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Own Your Future
Where are you headed? Obviously, towards a degree. But your degree is just the beginning of the journey. At Temple University Career Center, we'll help you navigate the process of discovering your career, learning new skills, packaging your abilities, and building your network. To accomplish such an important goal, we've created four essential steps that will help you no matter where or when you begin, and ultimately own your future. Refer to the Temple University Career Guide and the checklist below to guide you through every aspect of the career development process.
Explore Your Options
- Use assessment tools, including Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Strong Interest Inventory, and Focus 2, to gain an understanding of career paths and graduate school options based on your interests, skills, and values.
- Meet with a career coach who will interpret career assessments.
- Explore career paths with the virtual resource, What Can I Do With This Major?
- Discover employers recruiting Temple students and explore internship opportunities in Handshake.
- Learn about career paths where graduate school may be necessary and begin to explore steps to attend.
- Find opportunities that align with your intellectual and future professional goals with Office of Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising.
- Explore fields outside your major through your GenEds. There are over 130 courses in the GenEd inventory representing nearly every academic subject.
Build Your Brand
- Meet with a career coach at the Career Center or career advisor at the Professional Development Center at your school or college.
- Develop your resume and other professional materials, such as a CV, personal website or portfolio. Modify these materials as you progress through your college career by adding courses, internships, projects, and volunteer and leadership experiences.
- Write a cover letter for each internship and/or job application that is part of your journey.
- Visit the University Career Center's Professional Development Corner for your LinkedIn headshots, business cards and to print your resume. With your LinkedIn photo and critiqued resume, build your LinkedIn profile.
- Learn how to interview one of three ways: 1) Schedule a mock interview with a career coach, 2) reserve a spot through the Mock Interview Program at the Career Center, and 3) use InterviewStream, an online resource.
- Build your professional wardrobe, which includes an interview suit, casual business attire, dress shoes, and a padfolio.
- Attend professional development events for career advice and to network with alumni and employers organized by the Career Center, the Professional Development Center at your school or college, campus department or student organization.
- Learn how to incorporate skills acquired in your GenEd classes into your resume, cover letters, and job interviews.
- Access Handshake or your school or college's job board to search for internships and jobs, and learn about career fairs, networking and graduate school events to attend.
- Be an active member or leader of a club or organization on campus or in your community.
- Learn about study abroad options and internship abroad opportunities by visiting the office of Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses and by using GoinGlobal on the Career Center's website.
- Conduct an informational interview with someone who works in your field or area of interest.
- Seek out opportunities to gain research experience working with a faculty member.
Make Your Path
- Search for full time jobs, fellowships and postgraduate internships on Handshake or your school or college's online job board.
- Decide if graduate school is appropriate for your career goals and explore graduate school options.
- Explore fellowships and post-graduate scholarships.
- Share your future plans with us by completing our brief post-graduation survey.
- Senior year, the Owl Network to meet alumni mentors within your industry of interest.
- Stay connected to Temple University! The Career Center offers career resources and advice for alumni.