Career Planning

Planning with the 4:3 Plan

Use our professionally hand-crafted 4:3 Plan to design a customized academic and career plan for your entire time at George Fox! Your academic success and career planning is an integral component in building a strong, professional foundation. 

Have you made your 4:3 Plan yet? Click the clipboard below for more information, then make an appointment with your CAP Coach to get started.   

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Planning with Strategic Electives

Plan and achieve academic and career success by enrolling in Strategic Electives, a collection of recommended classes designed to complement your major and enhance your skills while pursuing specific areas of interest.

Click the icon below to find out more about Strategic Electives. Make an appointment with your CAP Coach to map out your plan for academic and career success!

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Career Courses

GEED 214: Discover Your Calling

This course promotes self-discovery and understanding in relationship to vocational calling,values, interests, strengths development andpersonality. Educational and occupational pathways are examined, with selecting a major and clarifying one's calling as the intended outcomes. Students will also be introduced to the importance of building a network, cultivating skills, and strategic academic planning.

Prerequisite: Freshman or Sophomore Status

GEED 216: Internship: Finding, Landing, and Succeeding

This course will help you to: identify a career direction, create a personal brand, build a professional network, write an e ective resume and cover letter, create a LinkedIn profile that gets results, interview with confidence, create an internship search strategy, and succeed in your internship experience.

Prerequisite: Sophomore or Junior Status

GEED 218: Developing Professional Identity

This course will focus on developing awareness and understanding of a professional identity. Discussing and developing the technical components to navigating professional opportunities such as resume, e-presence, career planning, networking, and employer engagement strategies, along with identifying and creating professional goals will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Status

Resumes

Landing the a great job or internship starts with a great resume. Each industry has different requirements, so creating your unique resume for the position is critical!

There are a several areas on a resume that should remain consistent and these general formatting tips can help you with that. Highlighting your accomplishments within your resume is a must. Utilizing action verbs within your resume are a great way to start. Utilize this template to begin the process of building your resume based on current best practices and standards.

If you are an athlete and wonder if your athletic experience is relevant, consider this example as you evaluate the employer's needs. Other experiences such as study abroad and project work can also make your resume stand out from the crowd.

To tailor your resume to an industry, check out the examples below in your major. Keep in mind, IDEA Center career coaches are here to help you create an amazing resume so schedule an appointment today!

Exploring Careers

Life after Fox begins with utilizing your unique interests, knowledge, and skills to begin achieving your job and career goals. Exploring different types of careers helps you discover where you may fit in those first steps after graduation. Here are some useful resources to help you understand what kinds of positions are out there, including related majors, skills, salary, growth, and more.

Internship & Job Boards

Ready to start your internship or job search? We’ve lined up some job and internship boards that can help your search process. Remember, once you find a job or internship you would like to apply for, you don’t have to go at it alone. The IDEA Center can assist you throughout the application process.

Cover Letters

The cover letter works as a complement to your resume. It articulates your skills and experiences in a more personable way through letter-writing. Usually, the best cover letters have good grammar and are short and straight to the point.

Cover Letter Formatting

A good cover letter format should include three components:

  • Salutation paragraph - Creates interest and states why you are writing.

  • Connection paragraph - Connects the job requirements with your experience on your resume

  • Call-to-action paragraph - Wraps up your letter by giving the  employer their next steps in contacting you.   

    Take a look at the cover letter examples to see how they are formatted.

Cover Letter Templates

Standard Cover Letter

Contemporary Cover Letter

Cover Letter Examples 

Graphic Design Cover Letter

Editing English Cover Letter

Administrative/Coordinator Cover Letter

Networking

“It’s not who you know, but who knows you”. The best way to prepare for your next step is to build your network before you need it. Almost 70 percent of jobs are found via networking, which means networking is a great way to land your next internship or job. If you’re looking for some useful networking tips, look over the FAQ below:

What Are Some Opportunities to Network?


  • One-on-one interactions with employees at a special event
  • IDEA Center-hosted events with industry professionals
  • Attending company-related events off-campus
  • Tapping into your parents' networks, your friends' parents, alumni, neighbors or the IDEA Center
  • Informational interviews through lunch or coffee. Company employees always love going out for coffee
  • Career fairs

How Can I Prep Before Talking to Someone?


  • Create or spruce up your LinkedIn account. People might want to find out more about you by looking up your LinkedIn account
  • Research the company your contact currently works with. Get to know their services, products, history and anything in the news
  • Have questions! Make notes from your research, and include questions specifically for your contact

How Do I Introduce Myself?


  • Approach with energy, make a firm handshake, and smile! People love seeing energy
  • Introduce your name, major and class. If someone recommended the connection to you, mention that person as you introduce yourself.
  • If the occasion seems appropriate, come prepared with a business card, resume and a notepad to take notes

What Should I Talk About?


  • 85 percent of the conversation is about finding out more about the other person
  • Be curious about their work/industry while avoiding a “What’s in it for me?” mentality
  • Ask for advice or insight about landing a job or internship in that specific industry or company
  • Ask questions about their industry/company, their job, daily tasks, etc.
  • Be prepared to talk about your major, and why you chose that major
  • Articulate your passion to work in the industry your contact is currently working in, if it’s of interest to you. People are interested in hearing your story and what your future goals entail

How Do I Follow Up?


  • Like, follow or connect to their business social media accounts
  • Send a concise, sincere, short thank you paragragh via email (be specific and mention something from the conversation)
  • If they offered to make an introduction to another connection, mention that in your thank you email
  • Circle back to them when it seems appropriate and nurture the relationship

Informational Interviewing

Informational interviewing is like networking. You go out, meet with an industry professional of your choice, and gain insight about the person you're interviewing. The goal is to get an idea about what it’s like to work for a particular company/industry and learn about that individual. Go out for coffee or lunch and follow this guideline on how to conduct a successful interview!

Reaching Out For the First Time

  • Make contact through either email or phone and confirm a date
  • Work around their availbility instead of yours
  • You want to work at their convenience
  • If someone referenced you, mention that in your message

Meeting For the First Time

  • Bring your energy! (But stay authentic) Show some enthusiasm for being allowed to interview them!
  • Smile, shake with a firm handshake and make eye contact  
  • Start the conversation by introducing yourself. Articulate your reason for wanting the meeting (keep it to passion, interest, inquiry)
  • Come prepared with a copy of your resume and business card, a pad of paper, a pen and a list of questions

How To Sustain the Conversation

People love talking about themselves and their work.

  • Ask about how they started out and get them to tell their story
  • Draw up more questions as you listen to their answer
  • As the conversation goes along, ask for advice, not the job
  • Keep asking questions that show you are curious about the person and their work (Ask why they like working for their particular company. What excites them? What motivates them?)

Your goal is to walk away from each informational interview with a refined understanding of your career options, a better understanding about the work your interviewee does, and possibly a new connection. 

After You Connect, Follow Up

You can be easily forgotten. Nothing personal, people are just busy.

  • Like, follow and connect to their professional social media accounts
  • After the interview, send a concise, sincere and short "thank you" paragraph via email
  • If your interviewee mentioned someone you should connect with, mention that in your email as well by asking for an introduction 

Staying Organized

  • Remember their name
  • Keep a log of dates, times, comments, and other linking connections
  • Circle back to them when appropriate

Trust the next door will open for you!

Networking and Interviewing Resources

Here are Some resources that can be handy when preparing to network or getting ready for interviews.