Internships, Jobs, Graduate or Professional School
A search process, regardless of your goal, is just that—a process. The search requires time, effort, and planning to be effective—there are no one-shot deals. Starting early is ideal so that you have time to truly explore and weigh your options as well as minimize lost opportunities. Networking is part of your search at every step, offering the possibility of help in defining your search, identifying good opportunities, and gaining assistance with the application process.
General Tasks and Timelines:
- From your self-assessment, define what you are seeking—type of position/program, type of organization/school, location, etc.
- Have your application documents ready—résumé, transcripts, personal statements, etc.
- Do your research—get as much information as you can about your options and the requirements. Do you need to attain additional certification? Do you need to take graduate school entrance exams? Do you need to get additional experience before applying? Don’t underestimate how long the search process will take!
- Apply for those options that fit your needs and goals, maintaining organized records to keep track of dates, contacts, etc.
- Follow-up! Plan follow-up into your routine.