4 Year Career Plan

The Smith Career Center is an integral part of the networks between Bradley University students and employers. The Smith Career Center does much more than help students and alumni find jobs. We provide comprehensive career services and extensive networking opportunities.

4 Year Career Plan (pdf)

Choosing and attaining a meaningful career requires active participation in all phases of the search as well as sincere commitment to professional conduct. Bradley University students should review and honor the Student Principles for Professional Conduct throughout the entire job search process.


Freshmen | Sophomores | Juniors | Seniors

Freshmen

Become familiar with the services the Smith Career Center (SCC) offers

Discover the variety of career options available

  • Visit the Pardieck Memorial Career Library in the SCC to view books and other materials
  • Learn more about your interests, abilities, and work values (visit the Smith Career Center to learn more)
  • Browse "What Can I Do With This Major" to view options, types of industries, and strategies you can use to prepare for your field of choice
  • Visit faculty members, seniors, and alumni at the Academic Majors and Minors Fair to explore career options
  • Attend career seminars and employer-led workshops to learn more about fields, industries, and options
  • Meet and talk with employer representatives at job fairs to discuss employment options and application requirements

Use eRecruiting, Bradley's online career system

  • Log into eRecruiting using MyBU
  • Review job listings for part-time, summer, and internship/co-op opportunities
  • Conduct career research to learn more about your chosen field

Begin building your resume

  • Attend a workshop and Resume Critique Day to develop and polish your resume
  • Use the convenient Overnight Review Service and receive input from your Career Advisor


Sophomores

Along with the previous activities:
Continue to use all of the services offered by the Smith Career Center

  • Meet with your Career Advisor to discuss internship/co-op options
  • Use the SCC Web site to locate information about resumes, cover letters, interviews, and job search sites
  • Frequent SCC events (workshops, career seminars, and job fairs) to meet employers and learn about options

Update your profile in eRecruiting, Bradley's online career system

  • Log into eRecruiting using MyBU
  • Learn how to "save a search" to be notified about internship/co-op opportunities that meet your criteria
  • Explore various employers and industries to learn about available options

Continue to develop your resume

  • Visit with your Career Advisor to discuss ways to enhance your resume or use the convenient Overnight Review Service
  • Ask employers during Resume Critique Day for ideas and suggestions
  • Publish your resume in eRecruiting

Define career options by gaining experience and networking with professionals in your field

  • Participate in activities/organizations on and off campus to gain leadership experience
  • Attend career seminars and employer-led workshops to learn more about fields, industries, and options
  • Attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair to learn about post-graduation academic opportunities

Obtain career-related work experience to learn more about your field of interest

  • Attend a Cooperative Education & Internship Info Session, apply for jobs and register for internship/co-op courses
  • Meet employers at each of the job fairs and discuss internship/co-op, part-time, summer, and full-time positions
  • Participate in campus recruiting and interview for available opportunities
  • Visit the SCC Web site to explore job search sites (use "General" and "Internships" links to visit sites that appeal to all majors or specialized links such as "by College/Major", "Non-Profits", "by Location", "Government" for specific areas)
  • Read e-mails from the SCC (sent each week) for sample jobs and internships listed in eRecruiting
  • Increase involvement within on-campus and off-campus organizations, seek committee/leadership roles and opportunities to develop skills
  • Participate in activities/organizations on and off campus to gain leadership experience


Juniors

Along with the previous activities:
Continue to use all of the services offered by the Smith Career Center

  • Visit the SCC and Pardieck Memorial Career Library and learn about different industries and occupations
  • Meet with your Career Advisor and continue to discuss internship/co-op options
  • Use the various Web-based resources on the SCC Web site to locate information about resumes, cover letters, interviews, and links to job search sites
  • Frequent SCC events (workshops, career seminars, and job fairs) to network with employers and learn about options
  • Enroll in ELH 301 - Planning Employment Strategies (BUS 220 - Career Planning Strategies for FCBA students)

Update your profile in eRecruiting, Bradley's online career system

  • Log into eRecruiting using MyBU
  • Learn how to "save a search" to be notified about internship/co-op opportunities that meet your criteria
  • Explore various employers and industries to learn about available options

Continue to develop your resume

  • Visit with your Career Advisor to discuss ways to further enhance your resume
  • Ask employers during Resume Critique Day for ideas and suggestions
  • Use the convenient Overnight Review Service and receive input from your Career Advisor
  • Update and publish your resume in eRecruiting (GPA, contact information, experiences, etc.)

Define career options by gaining experience and networking with professionals in your field

  • Attend a college-focused Cooperative Education & Internship Info Session, apply for jobs and register your position
  • Participate in activities/organizations on and off campus to gain leadership experience
  • Attend career seminars and employer-led workshops to learn more about fields, industries, and options
  • Attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair to learn about post-graduation academic opportunities

Pursue additional career-related work experiences to obtain additional information about your field of interest

  • Use your eRecruiting account to locate internship/co-op, part-time, summer, and full-time opportunities
  • Meet employers at each of the job fairs and discuss internship/co-op and full-time positions
  • Participate in campus recruiting and interview for available opportunities
  • Read e-mails from the SCC (sent each week) for sample jobs and internships listed in eRecruiting
  • Utilize projects from internship/co-op sites, volunteer opportunities, classes, and organizations as a means to develop and enhance skills and knowledge


Seniors

Along with the previous activities:
Seek assistance and guidance from your Career Advisor as job offers are received. Discuss all offers; learn about negotiating salary and benefits Frequently use all of the services offered by the Smith Career Center

  • Maintain regular contact with your Career Advisor, finalize plans for your individualized job search
  • Use Internet job search resources; familiarize yourself with the SCC Web site and list of links
  • Utilize the various Web-based resources on the SCC Web site to locate information about resumes, cover letters, interviews, and links to job search sites
  • Frequent SCC events (workshops, career seminars, and job fairs) to meet employers and learn about options

Review all areas of your eRecruiting account

  • Log into eRecruiting using MyBU
  • Ask your Career Advisor to show you how to fully utilize the eRecruiting system for your search
  • Develop networking contacts through the "employers" area
  • Review job listings frequently and apply for all positions of interest
  • Sign-up for all appropriate campus interviews and attend employer information sessions

Finalize your resume and cover letter

  • Talk with your Career Advisor to enhance your resume and develop cover letters
  • Attend a Resume Critique Day and discuss with employers additional ways augment your resume
  • Update and publish your resume in eRecruiting (GPA, contact information, experiences, etc.)

Apply for full-time positions or graduate programs

  • Attend a job search info session as well as other SCC workshops
  • Prepare for and attend job fairs and employer-led events to meet with representatives
  • Actively participate in campus recruiting opportunities offered by employers
  • Obtain leadership roles within activities/organizations on and off campus
  • Complete your final career-related work experience (internship, student teaching, practicum, etc.)
  • Visit admissions representatives at the Graduate and Professional School Fair and apply for academic programs