10 CAREER STRATEGIES FOR-FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES

Sophomore

START STRONG

1. KEEP GRADES UP

  • Grades matter to employers & grad schools
  • Grades communicate your knowledge base
  • Good grades imply a strong work ethic

2. EXPLORE WHO YOU ARE

Career Services provides the following:

  • One-on-one career counseling/coaching
  • Career assessments (interests, values, personality, skills, etc.)

3. EXPLORE CAREER OPTIONS

Participate in the following

4. GET INVOLVED IN CAMPUS LIFE

  • Develop leadership & teamwork skills
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills
  • Explore diverse options through MSU`s Student Orgs website

5. GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the greater world
  • Explore opportunities to give back and serve in the Murray community

6. DEVELOP COMPUTER SKILLS

  • Know how to design a database, write a business letter & produce a presentation
  • Check grammar & spelling on social media
  • Take a basic computer course

7. BUILD COMMUNICATION SKILLS

  • Verbal & written communication skill are two of the top 10 skills sought by recruiters
  • Career Services, Racer Writing Center & Racer Oral Communication Center can help

8. COMPLETE AN INTERNSHIP

  • Prepare for future jobs & grad programs
  • Explore careers & determine career fit
  • Racer tracks (myGate) & Career Fairs are great resources for finding internships

9. PREPARE FOR DIVERSE WORLD

  • The American work force is diverse
  • Learn about different people & cultures
  • Consider participating in Study Abroad or National Student Exchange

10. USE CAREER SERVICES ALL 4 YRS

  • Major/career exploration
  • Internship, part-time & full-time job search
  • Resume & cover letter writing
  • Interview skill development
  • Job search/grad school plan development