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Career Architecture Timeline

Stevenson University’s Career ArchitectureSM process guides your student through a career management plan during all four years of their university experience. The Career Architecture Timeline is a suggested guide of activities and reflections for each component of the process throughout four years. 

The suggested timeline of action steps include: 

  • Personal Direction

    We inspire our students to dream about their future and create their own journey through reflective pieces and exercises introduced to all students during the freshman year. This guidance is designed to help them explore individual skills, values, and interests. One-on-one advising and career counseling assist them in the development of a strategic career plan.

    • Individual Career Architecture Plan (ICAP) meetings with career advisors for initial assessment.
    • Initial meeting with career specialist or Industry Specialist to begin work with assessments (Values Card Sort, Dependable Strengths, Motivated Skills Card Sort, and other tools appropriate to the student). These assessments will be particularly helpful to work with students on issues such as major exploration and goal clarification.
    • Participate in Community Service and reflection activities. 
    • Mentor meetings and discussions of goals and values.
    • Review ICAP.
    • Review documentation of Good Experiences for patterns of strength.
    • Prepare for internships and other experiential learning opportunities.
    • Engage in internships and discussions with internship coordinators and site supervisors about strengths and goals.
    • Meetings with career advisor to prepare for Senior Year.
    • Revisit ICAP, career assessments, and monitor progress.
    • Develop and refine professional brand and mastery of the Job Magnet tool that will open opportunities and possibilities.
    • Meet with career advisor to practice articulation of professional brand and reflect on personal awareness.
    • Engagement with the MBTI for the purposes of recognizing similarities and differences in the workplace, as well as for developing effective teams.
  • Discipline Expertise

    Basic career skills are learned through curricula, in-class seminars, and a wide range of university experiences and activities. Students further develop expertise through internships, service-learning, leadership roles, engagement in student organizations and clubs, academic advising, and research.

    • Engage in one-on-one meetings with faculty advisors with major program of study to plan action steps and completion of degree. 
    • Begin to discuss avenues for experiential learning.
    • Participate in industry specific service-learning experiences, write reflective pieces, and begin to develop network. 
    • Engage in research.
    • Develop leadership skills through participation in clubs and activities.
    • Enroll in internship class and engage in internships.
    • Secure internships and other experiential learning opportunities.
    • Reflect on learning and accomplishments and document through the use of portfolios.
    • Master academic curriculum and demonstrate excellence. 
    • Secure letters of recommendation for graduate school and begin exploring programs of study. 
    • Refine portfolio and review learning accomplishments from both in the class and outside of the classroom to select artifacts and experiences that best represent the desired career direction. 
    • Meet with career advisor and faculty to review portfolio. 
    • Complete Senior Capstone class projects.
  • Professional Know-How

    Stevenson imparts the skills and tools students will need to navigate professional challenges and opportunities. This is accomplished through career and exploration events and activities, including symposia, career fairs, exploration tours, shadow days, and informational interviews. Students also engage in career strategic plan development, resume and interview preparation, video mock interviews, portfolio preparation, participation in on-campus recruiting sessions, networking support, and job search coaching.

    • Begin development of resume, establish an account in Handshake, and begin exploring service-learning and internship experiences.
    • Meet with Career Peer Advisors to develop an industry standard resume.
    • Begin attending networking events specific to industry and major and develop the 30-second commercial based upon information obtained from Personal Direction activities. 
    • Participate in mock interviews with alumni, mentors, employers, and career advisors.
    • Shadow professionals and conduct informational interviews with individuals in areas of interest.
    • Participate in campus interviews for internship opportunities. 
    • Attend networking events both on the Stevenson University campus and outside of the university. 
    • Explore professional associations associated with areas of interest and investigate student chapters and rates.
    • Begin application process for graduate school.
    • Refine LinkedIn profile and resumes in Handshake
    • Update portfolio. 
    • Participate in campus interviews for full-time career opportunities. 
    • Attend networking events both on and off campus.
    • Follow up with contacts and referrals. 
    • Confirm list of references. 
    • Make at least two new contacts a day.
    • Meet with career specialist to map out job search plan and progress toward goals.

    To learn more about how Career Architecture is embedded throughout the Stevenson University experience, read through our Stevenson Career Report.