Four-Year Plan


Career development is a process that happens over time. The earlier you begin to engage in career building activities, the more prepared you will be at graduation. Your first year at Emmanuel should be spent engaging with people and resources to lay the foundation for the next four years.

  • Assess your interests by meeting with your academic advisor and discussing your four-year academic plan.
  • Join student organizations, volunteer in the community, or apply for an on- or off-campus part-time job to begin the process of building your résumé and experience.
  • Meet with a Career Advisor to learn about how the Career Center can partner with you over the next four years.
  • Register for the Career Planning and Engagement Course: INT 1001. This course will prepare you for your internship search during your junior or senior year.


Your sophomore year is the time to start narrowing down some of your interests and explore career and internship opportunities. During sophomore year, you should:

  • Declare your major and begin thinking about internship or career options.
  • Further develop your résumé by pursuing leadership positions in student organizations, part-time jobs and volunteer opportunities.
  • Meet with your Career Advisor to discuss on and off-campus resume building opportunities.


Junior year should be spent engaging in career building activities such as internships, research assistantships or student teaching. This is also the time to decide whether pursuing graduate school immediately after graduation is right for you.

  • Research graduate school programs, requirements and application deadlines; gather advice from faculty within your department about pursuing graduate school.
  • Participate in undergraduate research opportunities within your department and/or through a summer internship.
  • Plan when you will complete your academic department internship for credit.
  • Meet with your Career Advisor to discuss internship opportunities and internship search strategy.


Senior year can be both exciting and daunting. You may have a clear idea of your post-graduation plans, or you may still be struggling to choose a path. The Career Center is here to support you in either stage.

  • Meet with your Career Advisor to update your résumé and plan your job search. If you are unsure of the type of work you would like to pursue after graduation, use your time with your Career Advisor to reflect on your interests and experience in order to develop a plan for after graduation.
  • Update your HireSaints profile with your résumé, and review job postings and apply for positions.
  • Prepare for professional interviews by participating in a mock interview with a Career Advisor.
  • Network with your professional connections regarding your post-graduation plans and career goals.

In addition to these activities, you should be attending the many career events hosted by the Career Center or your Academic Department throughout each year.

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