The Office of Career & Calling helps students figure out what they want to do … and then how to do it! The S.O.A.R. plan guides students through the process of discerning who they are and how they live out their calling.
The Four-Year Plan – Self-Assessment, Occupational Exploration, Actual Decision Making, Results
Explore academic interests by taking a variety of courses.
Meet with career advisor and determine if self-assessment inventories would help narrow down your interests, strengths and values. The Myers-Briggs, SII and StrengthsQuest are available in the Office of Career & Calling.
Gather information about majors/careers you are interested in:
“What Can I Do With A Major In…” sheets are displayed at the Office of Career & Calling.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*NET have specific information on career options.
Interview professors in majors that interest you.
Volunteer/shadow activities that interest you. Use your breaks — winter, spring and summer — to either find jobs in areas of interest or volunteer in addition to working to gain experience and knowledge for the future.
Meet with career advisor to discuss resources & opportunities that will help you further explore your graduate school and/or career-related interests. Brainstorm ideas for complementing your classroom learning with relevant experience to start filling the gaps in your resume.
Learn about career paths that are relevant to your interests in the following ways:
Research career paths through resources such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*NET.
Job shadow an Asbury alum or personal contact to get the insider’s view into a career.
Conduct at least three informational interviews with professionals in your field of interest.
Attend CCC events.
Consider seeking a mentor to discuss path — faculty, employer, etc.
Get involved outside of the classroom through clubs & campus organizations. Choose activities that will allow you to gain experience and further develop your skills.
Develop a base resume & LinkedIn profile.
Consider finding an internship or a summer job that will help develop your marketable skills.
Actual Decision Making
Narrow your occupation options:
Research and talk with professors and professionals about what type of experience is needed in your targeted field.
Weigh the pros and cons of occupations.
Continue to seek opportunities in areas of interest — shadow, volunteer, intern.
Consider your need to continue your education:
Attend graduate school fairs and research various schools of interest.
Meet with career advisor and/or faculty and go over choices and fit for graduate school.
Update your resume & LinkedIn profile.
Intern in a field you are seriously considering.
Decide to pursue a job and/or graduate school.
Develop and implement effective job search strategies.
List all potential contacts and continue to network.
Research organizations or potential employers.
Take GRE or other entrance exam.
Research graduate schools and their requirements for admittance.
Refine & tailor your resume and LinkedIn profile, application materials, cover letters, essays to include specific examples and accomplishments from your experience.