Four Year College Career Guide
Career Development and Planning is an ongoing process that starts prior to the first year of college and continues long after graduation. The O’Brien Center for Student Success has a four- year plan highlighting different actions and steps to take during your four years at Merrimack College. Not all suggestions may be applicable to everyone, but it is a way for students to stay on track. You may also download the Four Year College Career Guide.
Freshmen | EXPLORE
Explore what Merrimack College has to offer!
- Adjust to college—learn to balance your new academic challenges and social life.
- Attend class!
- Revise your résumé from high school and/or start building one from scratch.
- Apply for a work study and employment opportunities through ADVANTAGE
- Meet with your academic advisor to discuss areas of study that interest you.
- Get involved! Join one or two student organizations to meet new people.
- Make an appointment with a career advisor to discuss your O*Net assessment results and the relationship between different majors and careers.
- Get to know your RA and the people on your floor.
- Make It Your Merrimack! Commuters, stop by OSI and learn about new opportunities to get involved.
- Learn how to use our online internship and job search system, ADVANTAGE.
- Network! Network! Network!
Sophomores | ENGAGE
Engage in the Merrimack College community.
- Update and revise your résumé and cover letter.
- Meet with a career advisor to discuss how to obtain a co-op or internship.
- Join the Professional Mentor Exchange.
- Think about study abroad for your junior year.
- Consider an internship for the summer.
- Get to know your professors.
- Apply for an RA or Orientation Leader position.
- Participate in an Externship where you meet with professionals in different industries.
- Volunteer in activities sponsored through the Stevens Service Learning Center or Alternative Spring Break through Campus Ministry.
Juniors | EVALUATE
Evaluate exactly what you want to do or achieve.
- Perform informational interviews to narrow your career interest areas.
- Visit the O’Brien Center for Student Success and check in with your Career Advisor.
- Begin researching post-graduate national fellowships and scholarships.
- Join a professional association related to your major.
- Participate in interviewing, cover letter writing, and other job-search workshops.
- Take on additional leadership positions in athletics or co-curricular programs.
- Take a semester to study abroad and explore other countries.
- Start exploring whether graduate school or a year of service are right opportunities for you.
- Attend on-campus fairs and Ask an Employer sessions.
- Participate in an Externship with the O’Brien Center.
Seniors | EVOLVE
Evolve into a marketable, professional employee.
- Visit the O’Brien Center for Student Success and meet with your Career Advisor to discuss post-graduation opportunities.
- Kick your job search campaign into high gear! Commit yourself to a thorough search.
- If applicable, take graduate school entrance exams and complete graduate school applications.
- Apply for jobs and participate in On-Campus Interviewing.
- Update your résumé and keep it updated; Upload the most recent to ADVANTAGE
- Develop an employer prospect list with contact names and addresses from organizations you are interested in pursuing.
- Use INTERVIEWSTREAM to practice interviewing. Keep track of your interview results and assess your performance after each interview.
- Gather information on realistic salary expectations.
- Join the Merrimack College Alumni LinkedIn account.
- Conduct a social media audit of your own accounts.
- Let the O’Brien Center for Student Success know when you have been accepted into grad school or found a job.
- Network! Network! Network!