Whether you’re a first-year student or preparing to graduate, the Student Engagement Center (SEC) is here to help you make a plan and craft your best life after Whitman! The Four-Phase Plan is a fluid road map to get you started. You may find that you move in and out of phases multiple times, and you can complete them in any order. Think of this plan as a progression of steps, a checklist, or simply some useful suggestions to help you succeed at Whitman and beyond.
As you begin your journey at Whitman, get to know our career programs, events and resources.
- Create your Handshake profile: This free tool helps you find job opportunities on and off campus, as well as internships to expand your learning beyond the classroom.
- Attend the Activities Fair: Discover clubs, on-campus activities and connect with community organizations.
- Meet with a SEC career coach or student career advisor to begin developing a college-level resume.
- Attend the On-Campus Job Fair in early September to find a job and review the Student Employment Handbook.
- Attend the Job Fairs: Find on-campus employment, as well as local organizations that have opportunities available.
- Explore careers on PathwayU, our assessment tool that connects your values and strengths with career fields.
As you settle in to your Whitman community, look for opportunities to get involved on and off campus.
- Look for leadership opportunities: Apply to be a community engagement program leader, student academic advisor or resident assistant; lead a trip with the Outdoor Program; or become involved in club leadership or student government.
- Attend the Sophomore Summit before the start of the spring semester to hone your leadership and workplace skills.
- Participate in community service programs and learn about ways to connect to Walla Walla.
- Seek meaningful summer experiences: Apply for a Whitman Internship Grant; ask your faculty about opportunities to conduct research; use Handshake to find a summer job.
- Create a LinkedIn profile, if you don't have one, so you can research the careers of Whitman alumni and use Whitman Connect to set up informational interviews.
After you've declared your major, take time to delve into your passions and clarify your career goals.
- Schedule a career coaching appointment to discuss what you are learning and what that can mean for your life after Whitman.
- Expand your leadership roles in extracurricular and community engagement activities, such as the Community Fellow Program and Student Consulting Corps.
- Apply for research opportunities and/or internships to expand your academic and career experience.
- Prepare yourself professionally: Do a practice interview, update your resume, revise your LinkedIn profile, practice writing cover letters and attend career workshops.
- Attend recruiting info sessions and use Handshake, PathwayU and Whitman Wayfinder to explore job and internship opportunities that match your interests.
- Participate in Off-Campus Studies programs and expand your horizons. Think about how studying off-campus may influence your goals.
- Explore graduate school resources and consider whether and when to apply.
- Attend the Summer in Walla Walla Fair and learn about summer jobs, internships or research opportunities that might be right for you.
Make use of college resources to prepare for your life after Whitman.
- Broaden your workplace experience: Apply to be a Community Fellow or for the Whitman Internship Grant.
- Collaborate with your faculty on research and/or papers, attend and present at conferences, increase your readiness for graduate school and fellowships.
- Continue to hone your cover letter and resume-writing skills. Schedule an appointment with the SEC for assistance.
- Attend recruiting events or career workshops about salary negotiation and financial literacy.
- Use our online resources to research employers and explore jobs and post-grad internships. Handshake, Glassdoor.com and Vault.com are excellent tools.
- Connect with professionals in your field: Conduct job shadows and informational interviews, and attend networking events.
Your Whitman Resources
No matter where you are in your plan, these resources are always worth revisiting:
Handshake: A platform to find on and off-campus jobs and internships. You can also schedule an appointment with the SEC.
PathwayU: An assessment tool you can use to explore career fields and job opportunities that match your interests.
Whitman Wayfinder: Explore how your major connects with different career paths.
Whitties Helping Whitties: Networking events held locally and around the country to connect you with Whitman alumni.
Your Ultimate Resource: SEC career staff and student career advisors. We can meet with you to discuss your career goals, review resumes and applications, prepare for an interview, discuss graduate school and more. Schedule an appointment in Handshake or stop by our office in the Reid Campus Center, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509-527-5183.