Career Planning Checklist – CIR

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All CIR

Students

 

 

 

Read the Weekly Digest!

Attend a Career Group meeting to discuss career strategy and options

Attend a Career Talk and meet with a Mentor in Residence

Get connected to UChicagoGRAD

Meet and network with current and former graduate students in your department and around campus

Begin building your contacts at companies in which you are most interested as opportunities arise
Submit preferences for Institute for Politics internships

Review your job search goals, revise and update action plan as needed

 

Continue reading the Weekly Digest!

If you haven’t already, review and revise all job search materials

Consider applying for an externship with alumni over Spring Break

Begin to practice your interviewing and develop your elevator speech

Identify specific job titles of interest and conduct informational interviews with people with those titles

Start reading job ads and evaluating your preparedness

Review your job search goals, revise and update action plan as needed

Apply for IOP internships (JAN)

 

Continue reading the Weekly Digest!

Consider sending letters of inquiry to desired companies (even if no announced position is available)

Utilize professional organization contacts to identify job openings

Meet with people you plan to use as references, give them your updated resume and share your career plans with them

Based on your informational interviews and externship experiences, refine your list of desired job titles; Review your job search goals, revise and update action plan as needed

Continue networking (typically, the most productive and successful way of identifying and obtaining positions)

 

 

 

 

Minimum

Targeted Goals

 

  • Attend GRAD Career Fair (NOV)
  • Develop your LinkedIN profile
  • Join the CIR LinkedIN Group
  • Attend a Career Workshop
  • Complete an informational interview
  • Activate your Gargoyle profile via UChicagoGRAD
  • Attend the Alumni Career Panel
  • Attend a Career Group meeting to discuss career strategy and options
  • Complete 3 informational interviews
  • Attend a Career Workshop
  • Attend a Career Talk and meet with a Mentor in Residence
  • Attend GradUCon (APR)
  • Let your network know you are actively job hunting
  • Begin submitting targeted applicationswith referrals if possible
  • Complete 6 informational interviews
  • Attend Welcome to Alumni Association event (JUNE)
  Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
 

 

 

International Students

Attend the Career Workshop Series on OPT

 

Ask questions about how and when to utilize your OPT at the Office of International Affairs

 

 

Meet with the Office of International Affairs to learn specific deadlines related to OPT

 

Identify people from your home country who work for US corporations

 

 

 

Know where your job opportunities exist. For example:

  • Contacts from home country who are officers, owners or employees of companies in the US
  • Former international students with jobs in the US
  • International companies operating in the US
  • Your home country consulate
  • Complete necessary OPT paperwork
 

 

Government Job Seekers

 

Review and revise all job search materials; prepare KSAs

Start Early! Apply to jobs requiring “Security Clearance”

Apply for Presidential Management Fellowship (Deadline: OCT 13)

Meet with potential references, give them your updated resume and share your career plans with them

 

Understand how job series, grades, promotional potential, location, and agency searches work

Become familiar with the application process and strict deadlines

Recognize that the process may take many months; apply for many positions

 

 

Apply to other government jobs not requiring security clearance

Resources:

  • Utilize job search sites like OPM Pathways, USAJOBS, and GovLoop.com for detailed information on applications and federal resumes
 

 

Management Consulting Job Seekers

 

 

 

 

Review and revise all job search materials

Become familiar with the case interview and recommended case methodology

Meet with people you plan to use as references, give them your updated resume and share your career plans with them

 

Be prepared to exhibit the following skills in interviews:

  • Structured problem solving
  • Taking initiative
  • Effectively communicating
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis
  •  Join the Management Consulting Group  on-campus
Resources:

  • Cosentino, Marc. Case in point: Complete case interview preparation. Burgee Atlantic LLC, 2010.

 

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