This year the focus will be on doing well at school and figuring out a career you'd like that is realistically attainable. Our research shows that the number one differentiator between successful and unsuccessful entry level job applicants, even more important than grades, is relevant extracurricular experience. That's why you'll have to work with your mentor on building the required skills and experience. Next year, which is your graduation year, we'll build on these skills to get you ready to start a great career.
Self Assessment & Career Path Mapping - This the start of your senior year at school and the beginning of your journey towards a great career. The first step however would be for you to create your personal profile, after which you can develop your career plan. To achieve this, you would have to work closely with your mentor to;
Gather information about your interests and abilities as well as your work values and personal preferences.
Create a personal profile that would reflect the information you gathered.
Determine your career goals (This includes what you ambition to become and how you hope to achieve it).
Develop a career plan (This Career Plan Template will help you).
Study Plan Development - Earning good grades will impact positively on the achievement of your career goals. This is why you need a study plan to help you excel in school. To develop your study plan, you would have to work closely with your mentor to;
Determine your academic goals for the year. (What courses do you want to take, which subjects are important to achieve your dream career?)
Complete this test to find out what type of learner you are.
Develop a study plan. (The plan should be based on your academic goals and your study style. Here are some resources to help).
Preparation for First Semester Examinations- To excel at school, you will need to do well in your exams. You can only do well if you take time to prepare for them. While you prepare for your exams, it would be great that you discuss any problems you may face and worries you may have about your upcoming exams with your mentor.
Building Strategic Relationships - A lot of jobs never get advertised on a job site. Relationships are the most effective way to find out about jobs and get hired. You would be required to work closely with your mentor to achieve the following;
Identify individuals with whom you can build professional relationships with. (Use LinkedIn, your lecturers, your mentor and other relevant connections you have to identify five individuals at five different organizations to build a relationship with).
Conduct informational interviews with at least 2 of these individuals.
Preparation for Internship - The experiences you gain from internships go a long way in helping you land a great job after graduation. These internships do not just come, you need to be prepared for them. You will be required to work closely with your mentor to do the following;
Create a complete profile on LinkedIn. (Include your education and all jobs and extracurricular experience you have. Don't be too modest! Add a description of your ambitions to the top of your profile. Connect with your fellow students, professors, family and all Brighter Investment employees to start building your network).
Identify internship opportunities. (You can achieve this through your professors, mentor, friends, the internet and previously started strategic relationships. Write your resume and tailor it to every specific opportunity.)
Write cover letters for each internship opportunity. (Here are some resources on resume and cover letter writing that may be helpful.)
Submit your cover letter and resume.
Follow up to inquire if they are interested in meeting you and would like to schedule an interview.
Application for Internship - Every university student wants to find an internship that will make them stand out in the competitive job market they will find after graduation. Therefore, to land the internship of your dreams, you would be required to work closely with your mentor to achieve the following;
Preparation for Second Semester Examinations- To excel at school, you will need to do well in your exams. You can only do well if you take time to prepare for them. While you prepare for your exams, it would be great that you;
- Discuss any problems you may face and worries you may have about your upcoming exams with your mentor.
Internship - Doing your internship may be a new experience and you might face new challenges and would require guidance from your mentor to make the most of this period. Be sure to discus your daily tasks with your mentor as well as any problems you may face or worries you may have.
Introspection and Reflection - After the academic year, it would be great to take some time off to analyze how the year went and plan for the upcoming year. Be sure to work with your mentor to take stock of the year. (This would include all activities undertaken include successes and failures as well as goal achievement implementation success).