Career Planning & Students Approaching Graduation

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For students approaching graduation, career planning and pathways are front and center. Below are resources to assist students in navigating their next steps after their chosen degree or certificate program. 

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Hitting Career Readiness Milestones

  • Ideally, by the time students are approaching graduation, they have gained some work experience or completed an internship, program, or volunteer engagement in their field of interest. 
  • Students should aim to do the following as they prepare to enter the workforce:
    • Network or connect with people in their fields of interest to learn more about jobs, pathways, training or credentials, and skill sets. 
    • Create and update a resume, practice writing cover letters. 
    • Engage in interview prep and learn interview skills.

Use College Career Services

  • Students should take full advantage of the career services offered on campus (and virtually). These may include career assessments, resume and cover letter workshops, one-on-one support, career exploration and job search help, and career fairs. 
  • Community colleges have many programs that offer pathways from associate’s degrees or certificates directly into the workforce. These can include the trades, manufacturing, health and life sciences, and more. 

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Financial Aid and Loan Counseling

  • Students who graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment are required to complete federal student aid counseling.
  • Students may seek support in understanding what happens after they complete college, how to manage their student loans, and the different repayment programs available to them. 

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