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Preparing for Life after Graduation

Career and Graduate FAQ

Students should begin preparing for life after graduation as soon as they have determined their major. Ideally the choice of a major is based on what the student imagines doing in the future. Students should work with their mentors, advisors and WVU Career Services to develop and refine their goals and skills.

Here is a suggested 4-year plan for preparing for life after graduation:

YEAR 1

Choose your major and take GEC courses that interest you and may build the foundation of possible minors or additional majors.

Take the Focus2 free vocational assessment. http://careerservices.wvu.edu/greater-than-a-4-year-plan/plan-it

YEAR 2

Focus on your GPA, volunteer, get involved in clubs and service activities, and get to know your faculty.

Once you have completed PSYC 202, request to participate in a faculty research lab for 1-2 credits a semester.

Develop your Resume, Attend Career Fairs, take a college course on exploring careers, and seek a summer job within your career field.

YEAR 3

Continue to get to know faculty, focus on your GPA, and develop your cover letter or personal statement.

Seek positions of leadership within student organizations and clubs.

Participate in mock interviews with WVU Career Services

Determine if your career goals require a graduate degree.

Register for the GRE or other exams required for graduate programs.

Summer:

Look up graduate schools and/or employers.

Get another job related to your career field.

YEAR 4

Continue to get to know faculty, focus on your GPA, and develop your cover letter or personal statement.

Ask faculty to serve as references or request letters of recommendation (don’t wait until the last minute)

Deadlines for applications are usually in the fall for summer or fall programs and jobs/internships.

Interviews are generally in February – April

Starting in September, expect to spend at least 3 hours a week working on either job searches or graduate school applications.

Work with a WVU Career Counselor on your resume and interview skills.

Join job-related online networks,

Online Resources An Online Career-Exploration Resource for Psychology Majors (2015) Author: Drew C. Appleby Affiliation: Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolishttp://teachpsych.org/Resources/Documents/otrp/resources/appleby15students.docx