Junior Year - Experience

Continue maintaining a good GPA (particularly if graduate school is an option)

  • You will begin taking upper division courses in your major now, which means you will be faced with more in-depth material, bringing with it greater expectations and challenges.
  • Adjust your study and time management habits to meet these new expectations. Be sure to ask your professors about the best ways to study for their class and prepare for tests early in the quarter. If it is a subject you are particularly interested in, ask what resources they would suggest for further research.


Continue to build relationships with advisors and professors, especially in your major

  • Developing relationships with faculty and staff on campus can be a great way to make sure you are aware of graduation and major requirements to stay on track, valuable resources, academic policies, and opportunities to get involved!
  • You can develop these relationships by meeting regularly with your faculty advisor to check in on your academic planning and success, and to find out what you can be doing to make the most of your time at Western.
  • Ask questions during class and offer comments in class discussions. Visit professor's office hours in your major and talk about career opportunities in the field!


Take a leadership role

  • Become a leader on campus or in the community. Take a leadership role in campus clubs and organizations, or community organizations you are passionate about.
  • Leadership roles are a great way to develop skills attractive to employers, such as: communication, teamwork, organization, professionalism, dependability, passion, and creativity.


Join and attend student professional organizations

  • Joining a professional organization as a student has great benefits, such as: cutting-edge information about your field of interest, networking opportunities, access to conferences and publications, and—best of all—you may have access to research opportunities and career posting! (Not to mention, it looks great on a resume!)
  • Find professional organizations related to your major or field interest by selecting the 'links' option on Career Services Center's "What can I do with a major in…?" web page.


Seek out a relevant internship to match career interests

  • There is no better way to develop employable skills, expand your resume, and network with potential employers than to complete an internship related to your career interests.
  • Internships provide great opportunities to discover what you might want from a future career.
  • To research internships, search the Career Services Center's Internship resources, attend any quarterly career fair, check with your major department for postings, meet with a career counselor, and check postings through professional organizations.


Connect with the Career Services Center for help with resume writing and interview skills

  • Having a strong resume that highlights your skills in reference to your objective is a very important step in the job search process.
  • Next, you need to know how to market yourself and impress an employer in an interview!
  • Career Services Center offers workshops and one-on-one appointments to help you with these job search elements. They even offer mock interviews to help you practice your skills and see yourself on video! Schedule an appointment or attend a workshop.


Network with career professionals at career fairs and other events

  • Getting a job can often be about who you know. Make sure you are networking or 'getting to know' career professionals that may lead to job opportunities.
  • The Career Services Center offers workshops to help you learn the skills of networking and how to prepare for networking at career fairs.
  • Check out the Career Services events calendar to identify your networking opportunities