Career Plan & Company Research
Write an analysis of how your choice of coursework and other activities will
prepare you to enter your preferred field. Indicate the skills that you are
trying to acquire that an employer would expect when hiring someone into
their company. Utilize the material that you have developed thus far
concerning your strengths and interests. Indicate how you can prepare
yourself to meet these expectations, including future courses that you will
take. For example, employers might seek candidates with the following:
Problem solving skill
High energy level
Demonstrated interest and involvement in the field
Speaking and presentation skill
Interpersonal skills (i.e. dealing with people)
Critical thinking skill (the ability to analyze situations and create
strategy or find/solve problems)
Ability to complete tasks and deliver results
This is only a list of suggestions. Your answer could include things like:
Join a campus professional club
Work or volunteer for a community organization
Lead a campus project
Tutor other students
Work at the University
Attend career fairs
Attend lectures by prominent guests of the University
Do not just say “join a club.” Which club? Why that club?
What companies will you target for an internship? What specific steps
will you take to get an internship? When will you launch your search?
How will you proceed on your search (use Career Success Center, etc.)?
What networking tactics can you use?
Research a company, institution, or agency that hire people in a field that
you might like to work in. Provide the name of the company or entity and a
profile of its major products or services. Indicate the size of the organization
in sales dollars and people, and its geographic reach. Comment on the
growth potential of the company based on its industry and strengths. Explain
why you chose this particular company. If text is cut and pasted from a web
site, you must indicate the source in a footnote. Cut and pasted text does not
count towards your word count.