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FACULTY/STAFF > DEPARTMENTS & OFFICES > CAREER CENTER > STUDENT SERVICES > BUILDING YOUR FUTURE
Building Your Future

Whether you are a new or continuing student, now is the time to begin planning for your future, and the Career Center at Robert Morris University is the place to start. Through a variety of services, we can help you identify possible career paths, obtain internship experience and launch a job or graduate search. This four-year planning guide is designed to help you take advantage of the many opportunities available to you as a Robert Morris University student.
  1. Freshman Year: Adjusting to college...increasing academic and career awareness
  2. Sophomore Year: Making and confirming decisions...exploring options
  3. Junior Year: Clarifying goals and testing options
  4. Senior Year: Seeking professional employment or graduate school acceptance
Freshman Year: Adjusting to college...increasing academic and career awareness
  1. Use the Career Center website to obtain comprehensive career information, including career resource guides for each undergraduate major, Internet links to professional associations and career exploration resources.
  2. Explore career options by attending First Year Experience classes, Career Center workshops and the Career Expo.
  3. Register with ColonialTRAK, the Career Center's online job-listing database. Explore career-related summer positions.
  4. Discover campus organizations through the Office of Student Life. (Nicholson Center - Second Floor, 412-397-4352)
  5. Get acquainted with the Career Center. Meet with your careercounselor to begin exploring or confirming a choice of major. Meet with and get to know your academic advisor, faculty members and administrators.
  6. Learn how the Center for Student Success can help you overcome personal adjustment concerns, academic stress and family issues, as well as assist you with tutoring. (Nicholson Center - Second Floor, 412-397-4349)
  7. Contact the Office of Student Civic Engagement to participate in volunteer protects and community service activities as a way to develop skills and explore possible careers. (Nicholson Center - Second Floor, 412-397-2557)
  8. Explore study abroad options through the Office of International Student Services & Study Abroad Programs. (Nicholson Center - Second Floor, 412-397-2151)
Sophomore Year: Making and confirming decisions...exploring options
  1. Make or confirm your choice of major. Begin exploring a double major or minor if interested. Attend Business and Professional Communications classes.
  2. Update your ColonialTRAK profile, upload/edit your resume.
  3. Obtain information about RMU's Academic Internship Program from the Career Center and your academic department.
  4. Learn how to research employers and explore career options for various majors. Read career descriptions and attend the Career Expo to learn about careers and explore internship opportunities.
  5. Join and participate in clubs, organizations, and sports/intramurals that interest you.
  6. Use the Career Center website and other Internet links to explore careers, learn about employers and develop an understanding about the world of work.
  7. Consider on-campus, part-time, temporary or seasonal positions as well as community service activities that relate to your major to help you develop skills and gain experience. The Career Center can help you identify opportunities.
  8. Discover the value of informational interviews and begin speaking with professionals in your field(s) of interest.
Junior Year: Clarifying goals and testing options
  1. Refer to the Career Center website to discover valuable links and employment tips.
  2. Revise your resume to include relevant and selective information to share with a prospective employer.
  3. Update your profile and resume on ColonialTRAK.
  4. Consider internships, temporary employment and volunteer positions to increase your skill base, develop an employment history, and gain relevant experience. Obtain Academic Internship Program information and register with the Career Center through ColonialTRAK to explore opportunities and apply for positions.
  5. Continue informational interviews with professionals in your field to learn about careers, seek advice, and lay the groundwork for an internship experience. Network with people to learn about career options and how to access the job market.
  6. Attend the Career Expo to meet with employers about internship and summer job opportunities.
  7. Participate in a practice interview with your career counselor.
  8. Explore your options and desire to attend graduate or professional school. If interested, attend a Career Center-sponsored graduate school informational session to begin researching schools, admission tests and financial aid information. Refer to the Timetable for Graduate School Planning Tip Sheet.
Senior Year: Seeking professional employment or graduate school acceptance
  1. Attend a Focus On Your Future seminar to prepare for life after college. Learn how to conduct a successful job search for full-time professional positions. The seminar will also include information regarding graduate school and the application process.
  2. Update your profile and resume on ColonialTRAK and submit resumes for on-campus interviews and job postings for full-time positions that interest you.
  3. Design a marketing strategy and a timeline for your post-graduation plans.
  4. Attend career-related workshops and programs to obtain assistance on resume writing, interviewing and job search strategies. Meet with your career counselor if you need assistance in clarifying your goals or job objectives. Participate in a practice interviews with your career counselor.
  5. Continue networking through professional organizations and with friends, parents, faculty, and alumni to identify possible employment leads.
  6. Attend the Career Expo and employer information sessions, posted in RMU ColonialTRAK, to meet with recruiters and learn about jobs.
  7. Contact employers using the on-campus-recruiting program, job fairs, the Internet, professional associations and library resources.
  8. For graduate and professional school, remember to take the necessary entrance examinations, complete applications, and request faculty members and employers to serve as references.