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Post Graduate Preparation Timeline

First year:

Academic:

Questions:
How are you finding the academic transition from high school to Holy Cross? How much time are you devoting to course-related reading and preparation? Have your visited any of your professors during their office hours to discusscourse content or your academic work?

Checklist:
Do your best academic work Attend a study skills and/or time management workshop put on by Academic Services Visit your professors during office hours

 

Advising:

Questions:
Where do your academic interests lie? Which questions, course content and disciplines are capturing your interest? Do you enjoy studying a second language? What courses fall in departments that you feel could be possible majors for you?

Checklist:
Meet with the Health Professions, Pre-Law and/or Pre-Business advisors, departmental graduate studies advisors, Director of CISS and/or Director of the Teacher Education Program Continue studying a foreign language Meet with your academic advisor to discuss selecting a major

 

 

Discernment

Questions:
Have you taken some time to slow down and reflect on your experiences thus far? When do you feel most yourself? Who or what seems to bring out the best in you? Conversely, when do you feel least yourself? Do any of your experiences leave you with feelings of anxiety or dread? What are your dreams for your future? Can you share your hopes and dreams as well as concerns and fears with an adult mentor?

Checklist:
Participate in the Escape Retreat

 

 

Career Exploration

Questions:
Have you asked relatives, family friends and your friends’ parents about their jobs, their employers and the industries in which they work? What do they do? What do they like? What would they change if they could? Where do they see their field going?

Checklist:
Conduct informational interviews with relatives, friends of the family, neighbors, and your friends’ parents

 

 

Co-Curricular

Questions:
How are your spending your recreational time? Are there one or two organizations or activities that are interesting to you?

Checklist:
Join 1-2 campus organizations

 

 

Experimental Education

Questions:
How will you spend your Spring Break?
Checklist:
Consider participating in the Spring Break Immersion Program

 

Sophomore:

Academic

Questions:
Are you continuing to devote sufficient time to your coursework outside the classroom? Have you developed an effective study, reading, and research style? Have your visited any of your professors during their office hours to discuss course content or your academic work? Are you starting to see where your academic strengths lie?

Checklist: Do your best academic work Attend a study skills and/or time management workshop put on by Academic Services Visit your professors during office hours

 

Advising

Questions:
Which courses are you enjoying the most? Which questions, course content and disciplines are capturing your interest? Do you enjoy studying a second language? Do you have the aptitude to pursue studies in the sciences and/or mathematics? How would studying abroad or participating in the Washington semester foster your intellectual, spiritual and personal growth? Are you doing exceptionally well academically? Have you explored fellowship opportunities?

Checklist:
Meet with your academic advisor to discuss selecting a major Meet with the Health Professions, Pre-Law and/or Pre-Business advisors, departmental graduate studies advisors and/or Director of the Teacher Certification Program If you have the aptitude, continue studying a foreign language If you have the aptitude and interest, consider enrolling in a course in the sciences, mathematics, accounting, economics, calculus and/or statistics Meet with your Department Chair to discuss course election which will allow you to study abroad or participate in the Washington Semester Program Meet with the Graduate Studies Advisor to learn about fellowship opportunities

 

 

 

Discernment

Questions:
Have you taken some time to slow down and reflect on your experiences thus far? What are you discovering you are really good at? When do you feel happiest? When do you feel drained or unhappy? What are your dreams for the future? Can you share your hopes and dreams as well as concerns and fears with an adult mentor? How can you further explore possible connections between what you are good at, what you love and future life choices?

Checklist:
Participate in the Manresa Retreat Participate in the Spiritual Exercises

 

 

 

 

Career Exploration

Questions:
Have your thought about your career interests? Your strengths? Your values? How might those things align with the world of work? Which programs, workshops, panels and experiences offered at Holy Cross may provide you with insight into various career fields, industries and opportunities? Have you met any Holy Cross alumni who work in industries or jobs which are interesting to you? Have you asked them about what they do? What they enjoy most? How their Holy Cross education prepared them for their work?

Checklist:
Meet with a member of the Career Planning Center staff via the Sophomore Career Advising Program to identify tentative career objectives Consider applying to the Non-Profit Careers Conference, the Executive Leadership Workshop and/or Summer Business Program Utilize the Career Planning Website to research potential careers Prepare a resume and have it critiqued in the Career Planning Center Attend relevant networking receptions (ie Student Alumni Networking Reception, Finance Networking Reception and/or Real Estate Networking reception) Conduct informational interviews with alumni/ae career advisors Participate in Job Shadowing Program Attend Career Panels and Presentations

 

 

 

Co-Curricular

Questions:
How might your strengths, skills, gifts and passions benefit the organizations with which you choose to spend your time? How might you challenge yourself in your activities and involvement outside the classroom?

Checklist:
Assume entry-level leadership positions in campus organizations. Chair a committee, volunteer to lead a program or event Apply for campus-wide leadership positions for the following academic year.

 

 

Experimental Education

Questions:
Which Community Based Learning courses are particularly interesting to you? How will you spend your Fall, Spring and Semester breaks? How will you spend your summer vacation? Working? Conducting research? Studying abroad? Completing an internship?

Checklist:
Enroll in one Community Based Learning course Consider participating in the Spring Break Immersion and/or Arrupe International Immersion Program Apply to the Study Abroad or Washington Semester Programs Investigate and apply for summer opportunities through the Summer Internship Program, Chaplain’s Office, SPUD, Study Abroad, Science Coordinator, Mellon Summer Research, Academic Departments and online internship databases. Please note, many of the application deadlines for these summer opportunities are in the fall semester.

 

 

 

 

 

Junior:

Acadmic

Questions:
Which aspects of your academic work are you enjoying most?
Which aspects of your academic work are challenging for you?

Checklist:
Do your best academic work Visit your professors during office hours

 

 

Advising

Questions:
Which courses are you enjoying the most?
What are those courses within and outside your major in which you want to enroll before your graduate?
Do you enjoy studying a second language?
Do you have the aptitude to pursue studies in the sciences and/or mathematics?

Questions:
If you have the aptitude, continue studying a foreign language If you have the aptitude and interest, consider enrolling in a course in the sciences, mathematics, accounting, economics, calculus and/or statistics

 

 

 

Discernment

Questions:
Have you taken some time to slow down and reflect on your experiences thus far?
Who are you being called to become?
What are you being called to do?
Thinking about what you are good at and when you are happiest, what types of work do you think might interest you?
Have you had a conversation with an adult mentor who could help you explore ways to bring your particular gifts and interests to your career exploration process? What values do you want to hold on to as you consider possible lifestyle and career options?

Checklist:
Participate in the Manresa Retreat Participate in the Spiritual Exercises

 

 

Career Exploration

Questions:
What are your career interests?
Your strengths? Your values?
How do those things align with the world of work? How would you like to spend your first year after Holy Cross? What are your long term educational goals? Do you want to pursue an advance degree? What is the average age of students in the graduate programs of interest to you? Do those programs prefer candidates who have worked prior to enrolling? Do you have any ideas about where you would like to be in the long-term? Any dreams or goals? Which programs, workshops, panels and experiences offered at Holy Cross may provide you with insight into various career fields, industries and opportunities? Which Holy Cross alumni work in industries or in jobs which are interesting to you? Have you asked them about what they do? What they enjoy most? How their Holy Cross education prepared them for their work?

Checklist:
Meet with a career counselor to revisit career objectives and establish and implementation plan Consider applying to the Non-profit Careers Conference, the Executive Leadership Workshop and/or Summer Business Program Network with alumni/ae Explore full time volunteer opportunities at the Post Graduate Volunteer Fair and internship and full-time employment opportunities at the Career Fair Attend relevant networking receptions (ie Student Alumni Networking Reception, Finance Networking Reception and/or Real Estate Networking reception) Conscientiously prepare for GRE,LSAT, and MCAT if you plan to go directly to graduate/professional school Attend information sessions sponsored by organizations recruiting seniors for entry level positions Attend Career Panels and Presentations Begin preparation of fellowship applications

 

 

Co-Curricular

Questions:
How might your strengths, skills, gifts and passions benefit the organizations with which you choose to spend your time?

Checklist:
Assume campus-wide leadership positions

 

 

Experimental Education

Questions:
Which Community Based Learning courses are particularly interesting to you? How will you spend your Fall, Spring and Semester breaks? How will you spend your summer vacation? Working? Conducting research? Studying abroad? Completing an internship?

Questions:
Consider enrolling in an additional Community Based Learning course Participate in the Study Abroad or Washington Semester Programs Apply to and participate in the Academic Internship Program Consider participating in the Spring Break Immersion and/or Arrupe International Immersion Program Investigate and apply for summer opportunities through the Summer Internship Program, Chaplain’s Office, SPUD, Study Abroad, Science Coordinator, Academic Departments and online internship databases Complete a career related internship or research experience

 

Senior:

Academic

Questions:
Which aspects of your academic work are you enjoying most? Which aspects of your academic work are challenging for you?

Checklist:
Do your best academic work Visit your professors during office hours

 

 

Advising

Questions:
Which Courses are you enjoying the most? What are those courses within and outside your major in which you want to enroll before your graduate?

Checklist:
Meet with your academic advisor to review your major selection If you have the aptitude and interest, consider enrolling in a course in the sciences, mathematics, accounting, economics, calculus and/or statistics

 

 

 

Discernment

Questions:
Have you taken some time to slow down and reflect on your experiences thus far? Who are you being called to become? What are you being called to do? Thinking about what you are good at and when you are happiest, what types of work do you think might interest you? Have you had a conversation with an adult mentor who could help you explore ways to bring your particular gifts and interests to your career exploration process? What values are important to you as you consider your goals for life after Holy Cross? How can your first steps beyond Holy Cross help you to place your gifts and talents in the service of the world’s greatest needs?

Checklist:
Participate in the Spiritual Exercises

 

 

Career Exploration

Questions:
What are your strengths? Your skills? Your gifts? How might you be uniquely and ideally suited for particular roles in the world of work? How would you like to spend your first year after Holy Cross? What are your short term professional goals and interests? What are your long term educational goals? Do you want to pursue an advance degree? What is the average age of students in the graduate programs of interest to you? Do those programs prefer candidates who have worked prior to enrolling? Do you have any ideas about where you would like to be in the long-term? Any dreams or goals? Which Holy Cross alumni work in jobs or at organizations which are interesting to you? Have you asked them about what they do? How did they get there? Can they provide you with advice on identifying entry-level roles?

Checklist:
Meet with a career counselor to revisit career objectives and establish and implementation plan Meet internal and external fellowship application deadlines Explore full time volunteer opportunities at the Post Graduate Volunteer Fair and internship and full-time employment opportunities at the Career Fair Apply to graduate/professional school Apply to post graduate volunteer programs Refine job search skills Utilize the alumni network, on-campus recruiting, resume referral program, and consortia resources to conduct a job search Attend Introduction to Alumni Resources and Networking workshop Attend relevant networking receptions (ie Student Alumni Networking Reception, Alumni Association Welcome Reception, Finance Networking Reception and/or Real Estate Networking reception)

 

 

Co-Curricular

Questions:
What have your leadership roles told you about your strengths? Your interests? Your passions?

Checklist:
Continue involvement as a campus leader

 

Experiential Eductaion

Questions:
How will you spend your Fall, Spring and Semester breaks? What have your internships, immersion programs and/or research experiences told you about your interests, your passions and your strengths?

Checklist:
Participate in the Academic Internship Program Consider enrolling in an additional Community Based Learning course Consider participating in the Spring Break Immersion and/or Arrupe International Immersion Program Reap the rewards of your hard work!