekly for updated schedules and information.
- Is graduate or professional school in your plans? Pick up a copy of Career Development’s Graduate School Guide. Now is a good time to start working on your personal statement and take entrance exams. Schedule a meeting with a counselor in our office for more information on this.
- If you’re interested in creating an E-Portfolio as a way of capturing the work you’ve done throughout your academic career, contact Ellen Richter-Norgel, Director of Student Retention, at x8730 to enroll in her free 7-workshop series.
- Finalize your resume draft. See a career counselor for a final critique.
- Begin a list of references to use in your job search. Talk with your references about the types of positions you’re seeking, and keep them updated on your progress. If you’re considering grad/professional school, request and assemble letters of recommendation.
- Attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair at the University of Minnesota. See more information on the Career Development website.
- Attend the St. Kate's Career Opportunities Fair Preparatory Workshops in October. A variety of seminars will help you prepare for and make the most of any job fair you attend.
- Attend the St. Kate's Career Opportunities Fair Network with employers about jobs and internships. Check the Career Development website and KatieClick frequently for updated lists of employers attending and for information about registering for interviews.
- Attend the Government Job Fair at the University of Minnesota. Local, State and Federal Government Agencies offer an amazingly diverse array of job opportunities. Attend the fair to learn more about this frequently overlooked sector of employment. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the opportunities that await you. See more information on the Career Development website.
- Finalize graduate/professional school applications.
- Begin conducting informational interviews as part of your job search process. See a career counselor for advice on how to conduct an informational interview, and to gain access to the St. Kate’s alumnae database.
- Plan for ways to continue your job search during January Term, especially if you’ll be away from campus.
- How are your interviewing skills? You can never practice too much. Schedule a practice interview with a career counselor.
If you’ve been working with a career counselor, you’ve probably started finding some jobs for which you’d like to apply. Write drafts of cover letters (remember – you need a unique cover letter for each job) and have them critiqued by a career counselor.
Identify a list of employers for whom you’d like to work. A career counselor can help you with this. Regularly check employer websites for job postings. Conduct informational interviews with St. Kate’s alumnae working there. Create a list with names and titles of contacts, phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses.
- Attend programming during Backpack to Briefcase Week! This week-long program was designed just for seniors to help point you on your way to post-graduation success. Detailed schedules will be available on the Career Development website, in the KatieClick Calendar and in a campus mailbox near you.
- Attend the Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair More than 150 great employers will be there just waiting to meet you and talk with you about career opportunities. Pre-registration is required.
If your job search has stalled out, this is the time for a jump-start! Work with a career counselor to set some realistic goals and deadlines for yourself. How many informational interviews will you conduct each week? How many resumes will you send to openings you find in KatieClick? Set some targets and hold yourself accountable.
If you’re receiving teaching certification, attend the Education Job Fair on April 6. Pre-registration is required. Much more detail will be distributed to education majors throughout the year.
- Follow up with each position you apply for.
- Reconnect with people who have helped you through informational interviews.
- Send thank-you letters each time you interview for a position.
- Enjoy your graduation! And don’t forget that Career Development is open all summer if you need help revising your job search plan.