|Explore||Year 1 |
- Build a LinkedIn profile with Career Services, connect to at least 10 people, and check out the VCU alumni page.
- Join Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) to connect to VCU traditions, networking opportunities, and fellow Rams.
- Learn about your credit report and begin making responsible credit choices to prepare for your future.
|Experience||Year 2 |
- Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
- 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.
- Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, create spending plans, and assess your financial health.
- Get plugged into VCULink, an online mentorship platform to help you meet fellow students and engage with alumni.
- Conduct numerous informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
|Year 3 |
- Enhance your business, software, technology and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
- See your academic and career advisors regularly to discuss your progress towards graduation and career planning.
- Start preparing for the required assessments outlined on the Teacher Preparation website.
- Enroll in upper level major courses as suggested for the M.T. additional coursework documents.
- Meet with a career adviser to discuss your career direction and create an action plan.
- Use your summer to gain experiences and skills related to your career goals.
- Update your ePortfolio to incorporate new learning and experiences.
- Apply for the Graduate School Mentorship Program to learn more about graduate school and the graduate student experience.
- Prepare for job offer negotiation, including researching salary norms, components of a benefits package, and other potential areas of flexibility.
- Update your LinkedIn profile and connect to at least 10 people; check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
- Expand your network and remember that you can network anywhere.
|Year 4 |
- 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.
- Learn to teach English through VCU’s TEFL certificate, an internationally-recognized credential for overseas employment as an English teacher.
- Reflect on the experiential learning you have engaged in thus far, and discuss with current or potential mentors (peers, faculty, advisers, alumni, professionals).
- Take on a leadership role in a student organization or go deeper in your service opportunities.
- Attend Career & Internship Fairs and career events throughout the year to explore your interests.
|Excel||Year 5 |
- Create a student organization linked to your field of study.
- Take at least one course that links diversity to your field of study.
- Complete necessary exams, applications, or self-marketing activities for next steps beyond graduation.
- Engage with the VCU Alumni Association at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and by joining a VCULink Industry Network and relevant alumni chapter as you move towards graduation.
- Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.