What the staff there lacks in magnet planning, however, they more than make up for in career planning. Just this week, Director Brian Hirsch introduced the "4 Year Career Curriculum" to some of the staff in Student Affairs. The curriculum (see links in this sentence) is meant to serve as a guide for students over the first, sophomore, junior, and senior years.
The plan is not meant to be a checklist that requires completion in order to get a job. What it does offer is an opportunity for Career Services staff to look at the developmental stages of career planning with students and for students to simply have a guide in being purposeful about their preparation. For me, the guides are easiest read top to bottom. For example, look at "Networking & Communication" through the four years to get an idea of what can be done in that area. The tasks, in the left column, feature great ideas about specific things to be considered or completed.
The guides are not linear. That is, a junior may be doing things that could have been done the previous two years. That's okay: It is a guide. The intended outcome is that students will arrive at their senior year having done as much as possible to prepare them to craft resumes and handle interview questions about what they've been up to for the last four years.
Career Services has a tremendous Web page that will be even better when rolled out as a new version later this fall. Dr. Hirsch, along with Ms. Hough, Career Advisor Maranda Larsen, and Career Services Assistant Sam Hernandez-Jones have also put together a calendar of events for the year -- many of them to be held in the residence hall areas and geared toward the students housed, by classification, in those buildings.
Hopefully students will utilize these resources to be successful in career planning. The instructions are clear and would be worth following. Picture yourself there.