Four-Year Career Development Plan

The four-year career development plan provides an easy, step-by-step process to guide your academic and career planning through all four years of college.  Refer to the online WSU catalog to learn about the specific courses and requirements for each major and minor.  Your academic advisor is the best source of information for questions and guidance in course selection for your specific program(s).

1st Year Students

  • Actively participate in your Introduction to Higher Education (OR100) course
  • Get to know your academic advisor.  You can find your advisor's name in your DARS report
  • Get involved in clubs and organizations
  • Take time to explore majors if you are still deciding, and consider taking the Focus 2 major and career self-assessment
  • Attend the Major and Career Exploration Fair
  • Take College Reading and Writing (ENG111), Speech (CMST191 or 192) and Math.  If you have a major declared, make sure to check in with your advisor about which Speech and Math classes are most appropriate.
  • Write a resume and meet with a career advisor to help you strengthen it
  • Find a part-time and / or summer job by searching Warrior Jobs




  • Update your resume and set up a meeting with a career advisor to learn how to tailor your resume and cover letter to each job / employer to make them more effective
  • Learn more on a wide variety of career topics by viewing video podcast presentations
  • Begin job search 6 to 9 months prior to graduation
  • Attend Career and Job Fairs
  • Planning on Graduate School?  Check the deadlines and requirements for your schools of interest, and make sure to send out your application materials on time
  • Continue to build your network and update your LinkedIn site.  Leverage your network to open doors and reveal opportunities
  • Request letters of recommendation from professors and previous employers
  • Practice and improve your interviewing skills using InterviewStream or meet with a career advisor to do a mock interview