Career Planning for Sophomores

Self-Assessment  

  • Make an individual appointment with one of the career counselors 
  • Use FOCUS 2 to clarify your interests, skills and values
  • Log-in to VikingWeb. Go to the Plan4ward tab. Click on Plan4Experience menu button
  • Take the Strong Interest Inventory and/or Myers Briggs Type Indicator 
  • Get involved with campus activities 

Choosing a Major  

  • Make an individual appointment with one of the career counselors 
  • Research academic major-related options in Career Library 
  • Attend the Majors Fair in September to explore academic opportunities at Berry  
  • Take a variety of courses and talk with academic departments and faculty to confirm academic interests 
  • Utilize “What Can I Do with This Major?" to explore academic options and career related occupations 
  • Declare your major 

Exploring Career Options 

  • Make an individual appointment with one of the career advisors
  • Use Career Center Network online and print resources to research career options and career planning 
  • Use FOCUS 2 to explore job/career option
  • Explore the Alumni Career Network for career information and possible contacts   
  • Log-in to VikingWeb. Go to the Plan4ward tab. Click on Plan4Experience menu button
  • Conduct informational interviews with alumni, family and friends
  • Explore the idea of doing an internship and attend a workshop to learn more 
  • Talk to faculty members about careers and possible internships 
  • Attend academic departmental Career Conversation programs 
  • Explore undergraduate and graduate Scholarships and Fellowships 
  • Consider participating in a Kaplan practice test drive to prepare for graduate school tests 
  • Explore this resource guide on researching career options

Getting Experience 

  • Participate in campus activities (work towards a leadership role) 
  • Attend a resume workshop, develop your draft and have it critiqued at the Career Center 
  • Participate in Mock interviews 
  • Attend the Etiquette Dinner to help you prepare for an internship search 
  • Join the student chapter of a professional association related to your major 
  • Register on the College Central Network and explore jobs and internships 
  • Secure on-campus & off-campus work positions that align with career interests (school year and summer) 
  • Identify skills employers want and begin planning how to acquire them