Career Planning

It's never too early to begin planning and training for your career.

Five Career Planning Steps

1. Assess Yourself

  • What interests and skills have you developed?
  • What do you like best: working with people, things, or ideas and information?
  • What subjects really interest you?

2. Explore Possibilities:

  • Read about various career possibilities of interest to you.
  • Get experience: part time work, volunteering, co-op education.
  • Explore options through apprenticeships, mentoring, and career days.

3. Inform Yourself

  • What are the qualifications needed?
  • What are the projected needs for this type of position in the future?
  • What are the working conditions: working alone, with others, indoors, outdoors, etc.
  • What are the work place laws you need to know about?

4. Prepare Yourself:

  • Have your resume and cover letter ready and available.
  • Make up a job hunting plan including goals, contacts, and schedules.
  • Find out information about the company.

5. Present Yourself:

  • Make sure that your resume is articulate and professional.
  • Make sure that your appearance is professional, well groomed, and presentable.
  • Career Planning Materials
  • The Office of Career Development has many career planning materials that you can come by and take with you.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a unique educational program that combines academic instruction with a supervised career-related work experience. A co-op student will:

  • Receive a practical education.
  • Receive a competitive salary.
  • Contribute to the employer's productive work effort.

The Cooperative Education Program at Claflin University allows a student who has completed 45 semester hours to alternate a semester of paid employment with a company related to the student's major field with a similar period of study until the senior year. The student must complete a minimum of two work periods. This enables the student to integrate classroom work with practical on-the-job experience while studying for their undergraduate degree.

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