Senior-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.
Your challenge as a senior is to integrate the experiences, knowledge and self-discovery of the past three years, decide on a career path that is right for you, and take the necessary steps to make it happen.
Senior Action Steps
- Have your updated resume critiqued by the Career Center.
- Upload your revised resume to College Central and search for positions.
- Draft a cover letter that can be adapted for a variety of audiences.
- Participate in a videotaped Mock Interview.
- Decide on the type of professional work or graduate program you're seeking.
- Get an internship or related work experience if you haven't already.
- Design a campaign strategy and a timeline for your post-graduate plans.
- Take a leadership position with a club or organization.
- Identify people who will be references for you. Ask them if they are willing to serve as a reference and give them a copy of your resume.
- Consider spending a year after college as a volunteer with Americorp, the Jesuit Volunteers or a similar program.
If conducting a job search:
- Narrow down the geographic region in which you'd like to work.
- Select your interview attire.
- Check the Career Center Calendar and register for appropriate on-campus interviews and resume referral companies.
- Develop an employer prospect list and schedule off-campus interviews.
- Tap into your network for leads, advice and assistance with your job search.
- Attend local and regional job fairs to connect with potential employers.
- Research openings listed on various websites and post your resume.
- Follow up on all applications and keep a record of the status of each.
- Be prompt in responding to employers' requests for interviews or job offers.
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.