The BSOS Career Plan will provide you with a road map of suggested activities to help you be successful post-graduation. Start with "Assess Yourself" below and click on the links to build your action plan.




Career Decision making circle


 READ about career options

TALK to professionals in the field

Now that you have a list of career options, find professionals working in those fields and request informational interviews.

  • Terrapins Connect- alumni have volunteered to share their career story and review resumes. It is the easiest informational interview you will ever schedule!
  • Career Panels- learn about an industry, current openings, and how to best present yourself for job and internship positions.
  • Career Shuttle- take a ride with a small group of students to visit a field/organization for half a day.
  • Career & Internship Fairs- attend to learn about and gather information on potential careers.
  • Intern For A Day- sign up to shadow a professional on your career interest list (the Career Center usually offers over 150 options).
  • Attend BSOS’s speaker events and your academic departments programs to meet alumni and learn about new career options. Sign up to receive email updates from their Blog.

PREPARE to gain experiences

Gain Experience

Identify: Determine the type of experience that meets your needs.

  • Internships- usually a semester long commitment, 5-15 hours a week.
  • Global experiences- study abroad, for example. a semester long commitment; planning usually starts a year before departure date.
  • Research- generally a commitment of up to one year, but it can vary; on-campus or off campus opportunities.
  • Be a leader on-campus- low time commitment; join a campus club and apply for a leadership role.
  • Volunteer/Service Learning- one weekend a month to semester long commitment; varies by program; a chance to give back to the community. 
  • Part-time job- ongoing basis, paid positions; on and off campus.

Prepare: Make a plan so you are ready to apply for opportunities/programs.

Connect: Continue to explore career options by talking with professionals and alumni. There are so many options!

Planning for Post Graduation

  • Identify your career interest(s) or develop a plan for exploring options
  • Choose 2-3 search strategies to implement and reserve time in your schedule to devote to each. Schedule a career consultation appointment with the Feller Center's Career Planning team to assist in your planning.
  • Handshake: Update your profile and create a “Saved Search” to receive weekly emails with job opportunities in your field of interest. 
  • Network with employers at information sessions, career shuttles, and fairs and stay in touch with connections you made last year.
  • Analyze your skills and the skills required by your field of interest to identify any gaps. Then explore opportunities that would enable you to gain those missing skills. Consider applying for a gap year type of experience or a one to two year fellowship.
  • Continue to research organizations of interest and interact with your target organizations prior to a position being posted.  
  • Plan for your financial future with these tips
  • Considering graduate school? Review these tips