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Career Planning Timelines

Career Planning for Undergraduate Students

Career Planning for Master's Degree Students

Prior to Arriving at SIS

Create a professional resume.

Clean up your online presence.

Create a LinkedIn profile.

Join the American University School of International Service (official) group on LinkedIn.

Explore career options.

Participate in the SIS Site Visit Program.

Attend Graduate Orientation.

Year 1, Semester 1

Access your AU CareerWeb account.

Explore the SIS Career Resource Library.

Meet with an SIS career advisor to discuss career exploration and getting experience.

Research employers and career paths.

Begin to identify skills and knowledge you would like to acquire.

Apply for a spring internship.

Attend career events on and off campus.

Search for a faculty mentor.

Year 1, Semester 2

Update your resume and LinkedIn profile.

Intern in your target field.

Meet with an SIS career advisor to discuss networking and resume writing.

Create an elevator pitch.

Identify potential professional contacts.

Conduct informational interviews.

Attend career events on and off campus.

Participate in the SIS Student-Alumni Networking Event.

Start thinking about your capstone.

Make plans for the summer (e.g., school, internship, job, or study abroad).

Fulfill your Tool of Research Language (TOR) requirement.

Year 1, Summer

Complete at least one professional development/skill-building activity.

Review the skills you've acquired during your graduate program so far.

Determine which skills you still need to gain.

Attend career events off campus.

Follow up with professional contacts.

Apply for fall internships.

Year 2, Semester 1

Update your resume and LinkedIn profile.

Intern in your target field.

Meet with an SIS career advisor to discuss job search strategies and interview prep.

Schedule a mock interview.

Attend career events on and off campus.

Apply for the SIS Student-Alumni Mentoring Program.

Participate in SIS Resume Review Week.

Network.

Participate in the SIS Student-Alumni Networking Event in February.

Join a professional association.

Participate in Mock Interview Madness in March.

Apply for a practicum project or register for the substantial research paper.

Year 2, Semester 2

Update your resume and LinkedIn profile.

Intern in your target field.

Participate in your capstone (practicum or SRP).

Translate your academic and professional experiences into marketable skill sets.

Apply for jobs at least 3-4 months before you want/need to be employed.

Keep networking.