1) Sign up for or Update Your Career-field Specific Announcements
Time Commitment: 5 Minutes
Log on to WildcatLink, Davidson's job and internship recruiting system, to sign up for or update your career-field specific e-mail announcements. Once you login go to your Profile and select the Academic tab to choose these preferences.
2) Investigate Your Major and Career Directions
Time Commitment: 2 to 3 Hours
Start by taking our recommended career assessment, Focus-2, which can help you discover majors and careers that could best fit you. Even if you know your path, a career assessment can help confirm your decision. Speak with a Career Services career advisor about your assessment results and about setting up a career plan for your time at Davidson. Meet with faculty in majors of interest to you.
3) Update and Strengthen your Résumé
Time Commitment: 5 to 7 Hours
A strong résumé is key to demonstrating your unique skills and work experience to employers. Get involved on campus, take on leadership roles and secure internships to make your résumé stand out. Stop by walk-in hours or make an appointment to review your résumé with a Career Services career advisor.
4) Secure a Summer Internship
Time Commitment: 10 to 30 Hours
Employers will want to see internship experience on your resume, and this summer is the perfect time to intern in a field that interests you! Research your options early to make sure you have plenty of time to apply. You will want to complete a summer internship before your graduate from Davidson though it is highly recommended that you complete two internships to be the most competitive for full-time jobs. Opportunities are posted throughout the year on WildcatLink, the Nationwide Internships Consortium (NIC), and other databases like Idealist.org and internships.com. Professional connections will also play an important role in helping you to secure an internship. Set up a meeting with a career advisor who will help lead you through your search for an internship.
5) Prepare for Interviews
Time Commitment: 5 to 7 Hours
An internship interview is an opportunity for your interviewer and you to determine your suitability for the position. It is a two-way evaluation of your fit with the organization. Preparation is key to making a positive impression. Take advantage of the interview preparation resources available to you through Career Services such as mock interviews, InterviewStream and interview coaching from alumni.
6) Update Your LinkedIn Profile and Make Connections
Time Commitment: 4 to 10 Hours
Continue to build a strong professional network that will last during your time at Davidson and beyond. Over 8,000 students and alumni use LinkedIn, and it is the primary tool for building your online, professional brand. Connect with students, alumni and other professionals who can help you better understand career paths and develop leads on internships and other experiences.
7) Consider a Job Shadowing Experience
Time Commitment: 8 to 12 Hours
Consider shadowing a Davidson alum or parent for one-day over winter break as they go about their day's work. This is a great way to meet a number of professionals and learn about a field of interest. Job Shadowing opportunities will be posted in WildcatLink.