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Four Year Plan

Vassar College has an array of opportunities to support you in achieving a well-rounded education.  The following suggestions are designed to assist you in maximizing your college experience to ensure career satisfaction. 

Below you will find a brief overview of the suggested timeline for your Vassar College experience.

First Year: Transition, Exploration and Discovery

  • Get involved in campus activities and organizations
  • Familiarize yourself with the resources of the various offices and departments on campus
  • Set up contact with the Career Development Office (CDO)
  • Get to know your Handshake account--it can be used to schedule appointments at the CDO, to plan for interviews and events, and to find jobs/internships 
  • Identify your interests, skills, and values as they are all important in life and in your career
  • Begin/update your resume
  • Plan for the summer

Sophomore Year: Academic Decisions, Hands-On Exploration, and Involvement

  • Continue to explore the wealth of information the many offices and departments on campus offer
  • Declare your major
  • Consider Study Away options
  • Network with family, friends, and colleagues
  • Plan for internships, jobs, and other experiential opportunities
  • Become a leader – step up in the organizations and clubs you are a part of

Junior Year: Research, Experience, and Strategizing

  • Pursue an internship in your field of interest
  • Consider graduate school and the related testing
  • Solidify relationships with faculty, supervisors, and others who have influenced you
  • Attend workshops and presentations that might further your goals
  • Seek out employers who are attractive to you and scout opportunities
  • Request references from professors and employers
  • Reach out to alumnae/i in relevant fields through our extensive Alumnae/i Directory

Senior Year: Planning, Graduating, and Transitioning

  • Keep exploring your options
  • Learn about SLAC and other recruiting events
  • Continue to attend workshops (some are senior specific!) and other development opportunities
  • Prepare and take tests for graduate work (i.e., GRE, LSAT, MCAT)
  • Polish your resume – assure that it is up-to-date and accurate
  • Continue to network