|Explore||Year 1 |
|Experience||Year 2 |
- 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.
- 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 groups on LinkedIn reflecting specific careers or topics of interest in Chemistry.
|Year 3 |
- 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 science faculty about possible ideas for INSC 490 capstone in senior year.
- Consider attending a scientific meeting; present a poster with your research advisor.
- 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.
- Develop attention to detail and strong problem solving skills. Pursue advanced instrumentation and computer skills along with knowledge of statistics.
|Excel||Year 4 |
- Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met.
- Seek extensive laboratory and research experience along with courses in quantitative, qualitative and instrumental analyses. Pursue experimental design, data interpretation and problem solving competence through coursework and research with professors.
- 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.
- Attend Office of Multicultural Student Affairs I Love Diversity Week.
- 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.
- Conduct at least one informational interview a month; explore sectors & jobs (government, private, nonprofit) and jobs within each sector.
- 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.