College graduation seems a long way off, but now is the time to start thinking about your career. By starting now, you’ll be as prepared as possible when you get to IU, and when you graduate, your career qualifications will be just as impressive as your potential.
How to Start
Follow these steps to start on your career path
What to do now
- Explore the IU Career Guides from the Career Development Center (CDC) to learn about potential career paths and associated academic programs.
- Look at the CDC’s information about starting your career prep early and IU’s nine-step career exploration process.
- Examine our list of degrees and think about how you might combine majors and minors to match your interests.
- Learn about advanced placement, college credit, and course exemptions, which help you graduate earlier and complete more majors and/or minors.
- Read about internships and other IU experiences and consider which ones you want to participate in.
- Research the faculty in your preferred IU school(s) to see whom you might take classes with and seek advice from.
What to do when you get to IU
- Go to the CDC website to schedule a meeting with a career advisor, access online resources like self-assessments, find for-credit career courses, learn about career events, and more.
- Revisit the IU Career Guides for secrets and tips on how to break into your dream career.
- Talk with your academic advisor about majors and minors that interest you and how you can combine them.
- Seek opportunities to get marketable experience in your chosen career path, from participating in our 750+ student organizations to completing internships.
- Make an effort to connect with your professors outside of class so they can get to know you, your goals, and how they can help.
- Network with other IU students too, especially ones a year or two older than you. Because recent hires often assist with recruiting, they’ll be in a good position to help you as you start your career.
- Take advantage of IU’s alumni network to meet alums who can help your career and to participate in the IU Alumni Association’s career programs for students.