Four-Year Career Planner for Social Sciences, Humanities, Arts, Business

Freshman Year:  Self-Discovery

Sophomore Year:  Exploration

  • If you have not selected a major, make this a priority now. Schedule an appointment with an academic adviser and a career adviser to discuss majors and declare your major early in the year. 
  • Take a career assessment to help you decide on a major and/or career.
  • Update your SlugQuest profile and upload your updated resume.
  • Attend our workshops and/or webshops to learn about resumes, cover letters, interviewing and thank you notes.
  • Have your resume and cover letter critiqued by a career adviser or peer adviser.
  • Continue exploring occupations and grad school options:
  • Meet with a career adviser to develop a strategy for finding a summer job, internship and/or volunteer experience.
  • Develop relationships with faculty to ensure that you can get solid job and grad school recommendation letters.
  • Attend Career Center fairs and events
  • Consider taking on a leadership role in student organizations related to your career interests and major.

Junior Year: Preparation & Experience Building

  • Update your SlugQuest profile and resume
  • Meet with a career adviser to narrow down your career choices. 
  • Decide if graduate or professional school is necessary for your career goals. If so, start planning at the beginning of your third year:
  • If you are applying to medical school or other health professions graduate programs, meet with the STEM career adviser to make sure you are on schedule to complete all course requirements and application deadlines. For medical schools, apply in summer before your senior year or plan to take a year off.
  • Continue to gain experience by doing an internship and/or volunteer experience either during the academic year or in the summer. 
  • Begin identifying summer job or internship opportunities early in the Fall since the summer after your junior year is one of your last chances to do an internship. Check On Campus Interviewing (OCI) every quarter to help you find opportunities.
  • Fine-tune your interview skills by attending a workshop, watching a webshop or scheduling a mock interview with a career adviser.
  • Research to determine the types of entry-level positions for which you might qualify and companies for which you may want to work. 
  • Establish professional contacts to assist with your job search by using the Career Advice Network and the UCSC Alumni Mentor Network.
  • Attend Career Fairs and employer information sessions to meet representatives from potential employers.
  • Learn appropriate attire and etiquette for recruitment events. 
  • Aim for strong academic performance, especially in your major.

Senior Year: Taking Action to Transition

  • Update your SlugQuest profile and resume. Tailor your resume and cover letters to the specific jobs to which you are applying.
  • Develop your career target: geographic location, type of employer, and type of job. If you are still uncertain about your goals after graduation, meet with a career adviser to develop a plan.
  • Pursue internship opportunities during this academic year since is this your last chance to do an internship to build transferable skills applicable to your career before your graduate.
  • Learn effective job search strategies, including networking, and start using them early in the year to identify opportunities. Many companies recruit and make offers to graduating seniors as early as fall quarter.
  • Use SlugQuest to participate in the On-Campus Recruiting (OCI) program for full-time employment, which begins early in the fall quarter.
  • If your career path requires graduate or professional school continue to follow the application process steps.
  • Develop your grad school statement and have it critiqued by a career adviser.
  • Identify faculty and professionals who are willing to serve as references and write recommendation letters.
  • Learn how to interview successfully, View our online handoutworkshop, video and/or schedule a mock interview with a career adviser.
  • Attend career fairs and career events to meet potential employers.
  • Network with your contacts, including alumni, to identify job opportunities and get referrals.