In this stage, you will find ways to get involved in your major/career and start gaining experience while preparing for the world of work. Consider these next steps:

Join a student club to meet other like-minded students, participate in social and community events and possibly engage with guest speakers from industry.

Meet with a counselor to create your educational plan that will lead you to your educational and career goals.

Meet with a Career Counselor to further explore your career plans and discuss things like the job/internship search, resume writing, networking skills, interviewing prep, etc.

Visit the Transfer Center if your educational and career plans involve transferring to a four-year institution.

Conduct Informational Interviews (PDF) with professionals in careers you’re interested in to see what it is really like to work in that career/industry. What’s more, this could lead to networking and job opportunities!

Consider enrolling in OCC's Internship Academy and "trying out a career" by completing an internship.

Volunteer for a local organization that may be related of your major/career path. This is a fantastic way to develop your skills and experiences while building your network.

Make sure to talk with instructors who teach classes related to your major/career plans. These professionals have lots of great knowledge and connections to tap into. Katie Ottoson, Career Counselor
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