Your dream job doesn’t have to be a dream. If you decide you want to work in a specific field, all it takes is a plan and determination. Your academic career plan will serve as a map to get you from CCV into your job. Determination is the grit that will get you through college. Each semester you’ll have opportunities to refine your plan and make progress towards your end goal. Each step along the way you’ll have the support of your instructors, CCV staff and our career services team to ensure your plan is solid and taking you in the right direction.
What Does An Academic Career Plan Look Like?
Credits15 – 30
Credits30 – 45
Credits45 – 60
CreditsBefore PFE or Internship
- Register for careerSpot and Focus2
- Connect with a career consultant
- Identify your interests, skills and values with Focus2
- Research career trends for future opportunities, salary, and educational requirements
- Work with your academic advisor to create a degree plan and to identify the sequence of courses that best meets your career and educational goals
- Conduct informational interviews and engage in job shadowing to learn more about career fields
- Apply for CCV work-study if you are a financial aid student
- Develop your resume and plan to update it each semester to reflect the new skills and experiences acquired
- Continue exploring career options with a career consultant
- Develop your capacity for leadership by participating in CCV’s LEAD program.
- Begin building professional connections
- Cultivate references in your field of study.
- Search for potential schools you may want to transfer to after CCV.
- Engage in an experiential learning experience such as an internship, Professional Field Experience, or a service learning course.
- Seek out experiential learning opportunities that will strengthen specific skills needed for a particular career field
- Consider enrolling in a study abroad course to gain experience outside of the country
- Continue to refine your resume, adding newly acquired professional skills and experiences.
- Start to look at local and regional job postings to see what types of opportunities may be available.
- Meet with a financial aid counselor to discuss how to manage your student loan debt
- Continue to add professional experience and training to your resume and cover letter
- Gather references
- Practice your interviewing skills—consider participating in mock interviews on careerSpot
- Apply for job opportunities
- Apply for admission and financial aid at transfer schools
- Compile a list of possible field placement locations in your community. Identify contact information for each organization.
- Create a draft statement of learning goals for your field placement based on the program outcomes for your degree, which can be found in our catalog.*
- Review your resume and make any needed modifications.
- Register for your internship course or PFE and complete any pre-class assignments.
Build Your Professional Image
The academic career plan is a good guide for reaching your goals, but a positive professional image tells employers that you are reliable, responsible, and committed to improvement by accepting feedback and seeking out help when you need it. You demonstrate professionalism through your attire, responsible behavior, and appropriate communication—both face-to-face and online. Building your professional image begins with self-reflection.