It may seem strange to think about this now, but four years at Berea College can fly by so fast it’s easy to miss out on all the significant practical experiences including, but not limited to – internships, research, service, international study & travel – that are available to you.
To maximize your academic experience, focus on 3 key areas of your career development progress – Articulation, Discernment and Navigation. Here’s what we mean when we use these terms and steps to take in the months ahead:
Articulation – Express your potential fluently and coherently
Discover your meaningful themes related to your career goals and articulate your purpose, motivation, mission and passion in an exciting and impactful way. Create and refine your Berea story and create targeted career documents for your next step.
- Take a career assessment through Career Development to discover your “meaningful themes” – your strengths/skills, interests, values and personality preferences
- Develop your career documents with our Resume/Cover Letter Writing Guide
- Utilize Optimal Resume to develop your tailored documents and receive feedback from Career Development Staff
- Create a LinkedIn profile to actively network with alumni
- Participate in a mock interview with Career Development staff or practice using SkillsFirst through Optimal Resume
Juniors & Seniors:
- Build your professional presence by using Career Development Funding to Dress for Success
- Maximize the Career Development Funding for Networking – join a professional organization
- Considering Graduate or Professional School? Get organized for applying to grad school by accessing Career Development Funding Resources to cover expenses for grad school exams, applications, and campus visits
Discernment – Find major/career possibilities that fit with your goals and dreams
As you clarify the skills you excel at and love to do, creatively envision major/career possibilities that fit you best. To develop your confidence and confirm your career path, make intentional choices about gaining experience through labor, service, research, internship, and international experiences.
- Research career possibilities that interest you through helpful career resources, including “What can I do with this major?”
- Identify majors and minors offered at Berea College that overlap with your meaningful themes and career interests
- Participate in the exciting options of extracurricular programs on Berea’s campus, (athletics, student government, residence life, student ministries or missions, community service, clubs, the arts/theater and more). Student organizations and volunteer opportunities are a great way
- Reflect on your meaningful themes and identify significant practical experiences for summer –
- Target new opportunities through the Labor Program that will help you grow personally and professionally to gain experience, try out something that interests you and build your skills that employers are looking for in well-rounded candidates.
Navigation – Build on your passions by creating a targeted career path that fits you
Whether you are planning for job search, gap experiences, or graduate/professional school, learn to navigate the wide range of resources available to you to find opportunities. Turn your navigation into action by creating and implementing your action plan and launch your career! Strengthen your professional connections by building an exciting network of Berea Alumni and Recruiters within your career field.
- Update your career development plans and create an action plan
- Ask Internship Supervisors, Berea Faculty, Staff, and Labor Supervisors to serve as references
- Actively apply for positions through Handshake
- Actively network with contacts, Berea alumni