Center for Career Development – University of Tennessee

University of Tennessee – Center for Career Development

Four-Year Career Plan



  • Meet with the Center for Career Development professionals to formulate goals
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals to test interests and develop contacts
  • Build your resume through involvement on campus and work-related experiences including volunteering, part-time jobs and internships
  • Visit the office and have your resume critiqued by a Peer Career Advisor
  • Update your Hire-A-VOL profile and create a LinkedIn account; manage your social media presence professionally
  • Establish relationships with faculty in a major of interest for work and graduate school recommendations
  • Attend the Center for Career Development’s workshops, networking events, panels and job fairs; plan to attend Sophomore Boot Camp in January
  • Maintain a high GPA to compete for positions and graduate school


  • Schedule an appointment with your College Consultant to assess your goals
  • Continue to build your personal brand and update your resume
  • Utilize Hire-A-VOL and your network to secure an internship, research experience or other opportunity related to your goal
  • Attend job fairs throughout the year (many employers visit campus in the fall to secure summer interns)
  • Seek leadership positions in co-curricular activities
  • Participate in career-related student professional associations
  • Schedule a practice interview to develop your professional communication skills
  • Enroll in one of the Center for Career Development’s job search strategies courses
  • (For potential graduate students) Utilize the Center for Career Development’s graduate school resources and workshops to research schools and programs; set deadlines for required steps
  • Attend the Center for Career Development’s events to strengthen job search skills


  • Schedule an appointment with your College Consultant to strategize post-graduate plans
  • Research companies, opportunities and job fairs at the beginning of fall semester
  • Utilize Hire-A-VOL to identify positions and develop targeted resumes and cover letters
  • Take advantage of on-campus recruiting opportunities
  • Enroll in one of the Center for Career Development’s job search strategies courses
  • Continue to network and conduct informational interviews with professionals in your field
  • (For potential graduate students) Have your personal statement critiqued, meet required deadlines for graduate school, and create a back-up plan
  • Complete the first-destination survey to share your success!

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