Creating a Path to a Major and/or a Career
The information provided below is a general guide to academic planning for your four years at Xavier. This document is also available as a one-page PDF.
Goal: Explore diverse majors and/or career opportunities; become informed.
- Talk with academic advisor or department chair/career counselors.
- Take a core course that interests you.
- Attend Major Exploration Sessions, October, fall semester, to gather information about the following:
- Discuss career information with academic advisor.
- Visit a Career Services Center counselor and discuss services available to assist students with career choices.
- Continue to search, discuss, and collaborate with academic advisor to arrive at a major/minor, or change major and add minor; study abroad.
Goal: Explore, select, change, confirm majors/minors and/or college.
- Discuss academic program with academic advisor.
- Attend career workshop/forum for Undecided sophomores, others.
- Attend various career workshops with career counselor (CSC) and take the Self-Directed Search Test; other tests.
- Obtain web-based career information from career counselor; search web materials and discuss information with academic advisor.
- Collaborate with career counselor and academic advisor upon completion of Self-Directed Search; other tests.
- Map career path and select courses which lead toward a major, graduation.
- Declare, chose a major/minor.
- Explore information for possible volunteer opportunities, research opportunities, internships, co-ops, etc.
- Take UNST 150 Career and Life Planning course (optional).
- Plan for study abroad; research opportunities.
Goal: Plot individual career path – Declared majors only (Juniors in academic difficulty will continue to work with deans/academic advisor in Academic Advising Center or designated college).
- Prepare for internships in collaboration with academic advisor and/or department chair and career counselor.
- Work with career counselor to meet and network with possible employers.
- Work with academic advisor to prepare for professional school, graduate programs. (Take GRE, MAT, LSAT, MCAT, etc.)
- Volunteer in job related fields.
- Work part-time in job related fields.
- Continue to search web, other resources for possible careers and discuss options with academic advisor/career counselor.
- Visit the eRecruiting job board. Log on and download the eRecruiting quick start guide.
- Practice interview skills with career counselor.
- Discuss remaining academic requirements for major/minor with academic advisor/dean.
- Apply for graduation.
Goal: Finalize plans for graduation and enhance career choices:
- Follow-up plans for jobs, graduate/professional school, post-baccalaureate experience.
- Do internship.
- Do part-time work, volunteer service, research.
- Practice interview skills, resume writing with career counselor.
- Make a list of reference/referrals
- Meet with potential employer.
- Review transcript to see that all requirements have been or are being met for graduation.
- Retake any test for professional school to enhance score.
- Attend campus recruiting visits.
- Interview for possible job.
- Evaluate job and/or graduate school offerings.