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Explore Career Development Timelines

Students need time to transition from high school to college. Because first-semester grades will affect their overall GPA, students should take the first semester to focus on academics and campus life. Students should register on Handshake and connect with their school-based career center to get familiar with services, resources, and events. We encourage students to explore career resources during their second semester to investigate what we do and how we can help.

Goals for the spring of the first year:

During their second year, students should explore their interests and test their perceptions of career fields. By sophomore year, students should start to feel more comfortable with their program of study. Students should begin mastering the skill of research while completing class projects and use these research skills to manage “project me.”

Goals for the second year:

During their third year, students should start exploring options for life after college. Understandably, many students struggle with finding “what they want to do.” We understand that making such a big decision can be overwhelming. Career advisors in the school-based career centers and the Career Center specialize in facilitating these discussions with students and providing resources to help students explore potential career options.

Goals for the third year:

Senior year is a time for students to start making tangible connections between their academics, extra-curricular and work experiences. Some students may be undecided. Other students will return from the summer with full-time job offers from internships. Some students may feel they are out of the loop and falling behind. We are here to help!

Goals for the fourth year:

Note:  Employer and industry hiring cycles vary.  Some employers (large and in industries like investment banking, consulting, big tech, and accounting) secure full-time hires through summer internship programs, and they use the fall semester to recruit seniors for remaining full-time openings and juniors for summer internships.  Other employers (small to medium-sized and in industries like non-profits, communication, entertainment, and real estate) hire throughout the year, often in the spring when they have a better sense of summer and full-time employment needs.

After graduation, students may utilize the Career Center as recent graduates and alumni. The Career Center offers USC Alumni a lifelong and worldwide USC Alumni Career Program.

Please encourage your students to visit the Career Center YouTube channel to view our latest videos!

How to Prepare for an Interview

Preparation is one of the most important keys to a successful interview and potential job offer. Most interviewers will decide for you in the first 30 seconds of the interview. Your level of knowledge, experience, professionalism, and mannerisms you exude …

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Paolo Cantos
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Financial Literacy: The Four Basic Steps of a Bullet Proof Plan

Written by Dr. Lucas Dyer, Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

Planning with money is both emotional and logical. Before having my own financial planner, which I have had since 2012, many decisions were made based on emotions. Paying my house off …

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Recap: Making the Most of Your Summer Experience Panel

On Wednesday, April 17, 2024, the USC Career Center hosted a panel discussion to highlight the diverse internship experiences of eight current USC students from various class levels and majors. Moderated by Sarah Ju (Annenberg, ’26) and Jonathan Gedam (Marshall, …

By Leslie De Quiroz
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Online Resources

The USC Career Center offers multiple resources to help individuals explore their career opportunities. We have curated several of our favorite resources to help discover career paths, learn about internship positions, and find full-time jobs.

 

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Whether you are a student, alum, or employer, connectSC is your one-stop shop for finding and posting jobs and internships!

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Available Mentors

Tap into the USC Trojan Family to get career advice. Alumni may offer valuable insight on how to transition from USC to the workplace. Many alumni are excited to give back to current students.

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Student Organizations

Getting involved on campus is a great way to have fun while exploring diverse areas of interest, meet people with similar interests, and gain leadership skills. Explore involvement opportunities by searching this list of relevant student organizations.
 

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