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What is Your Experiential Plan?

Taking an early and active role in managing your college experience is critical to your future success. Being a proactive planner will keep you on track and will enable you to maximize the various educational opportunities available to you on campus. Experiential Learning offers the following action plans to strengthen your skills, build your professionalism, apply your education and acquire experience.

Ways to Get Started:

FIRST-YEAR
EXPLORE
SOPHOMORE
CHOOSE
JUNIOR
EXPERIENCE
SENIOR
TRANSITION
  • Affirm or discover who you are and what your best career fit is.
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  • Investigate majors and courses that interest you.
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  • Plan how to develop important skills, i.e., communication, leadership, and problem-solving, etc., that employers look for in recent graduates.
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  • Identify advisors and mentors to help you make choices and discover resources.
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  • Choose a major if undeclared and develop an academic and career plan.
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  • Identify advisors and mentors to help you make choices and discover resources.
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  • Begin planning for study abroad or an internship by meeting with the respective departments. Preparation to study abroad must be done months in advance.
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  • Get involved in campus activities such as sports, organizations, clubs, student government, community service and/or leadership roles.

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  • Find employment, volunteer, internship and leadership opportunities that fit your interests, and finalize study abroad plans.
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  • Update your resume and practice writing a cover letter and a thank-you letter. Examples can be found on Hawk Careers (formerly ACES) under Resource Library. Include internship and other relevant experience.
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  • Plan how you can develop or enhance important skills to enhance your resume.
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  • Do an informational interview to learn about an organization and a specific position. Information on this can be found under the Resource Library on Hawk Careers (formerly ACES).
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  • Take time in September to orient yourself to the services provided in the Office of Career Services.
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  • Review & evaluate your college experience and determine which areas need further attention.
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  • Research industries/organizations that interest you
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  • Confirm at least three people to serve as references (professors, supervisors, college administrators)
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  • Research and apply to graduate school, if applicable.
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We Suggest You:

     
  • Visit the Office of Career Services (Drop-in days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Just drop in! Top Floor, Cushing Building)
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  • Visit our website: Hawk Careers (formerly ACES) (Log in using your student I.D. # and password. Contact our office for the password.)
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  • Take our self-assessments. They will help you with your career and/or major exploration:
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  • Connect with your advisor and faculty.
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(If applying to graduation school)
  • If undeclared, talked to professors and students within the major you are considering. Read the major requirements and the course descrpitions to gauge interest.
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  • Attend workshops, career panels, and job/career fairs.
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(And on-campus recruiting events)
  • Investigate campus activities and begin thinking about internships and studying abroad, and get involved!
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  • If you have not already done so, create a LinkedIn profile. Visit the Hawk Careers (formerly ACES) website for tutorials on how to do this.
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(Update your profile)
  • Continue/Start to get involved in leadership activities.
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  • Ask faculty for referrals and job leads
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  • NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK!!
    Network with Saint Anselm alumni & other professionals. Join groups that are related to your field of interest.
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  • Join a professional organization relating to your field, and join a young professionals group in your geographical area (example: Manchester Young Professionals Network)
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  • Be sure your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn photos and content are professional
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  • Be sure your incoming voice mail message is professional, along with your e-mail address
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Contact the Career Development Center via email with your questions.

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