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The 5-STEP Career Development Model provides a comprehensive framework for assessing skills and establishing learning outcomes that demonstrate knowledge of self, career paths, and academic and career opportunities. Career decision-making is a process, and you can set your own pace in pursuing career development accordingly. If you work with a career coach and take advantage of the CEC's programs and resources you will be better prepared to make informed and meaningful career decisions.

CEC Five Step Career Model

Step 1: Assessment

Get to know yourself - Begin to identify your values, interests, skills, personal traits and career satisfiers in order to identify the ingredients of a good career "fit":

  • Take self and personality assessments
  • Meet with a career coach for help with assessments and early planning
  • Begin to identify career fields and/or academic programs that fit your interests and abilities
  • Create a draft resume and have a career coach review it
  • Complete your Handshake profile

Step 2: Exploration

Explore and research career possibilities - Learn the connections between academic programs, experiential learning, previous professional experiences, and careers:

  • Conduct career research and gather information from valuable online resources
  • Gather information on different fields, industries and companies
  • Decide on a major and learn what career paths a major can offer
  • Conduct informational interviews with people in fields that interest you
  • Explore opportunities to gain relevant work experience, such as internships, summer jobs, or volunteer work
  • Attend career and networking events

Step 3: Preparation

Develop your resume and cover letter writing skills; refine your career goals and strategy - Through informational interviewing, internships, and part-time/temporary or summer jobs, "test the waters" and determine a potential career direction:

  • Create an effective resume and cover letter
  • Research graduate schools and visit campuses
  • Learn to present your goals and skills in an elevator pitch
  • Conduct informational interviews and build your network
  • Develop and practice your interview skills
  • Test it out – for example, Obtain an internship. Internships may be limited to undergraduate and graduate students, or recent graduates. Other populations can consider doing volunteer or temporary positions. 
  • Develop a Career Action Plan

Step 4: Implementation

Develop and implement your job search or graduate school strategy - Develop the skills you need to accomplish your goals:

  • Sharpen your job search skills and develop a list of potential employers
  • Prepare for interviews and practice interviewing skills with a mock interview
  • Network with friends, parents, faculty, alumnae/i and others
  • Gather graduate school application materials and write a personal statement
  • Attend events such as career fairs, company presentations and career-related forums with alumnae/i

Step 5: Decision-Making

Make an informed and meaningful career decision - Gain insight into necessary professional development skills to be successful:

  • Refer back to your career goals, interests, strengths, and values for guidance
  • Analyze job offers/graduate school admissions and weigh your options
  • Meet with a career coach to walk through your decision-making.

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5-STEP Career Development Model CEC


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