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Career Services Center

Holthusen Hall, First Floor
1324 W. Wisconsin Avenue
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-7423
Fax: (414) 288-5302
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Career Checklist: Senior

Career education is a cycle. The Career Services Center offers Career Checklists by year in college and step in process.  These are recommended steps for you to take to get you closer to professional success.

The Career Services Center has activities and resources to help you complete all of these steps either on your own or with a career counselor. Individual career appointments may be made by calling (414) 288-7423.


Here you can find a step-by-step guide!

  1. Schedule Your Career Counseling Appointment for a career check-in
    Students meet with a career counselor to discuss the career issues of their choice. The counselor will likely ask about personal and career background, interests, coursework, and related aspects that effect career decision making to ensure a good understanding of the student’s unique situation.

  2. Take a Career Course
    Each semester the Career Services Center offers courses on topics ranging from career planning to job search.  Currently some of these courses are listed in the course bulletin under ARSC but are open to all majors.
    1. The career courses, MARQ (ARSC) 1040: Career Planning and Decision Making and MARQ (ARSC) 1050: Job Search Strategies have been cancelled for the upcoming fall and spring semester. In lieu of these courses, the Career Services Center is developing and implementing a new concept of Career Groups. Career Groups will provide the same educational piece for students seeking career education and professional preparation but will provide a more flexible and amenable group dynamic to better serve students. Career Groups will be offered regularly beginning mid-semester of Fall 2014.

  3. Conduct Career Research
    The best way to learn what it is really like in a particular career fields is through research. This can be done in two ways: online resources and informational interviewing (talking to people in the field).

  4. Conduct Informational Interviews with professionals in your field of interest
    Talking to people who currently are in positions and career fields that interest you is one of the best ways to gain valuable career information. The Career Services Center has resources to help you complete this step using LinkedIn and the Marquette University Alumni Association Network.

  5. Develop Your Occupational Targets
    Having one to three clear Occupational Targets helps you better communicate with those in your professional network and with potential employers.  Your Occupational Target is a personal statement defining the specifics you wish to attain through work.

  6. Activate Your Handshake Account
    Marquette’s NEW career platform, Handshake, is now live! Handshake’s intuitive, mobile friendly platform is a great way to stay connected to the Marquette Career Services Center. Handshake has replaced MU Career Manager and will be your one-stop-shop for launching your career!

  7. Find a Career-Related Experience such as an internship, co-op, part-time job, or summer job
    Taking time to gain skills required or preferred in your career field of interest only make you a stronger candidate.  Participating in a career-related experience expands your professional network, exposes you to a professional work environment, and helps make the connection between your academics and your future career.

  8. Write Your Professional Resume and Cover Letter
    Resumes prove that you are qualified for the position.  Therefore having a great resume that outlines your strengths, skills, career goals, and interest in a particular career field is necessary. 

  9. Gather References and Letters of Recommendation
    It's important to be prepared to provide a list of employment references who can attest to the skills and qualifications that you have for the job you are applying for. Plan ahead and get your references in order, before you need them.

  10. Develop Your Professional Network and Join LinkedIn
    More than 75% of new hires are identified through professional networks.  Joining LinkedIn and connecting with industry-related groups and the Marquette University Alumni Association is a great place to start developing your network.

  11. Develop Your Target List
    Targeting employers and programs puts you in full control of your search. Think about those employers for whom you would like to work or programs and institution you would like to attend. 

  12. Attend Career Fairs and Networking Events
    Simply showing up for career fairs and networking events is not enough.  The Career Services Center has activities and resources to help you learn how to prepare and how to follow up for professional events. View upcoming events.

  13. Create Your Elevator Pitch
    Having a prepared “sales pitch” that describes your occupational target or career goal will arm you with all you need to begin an intelligent and effective conversation with new professional contacts.  Be sure to include where you are now (degree, program, year in college), where you have been (career-related, leadership, part-time work experience), and where you are going (future goals). 

  14. Develop Your Interviewing Skills
    Selling yourself in the context of a job interview involves talking about yourself in a way that effectively communicates your well-earned and genuine skills, accomplishments and talents that relate to your fit for a position.  Knowing yourself, and what you have to offer employers will help you to confidently articulate your attributes during an interview.

  15. Build Your Career Wardrobe
    It is important to project a professional image. As you know, you only get one chance to make a first impression.  Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.

  16. Start the Decision Making Process
    Decision-making is not to be taken lightly.  People make decisions a variety of ways.   Career decisions may include anything from choosing a major to comparing job offers. 

  17. Understand Financial Matters and Benefits
    Before making any decisions about your first job, be sure to explore and define your financial needs such as negotiating offers, weighing multiple offers, and other salary lessons. 

  18. Develop The Art of Professionalism
    Any new experience gives you a chance to re-define yourself.  Whether you are beginning a new internship, job, graduate school program, or service program focus on creating the professional image that aspire to. 

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