Career Services - Scott Campus - 4-Year Professional Development Checklist

4-Year Professional Development Checklist

Your career success matters. It’s never too early to start working toward the career you want. In fact, starting off on the right foot your first year can put you leaps and bounds ahead of the competition to land you the job you want. Our recommendations for launching your career success are listed by year below.

1st-Year Students
Explore engineering and build your foundation
□ Attend the NUBE (Nebraska Undergraduates Becoming Engineers) Experience to learn about industry
□ Create your resume – attend a resume workshop or get yours reviewed through career coaching
□ Create your profile on Handshake and upload your resume
□ Attend Engineering Study Stops early in the semester to start off on the right foot academically
□ Take ENGR 100: Freshman Engineering Seminar in the Fall
□ Attend a career fair to network, to practice introducing yourself, and to research companies
□ Meet with and get to know your academic advisor each semester, who will be a great resource for you
Get involved with at least one student organization, community service, or project team, and stay involved
□ Attend E-Week in February to network with industry, fellow students, and the community
□ Plan for an internship or related work experience over the summer

2nd-Year Students
Build your skills and grow your network
□ Take ENGR 200: Career Development Seminar in the Fall or Spring
□ Attend Engineering Study Stops for assistance in your general engineering courses
□ Update your resume – have your resume reviewed through career coaching
□ Update your profile and resume in Handshake
□ Maintain your grades so you can be professionally admitted to your major junior year
□ Explore your strengths and skills through career coaching
□ Make use of career fair preparation workshops and walk-in resume review days
□ Attend a career fair to search for internship or co-op opportunities
□ Connect with at least two faculty members and maintain meaningful professional contact
□ Research into study abroad; there are a few specific Engineering study abroad options
□ Get further involved in a student organization: serve on a committee, project, or in a leadership position
□ Meet with your Academic Advisor each semester to make sure you’re on track
□ Attend E-Week in February to grow your network
□ Plan for an internship, related work experience, or research position (REU or UCARE) over the summer

3rd-Year Students
Find your niche, improve your skills, and complete an internship
□ Update your resume with new skills and experience
□ Update your Handshake  profile and search for summer opportunities early
□ Complete a mock interview to hone your interviewing skills prior to the career fair
□ Make use of career fair preparation workshops and walk-in resume review days
□ Attend a career fair to search for internship and opportunities, or explore graduate/professional school
□ Discuss electives that will expand your technical and communication skills with your academic advisor
□ Consider applying to and attending the Complete Engineer Conference
□ Further connect with your 2+ faculty members, and ask for a reference if needed
□ Start to identify potential mentors in your professional network, and maintain contact
□ Plan for an internship, co-op, or research position (REU or UCARE) over the summer

4th-Year / 5th-Year Students & Beyond
Prepare for the job search and success at your first job
□ Complete a graduation check with your academic advisor
□ Fine tune your resume with any new details, skills, and experience
□ Update your Handshake  profile and use it to search for job opportunities
□ Make use of career coaching with Bonnie to fill any gaps in interview skills, job search techniques, etc.
□ Attend a career fair to begin your job search
□ Consider applying to and attending the Complete Engineer Conference
□ Apply to graduate or professional school and take entrance exams if required
□ Attend workshops for graduating students to prepare you for success after graduation, such as managing your finances
□ Ask your faculty members and professional network to serve as references for you
□ Take the FE Exam after attending the spring FE Licensure Workshop
□ Prepare to negotiate your offer(s) – get assistance through career coaching
□ Fill out all graduation surveys through UNL, UNO, the College of Engineering, and your department