Test out your interests by gaining experience beyond the classroom.
Expand Your Academic Knowledge
- Work closely with your faculty advisors to review your remaining academic requirements to complete your major(s).
- Discuss your career aspirations and post-grad plans with your faculty advisor. (e.g. work, graduate school or a full-time post-grad volunteer service program).
Refine Your Career Interests and Acquire Professional Skills
- Continue to explore career fields and identify preferred network settings.
- Conduct informational interviews or shadow professionals in your field of interest.
- Seek out on-campus work study positions or off-campus work study positions that tie to your career interests and/or will help you develop skills in your career field of interest. Contact the work coordinator in the Financial Aid Office to discuss your interests and available work-study options.
- Hold a leadership position on a committee or in a student organization (e.g. music, athletics, service, SAC, etc.).
- Engage in off-campus applied learning opportunities through internships, undergraduate research, clinical/practicum/field experience, local volunteer community service, and/or study abroad.
Prepare for the World of Work
- Become familiar with the Career Center internship and job search resources.
- View CareerSpot videos on job search, networking, interviewing, etc.
- Sharpen your interviewing skills with our online interview preparation software BigInterview.
- Tailor your resume for each job application and have it critiqued by a Career Counselor.
- Update your personal profile on Luther's HANDSHAKE portal and upload your resume. Scan Handshake for employment opportunities. You may log-in using your NorseKey information.
- Update and expand your LinkedIn profile.
- Use LinkedIn and the Alumni Directory to build a professional network to assist in your internship/job search.
- Investigate employment opportunities in your field of interest and/or post-grad full-time volunteer service opportunities.
- Attend the Fall Career Fair and Spring Career Fair and view the video "Career Fair Success."
- Utilize the On-Campus Recruiting Program and events hosted by the Iowa College Recruiting Network (ICoRN).
- Participate in a mock interview with the Career Center.
Prepare for the World of Graduate School
- Meet with a Career Counselor and faculty member/advisor to discuss your interest in graduate school.
- Become familiar with Career Center graduate school resources.
- Career Guide - Attending Graduate School (PDF).
- Read article, "To Go or Not to Go" (PDF).
- Attend the Considering Graduate School workshop. See calendar for upcoming workshops.
- Identify potential graduate or professional schools and post-grad fellowship and scholarship opportunities. Current contact person for fellowship and scholarship assistance is: Elizabeth Steding, Associate Professor of German/Director of Student Honors and Fellowships, Main 404
- Attend the Fall Graduate/Professional School Fair.
- Develop a list of your top potential schools and make plans to visit them.
- Research program application deadlines and requirements for the programs you are considering.
- Register and prepare for Graduate School admissions tests required by the programs you are considering (GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.).
- Begin writing your personal statement and completing graduate school applications and have them reviewed by a Career Counselor and your Faculty Advisor.