|Explore||Year 1 |
|Experience||Year 2 |
- Apply to the Extended Teacher Preparation Program.
- Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide. Ask questions about how to use the library.
- Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses.
- Talk to your professors about research interests, picking future classes, and strategies for success in your program.
- Apply to Innovative Teacher Pipeline (ITP) Program.
- Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
- Gain practical experience related to career goals through internships, shadowing, part-time work, or independent skill building.
- Create an ePortfolio to document academic/professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections.
- Attend Career & Internship Fairs and other professional development events.
- Join a Professional Organization like SVEA, GRTCM, VCTM, RARC, VSRA, NSTA, VAST, NCSS, or VCSS.
- Get plugged into VCULink to connect with students and alumni.
- Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
- Consider who you would ask to serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
- Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
|Year 3 |
- Complete the RVE and PRAXIS II Exams.
- See your academic and career advisors regularly to discuss your progress towards graduation and career planning.
- Enhance your business, software, technology and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
- Deepen your expertise at finding information in your discipline by working with your subject expert librarian & using research guides.
- Talk to advisors, faculty, and Career Services about graduate school versus a job.
- Research graduate/professional schools at least 1 year in advance of deadlines. Study for and complete any exams the summer before senior year.
- Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
|Excel||Year 4 |
- Complete CPR and First Aid Licensure.
- Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met.
- Participate in School of Education Race, Ethnicity, & Education Teach-In.
- Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
- Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
- Reflect on the experiential learning you have engaged in thus far, and discuss with current or potential mentors (peers, faculty, advisors, alumni, professionals).
- Continue to engage in research to create more content for your ePortfolio.
- Present your research at conference/meeting such as UROP Undergraduate Research Symposium or other conferences.
- Apply for Initial Virginia Teaching License.
- Complete exams, applications, or self-marketing activities for after graduation.
- Consider training to become an educator through programs like RTR, which prepares graduates from a variety of majors to become effective teachers in high-need schools.
- Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
- Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed and do a mock interview with your Career Services office.
- Engage with the VCU Alumni Association at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and by joining a VCULink Industry Network and alumni chapter as you prepare to graduate.