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A Guide for MVNU Students from the Counseling and Career Center
Freshman | Sophomore | Junior | Senior
- Seek God's guidance as you begin your college career.
- Discover who you are and the strengths God
has given you in your personality, interests, values, and skills.
See the Counseling and Career Center to schedule a Myers-Briggs
interpretation or to work on SIGI Plus.
- Get involved in a variety of extra-curricular
activities and Christian service opportunities.
- Register for a variety of courses to help
you identify what broad areas most interest you.
- Begin to explore various career options that
relate to University majors of interest to you. SIGI Plus and
other tools in the Counseling and Career Center can help.
- Work on getting the highest grades you can.
If you need help with tutoring or other academic assistance,
contact the Academic Support Office.
- Talk with Career Services about your decision
- Read a book each semester that is not required
reading for your coursework. Select one that challenges you in
your thinking and imagination.
- Work on your writing skills by writing home
or to a friend every week or two (instead of always calling on
- Keep aware of what is going on in the world
by reading the newspaper or at least looking up news highlights
on the Internet. (Try US
News, for example.)
- Stay healthy or get healthy by joining intramurals,
exercising regularly, eating well and getting enough sleep.
- Continue to seek God's guidance.
- Choose a major and research career options
that relate to your major.
- Focus on a few extra-curricular or Christian
service activities that will broaden knowledge of your field,
give you leadership experience, and/or help in the development
of skills that will make you more marketable.
- Consider a ministry trip to work with people
of a different culture than your own. Contact the Chaplain's
office for more information.
- Get relevant experience in your area of interest
by volunteer work, a part-time job or a summer job.
- Read as much as possible about the careers
you are considering and leaders in those fields.
- Begin to build a wardrobe of appropriate clothing
for your chosen career (Christmas and birthday gifts?).
- Join a professional organization that will
help you build knowledge of your field. (See Career Services
- Begin to put together a resume. Save it on
a disk. You will make many additions and changes over the next
couple years. See Career Services if you need help.
- Talk to as many people as possible in your
field of interest.
- Continue to seek God's guidance.
- Continue to earn the best grades possible
(on all subjects, but especially in your major).
- Make necessary contacts for potential internship opportunities.
- Continue to work on your resume. It should
be in good shape by the end of your junior year.
- Become actively involved (not just a member)
in extracurricular activities that relate to your major or field
- Begin to identify organizations or employers
that relate to your career goals. See Career Services if you
- Begin to research graduate schools. If you
desire an assistantship, you often have to apply a year early.
If a graduate exam is required, you'll need to know test dates
and registration process.
- Continue to obtain relevant experience in
volunteer, part-time, or summer positions.
- Take relevant elective courses that
will help prepare you for your career goals.
- Continue to build your work wardrobe, read
as much as you can about your field, practice healthy living,
- Look over your Myers-Briggs information again.
Or, schedule an interpretation if you have not yet done so. You
probably will see yourself in a different light now than you
did as a freshman or sophomore.
- Continue to seek God's guidance as you begin your job search.
- If you have not yet had an internship, do
- If you have not applied to graduate school
and taken the required entrance exams, do so early in your senior
- Finalize your resume and register it with
MVNU's Resume Service in the Counseling and Career Center.
- Register with Career Services to begin your
- Watch a video about interview techniques in
the Counseling and Career Center. Set up a time for a mock interview
to help prepare you for the real thing.
- Register to interview with employers who come to campus.
- Check vacancy listings in the Counseling and
Career Center Library and in our Job Postings on the Internet.
- Continue to build your wardrobe, read, write,
stay healthy, etc.
- Attend a job search seminar and any other
career related seminars.
- Attend job fairs, career fairs, and any other
- Finish your University career academically
strong by earning the very best grades you can.
- Network with people to let them know you are
looking for a job.
- Pick up free-for-seniors Job Choices magazine
in the Counseling and Career Center that contains articles about
all aspects of the job search.