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Undergraduate Students

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Graduate Students

Upon Admission

  • Create a professional profile on LinkedIn and start joining groups (AU, SIS, graduate program).
  • Clean up your online presence on social media.
  • Update your resume using our professional and/or federal resume templates.
  • Make an appointment to meet with your career advisor to have your resume reviewed.
  • Review your graduate program's website for sample academic plans and career resources.

Year 1, Semester 1

  • Explore career paths using the APSIA Career Guide, employer websites, LinkedIn, and more.
  • Take a skills or interest assessment (e.g., Strong, MBTI) through the university career center.
  • Identify the skills and knowledge you'd like to gain over the course of your graduate program.
  • Make an appointment to meet with your career advisor to create a career action plan.
  • Log into AU CareerWeb to view and register for career events.
  • Find an internship or volunteer position to start getting experience in the field.
  • Learn about and apply for fellowships that match your interests and career goals.

Year 1, Semester 2

  • Create and practice your elevator pitch. 
  • Secure an internship or volunteer position if you haven't already.
  • Identify potential networking contacts by researching employers of interest. 
  • Join student and professional associations related to your career goals.
  • Start conducting informational interviews with faculty, alumni, recruiters, and peers. 
  • Create a spreadsheet to keep track of your professional contacts. 
  • Check the AU and SIS calendars regularly and attend interesting/relevant events.

Middle/Summer Semester

  • Review the skills and knowledge you’ve gained thus far. 
  • Identify any skills and knowledge you still need to gain for your target jobs. 
  • Complete at least one internship or volunteer position.
  • Check the AU and SIS calendars regularly and attend interesting/relevant events.

Year 2, Semester 1

  • Revise and practice your elevator pitch.
  • Make an appointment to meet with your career advisor to create a job search strategy. 
  • Participate in a mock interview on Interview Stream or schedule one with a career advisor. 
  • Update your LinkedIn profile and customize your resume for each job application.
  • Continue to conduct informational interviews with faculty, alumni, recruiters, and peers. 
  • Apply for fellowships that match your interests and career goals. 
  • Check the AU and SIS calendars regularly and attend interesting/relevant events.
  • Attend Job Search Support Group meetings.

Year 2, Semester 2

  • Set aside time each day for networking, searching for jobs, and filling out job applications. 
  • Check in with your career advisor for any final resume and cover letter revisions. 
  • Customize your resume for each job application. 
  • Continue to conduct informational interviews with faculty, alumni, recruiters, and peers. 
  • Check the AU and SIS calendars regularly and attend interesting/relevant events.
  • Attend Job Search Support Group meetings.