A Four-Year Career Development Plan
First Year: Discover
Visit the Career Center
Learn more about the many opportunities the Career Center offers, such as resume review, mock interviews and career and internship opportunities.
Create a GATORWORKS profile
GATORWORKS, NDMU's job and internship database, provides real time information on current internships, fellowships, practicums, job opportunities, etc.
Attend a Career Center workshop
During the academic year, the Career Center offers a range of informative workshops and events, such as Twitter chats with a faculty member, Gator Talks and the Career Center's signature event, Career and Internship Fair.
Sophomore Year: Determine
Access your skills
Meet with a counselor and learn how your values, interest, talents and personality can contribute to your major and collegiate goals. With tools such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Career Center can help leverage your strengths to help you select a major that fits.
Gain professional experience
Learn more about your career field through internships, researching, volunteering and job shadowing. The Career Center provides mock interviews, career preparation workshops, cover letter and resume review.
Attend a panel discussion
GatorTalks, an 18 minute interactive talk, led by NDMU alumni or a leading professional expert. GatorTalks cover an array of topics.
With over 50 clubs and organization, NDMU has something for everyone. Can’t find a club you’re interested in? Start your own.
Audit your online persona
Your online footprint is your introduction to most employers. When posting to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, etc.), be mindful of the impression your posting may have on potential employers. Take the time to search yourself online and remove anything that’s negative and/or unprofessional.
Attend the Internship and Networking Fair
Get a firsthand look at a potential career and learn about several companies by attending the fair.
Junior Year: Develop
Review your freshman and sophomore year check list
By assess your progress, you can determine what needs improvement and begin planning for life after college.
Meet with your career counselor
Set definitive post-collegiate goals by securing an internship, research opportunity or fellowship.
Make professional connections
Reach out to alumni or connect with other professionals by attending events for professional organizations or panel discussion.
Make the summer count
Make your time worthwhile. Gain experience through an internship, summer employment or research opportunity.
Prepare your post-graduation plan
Are you planning on attend graduation school or work fulltime? Begin evaluating your options and make plans to reach your end goal.
Attend the Career and Internship Fair
Meet with employers and learn about the career and internship opportunities. This is a great way for you to start preparing for post-graduation life.
Senior Year: Define
The application process for jobs and graduate school can be very tedious and time consuming. Get a head start by submit your application early.
Practice your sales pitch
Make an appointment with the Career Center to schedule a mock interview session which will help you create a pitch that is clear, concise and compelling, to share with potential employers.
Cultivate your online brand
Use your online presence to highlight your knowledge, experience and accomplishments. Share links to your projects. Follow companies and leaders in your field of interest to stay abreast of the latest trends.
Leverage your networks
In addition to creating a LinkedIn profile, an essential networking and job search tool, connect with alumni. Developing and expanding your network will assist in landing your dream job and adding professional contacts.
Attend the Career and Internship Fair
If you’ve landed a job or still looking for one, attending the fair is a great way to learn about other professional opportunities or build your network. You never know who you’ll meet!