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Building Your Future

Whether you are a new or continuing student, now is the time to begin planning for your future, and the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) 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 CPDC website to obtain career resource guides for each major, links to professional associations and career exploration resources.
  2. Consider enrolling in FYSP1010: Career Exploration & Decision-Making. This course is targeted toward first year students and is offered during the first eight weeks of the spring semester.
  3. Register with ColonialTRAK, the CPDC's online job-listing database, through the CPDC website. Explore career-related summer positions.
  4. Apply for work-study positions, posted in ColonialTRAK.
  5. Get acquainted with the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC). Meet with your career coach to begin exploring or confirming a choice of major. Meet with and get to know your academic advisor, faculty members and administrators.
  6. Discover campus organizations through the Office of Student Life. (Nicholson Center - Second Floor, 412-397-6489)
  7. Learn how the Center for Student Success can assist you with tutoring and academic issues. (Nicholson Center - First Floor, 412-397-6862)
  8. Visit the Counseling Center to help with personal adjustment concerns, academic stress, and family issues.  (Patrick Henry, Lower Level, 412-397-5900)
  9. Contact the Office of Student Civic Engagement to participate in volunteer protects and community service as a way to develop skills and explore possible careers. (Nicholson Center - Room 267, 412-397-6490)
  10. Explore study abroad options through the Center for Global Engagement. (Colonial Village #2 (Teetz Alumni House), 412-397-6493)
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. 
  2. Update your ColonialTRAK profile, upload/edit your resume, and explore internships.
  3. Use the CPDC website and other Internet links to explore careers, learn about employers and develop an understanding about the world of work.
  4. Discover the value of informational interviews and begin speaking with professionals in your field(s) of interest. Join the Robert Morris University Career Network on Search the RMU Career Network,, and other professional networking sites for an alumni mentor. 
  5. Join and participate in clubs, organizations, and sports/intramurals that interest you. Identify student professional organizations related to your major. 
  6. Consider on-campus, part-time, temporary or seasonal positions and community service activities that relate to your major to help you develop skills and gain experience. The CPDC can help you research and identify opportunities.
  7. Learn how to research employers through ReferenceUSA, a database available through the RMU eLibrary. 
  8. Attend the Career Expo and Spring Career Fair to learn about careers and explore internship opportunities. 
  9. Obtain information about RMU's Academic Internship Program from the CPDC and your academic department.
Junior Year: Clarifying goals and testing options
  1. Refer to the CPDC 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 ColonialTRAK profile and resume.
  4. 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.
  5. Participate in a practice interview with your career coach and/or an employer volunteer. Opportunities for practice interviews with employers are posted in ColonialTRAK. 
  6. Consider internships, temporary employment and volunteer positions to increase your skill base, develop an employment history, and gain relevant experience. Obtain information about the Academic Internship Program and search ColonialTRAK to explore opportunities and apply for positions.
  7. Attend the Career Expo and Spring Career Fair to meet with employers about internship and summer job opportunities.
  8. Explore the possibility of attending graduate or professional school. If interested, attend a CPDC-sponsored graduate school information session to begin researching schools, admission tests, and financial aid information. Refer to the Graduate School Planning Tip Sheet.
  9. Consider enrolling in FYSP1011: Transitioning from College to Career. This course, offered during the fall, is targeted toward graduating students who are preparing for the job search and life after college. 
Senior Year: Seeking professional employment or graduate school acceptance
  1. Attend a Jump-Start Your Job Search seminar to learn how to conduct a successful job search for full-time professional positions. 
  2. Update your ColonialTRAK resume and profile and submit resumes for on-campus interviews and full-time job postings.
  3. Attend workshops and programs to obtain assistance on resume writing, interviewing and job search strategies. Meet with your career coach if you need assistance in clarifying your goals or job objectives. 
  4. Participate in a practice interview.
  5. Design a marketing strategy and a timeline for your post-graduation plans.
  6. Continue networking through the Robert Morris University Career Network,, professional organizations and with friends, parents, faculty and alumni to identify possible employment leads. 
  7. Attend the Career Expo, Spring Career Fair, networking events, and employer information sessions, posted in ColonialTRAK, to meet with employers and learn about jobs.
  8. Contact employers using the on-campus-recruiting program, job fairs, the Internet, professional associations and library resources. Research employers through ReferenceUSA, available through the RMU eLibrary. 
  9. For graduate and professional school, remember to take the necessary entrance examinations, write admissions essays, complete applications, and request faculty members and employers to serve as references.