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Four Year Plan

Four Year Plan

Choosing a career is a process of academics, involvement, research, and work experience. The career coaches at Career Services communicate regularly with your student about: career fairs, on-campus employer sessions/interviews, and events. Use the plan below as a conversation guide with your student.

Enroll in Orientation Class

  • Attend SOAR
  • Sign-up for Connections

Get to know your academic advisor
Select courses that allow you to explore a variety of disciplines
Take CLEP and other exams to earn academic credit
Explore careers and majors at Career Services

  • Completing career interest inventories (Access Focus for online career exploration)
  • Taking “Career and Life Planning” – Psychology 1220
  • Connecting with alumni via the Student Alumni Mentor Network
  • Completing your profile in Career AGGIE – your online networking and internship/job posting site

Get involved with campus and community organizations

  • Develop a record of service and leadership to Utah State and the community

Continue to explore interests and abilities in order to declare a major
Enroll in courses that fulfill both general education and major requirements
Discuss potential majors with your Career Coach at Career Services who can recommend:

  • Professionals and alumni in your field (via Career AGGIE)
  • Faculty and advisors

Build your resume through:

  • Involvement in student and professional organizations – take a leadership role
  • Internships – local, regional, national, or international
  • Undergraduate research
  • Volunteer/community service
  • Student exchange programs

Consider the possibility of international study or work abroad through:

  • Study abroad programs
  • International internship opportunities (use Going Global in Career AGGIE)

If you have not done so, now is the time to select a major
Apply for internship opportunities, international study/exchange programs, and undergraduate research
Meet with your Career Coach to:

  • Create targeted employment documents (resume/cover letter)
  • Develop a network of potential employers and alumni
  • Research organizations
  • Prepare for and attend all fairs/expos

Take a leadership role in student organizations
Consider a “Service Learning” experience
Research graduate schools and prepare for entrance exams (GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, MAT, etc.). Guides are available for check out in the Career Cafe
Use Career AGGIE to apply for internships and to network with alumni and employers

Apply for graduation
Join the Student Alumni Association
If you are seeking career employment, visit Career Services to:

  • Receive one-on-one career search coaching
  • Update and edit your resume/cover letter and prepare for interviews
  • Participate in on-campus recruiting with various regional, national, and global organizations
  • Attend all job fairs and expos well prepared with an introduction and targeted documents

If you are continuing your education:

  • Work with your Career Coach to create graduate and professional school applications
  • Take entrance exams in the Career Services-Testing area
  • Investigate the variety of programs available at Utah State and nationwide at the Grad School Fair

Complete Career Services’ annual Graduation Survey to report your plans

Don't let your graduate leave without.

  • Internship experience (one or more)
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Leadership skills
  • Service/volunteer experience
  • A respectable GPA
  • Faculty mentors
  • A sense of specific employers he/she wants to work with after graduation and why
  • Networking with employers – start as soon as possible
  • International/Global exposure


Invite your student to visit Career Services early and often to meet their career coach and to take advantage of the full range of innovative programs and resources available.