Sophomore Year: A Year of Exploration

Ground yourself in a major and investigate your interests.

Finalize Your Major(s) and Commit to Academic Success

  1. If undecided, meet with a Career Counselor to assess and confirm your major(s).
  2. Meet with your Academic Advisor to map out the requirements for your major, including study abroad opportunities.
  3. Begin to explore graduate school, if needed, for your career interests. Learn more about potential Fellowships, Scholarships and Grants.

Become Familiar with a Range of Careers in Your Major(s)

  1. What Can I Do with This Major?
  2. O*NET OnLine or Occupational Outlook Handbook
  3. Interview people to learn more about work in your field of interest.
    1. Create a LinkedIn profile.
    2. Search LinkedIn to find alumni in your field.
    3. Connect with alumni via email using the Alumni Directory.
  4. Conduct an Informational Interview with your contacts.
  5. Arrange a job shadow experience and/or participate in the spring Decorah area Job Shadow Program.

Engage in Applied Learning Opportunities

  1. Seek out leadership and committee opportunities in 1-2 student organizations.
  2. Gain work experience and develop skills through part-time jobs, on-campus work-study, off-campus work study, a summer job, or an internship.
    1. Attend the Fall Career Fair.
    2. Attend the Volunteer/Non-Profit Fair in the fall.
    3. Attend Summer Camp Fairs in the spring.
    4. Attend the Spring Career Fair.
    5. Scan HANDSHAKE for summer jobs/internship opportunities.
  3. Participate in volunteer and/or community service opportunities.
  4. Take advantage of undergraduate research opportunities within your major.
  5. Consider study and internship away options at the Center for Global Learning.

Prepare for the World of Work

  1. Update and expand your college resume.
  2. Create your profile on Luther's Handshake platform.
  3. Learn how to prepare for an interview with our online interview preparation software BigInterview.
  4. Before interviewing for a work experience, participate in a Mock Interview with the Career Center.