Welcome Second Year Students!
During your second year of college, you should start to prepare for your career by building your career skills.
Here a few tips to help you PREPARE:
Focus on Your Studies and Aim for Good Grades
It is time to declare your major, develop a plan to complete general education requirements and focus on good grades. The highly trained and courteous staff of faculty and peer tutors at the Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation can provide you with the support you need to achieve academic excellence.
Attend Career Preparation Events
Attend Career Preparation events such as Career Academy, Lunch with a Leader, Career Fairs, and more! Participating in these events teaches you career readiness with the goal of developing lifelong career management skills.
Enhance Your Resume
Continue to update your resume as you take on new courses, extracurricular activities and internships. Consider getting involved in leadership roles on campus, whether it is for a sports team, a club or an on-campus job.
Career and Professional Development provides students access to Big Interview. Use Big Interview to learn and practice your interview skills, whether you’re interviewing for an internship, a job or graduate school.
Update your Handshake profile. Upload your most current resume and have it approved.
Start Looking for Internships
Your second year (or the summer following its completion) is the perfect time to dive into an internship. Starting early gives you the time you need to decide if you have chosen the proper career path. This is a great time to begin building your network of contacts and gaining professional experience through internships.
Consider Studying Abroad
You may want to study abroad if there is an appropriate program that fits your interests and academic needs. International experience is a unique trait that employers will consider when looking at your resume. Learn more about studying abroad from Mercy College’s Center for Global Engagement.
Stay Involved in Campus Activities
Either volunteer or try to get yourself elected for a leadership role in your club for next year (third year). Employers look for involvement and leadership experience in candidates.
Explore Majors and Careers
Choosing a major is an important decision that all college students must make and the Career Team is here to help! Click here to learn about majors and careers.