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Junior-year Career Action Plan

The Career Action Plan (CAP) at the Mount is a four-year program that guides students through a systematic career development process. Highly experiential in nature, the program is based on our belief that work is a "calling," a vocation that gives your life purpose and meaning. Each year of the CAP includes a checklist of suggested activities to develop a student's skills and career readiness.

Get ready to make some tentative decisions about your graduate school and/or job search plans. Begin to map out your strategies.

Junior Action Steps:

  • Identify at least three career and/or graduate or professional school options that match your interests.
  • Discuss your options with your academic advisor or a career counselor.
  • Have your updated resume critiqued by the Career Center.
  • Build professional experience through an internship, volunteer, or summer job. Begin to research internships on College Central
  • Develop your network of contacts.
  • If considering graduate school, use the Career Center resources to research programs, entrance exams and application deadlines.
  • Attend career and graduate school fairs.
  • Begin to research organizations and the opportunities they offer.
  • Assume a leadership role with a club or activity.
  • Join student chapters of professional organizations.
  • Demonstrate your competencies in teamwork, leadership, technical and communication skills.

If pursuing graduate or professional school admission:

  • Consult with your graduate or professional school advisor or set up an appointment with the Career Center for assistance with the process.
  • Register for and take the appropriate entrance examinations.
  • Narrow down your choice of schools and obtain the applications.
  • Prepare your personal statements and applications.
  • Request letters of recommendation.
  • Submit application materials on time and check with the institutions prior to the deadline date to make sure your file is complete.
  • If possible, visit with institutions that accept you. Send a deposit to your school of choice.
  • Notify other schools that have accepted you of your decision.
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