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Junior Year

If you haven’t done an internship, or study abroad yet; this is the year to start planning. This year is also the time to really think seriously about the skills and abilities that will make you a competitive applicant to employers or graduate schools.

  • Explore internships, co-ops, practicum or job shadows.
  • Keep up with your academics.
  • Identify at least 5 career options you want to explore this year.
  • Jump into leadership roles on campus.
  • Plan Study Abroad.
  • Identify mentors.
  • Refine your resume. Get a resume critique from the HBCU career center.
  • Google yourself and clean up digital footprint on social media.
  • Get a LinkedIn account and join LinkedIn groups like The HBCU Career Center.
  • Attend campus and alumni networking events.
  • Start exploring entrepreneurship or small business ownership
  • Schedule career center events such as career fairs or workshop.
  • Sign up for student membership in professional associations.
  • Focus on improving interview skills, do mock interviews, on-campus interviews and set up informational interviews.
  • Explore study abroad or Alternative Spring Break experiences for spring break or summer.
  • If grad school is on your mind, start your research. Go to grad school fair.
  • Start thinking about interview attire and business meal etiquette.

Start thinking about how to manage your  college debt, private student loans and loan consolidation.  It’s not too early!

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