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CCE Four-Year Plan

Four-Year Plan

From the moment you enroll, Florida Southern College offers countless opportunities preparing you to make a positive and consequential impact on society through dynamic engaged learning. Whether it be in the classroom, an internship, being a student leader, or conducting research, the Four Year Plan can serve as a helpful tool that connects those opportunities to career readiness skills that employers are looking for.

Year 1

Cooperation

Create an FSC Team that can be made up of professors, staff, alumni, and students who can coach, advise, mentor, and/or cheer you on as a student and alumni. Your first year is a great time to start identifying ways to cooperate with people who can prepare you for the rest of your college experience.


Leadership

  • Take on a leadership role in a group project.
  • Get involved with a student club/organization on campus to increase opportunities for leadership roles in the future.

Multi-Cultural Respect

  • Attend cultural/diversity events on campus or in the community

Teamwork

  • Collaborate closely with others on class projects to start identifying personal strengths and weaknesses when working with a team.
  • Get to know your professors and campus resources.

Innovation

An individual’s ability to adapt to change can have a significant impact on achieving ones goals. The earlier you are able to recognize how you adapt to various changes, the easier it will be to accomplish your goals by avoiding obstacles, solving problems, and making necessary adjustments in the years to come.

Communication

  • Attend a communication skills based workshop or networking event.
  • Visit the writing center to identify potential common mistakes and improve your writing ability.

Problem Solving

  • Find a mentor(s) on campus who will help you succeed and overcome challenges.
  • Utilize campus resources to help solve a problem relating to in-or-out of the classroom experiences.

Maximizing Technology

  • Activate your Handshake account to schedule appointments with us and find job/internship opportunities.

Exploration

Questions like, who am I? and what do I want to do for the rest of life? are not easy to answer. To help, explore different resources and opportunities available to you. The more you explore, the more you will learn about yourself and what’s around you, providing the information you need to answers those difficult questions.

Knowledge of Self

  • Take Career Center assessments (MyCareerShines or StrengthsQuest) to help plan your career path.

Professional Brand

  • Update high school resume or create one from scratch to get your college resume started.
  • Create a LinkedIn account/online portfolio as a way to compile different experiences.

Thinking Ahead

  • Activate your Handshake account to schedule appointments with us and find job/internship opportunities.

Year 2

Cooperation

We are limited by our experiences and to diminish this limitation, you should continue to expand and diversify your FSC Team. By cooperating with people that have different experiences than ourselves, we can enhance our skills, learn new perspectives, and increase the number of opportunities that are available to us.


Leadership

  • Explore leadership opportunities you are interested in pursuing this year or in your 3rd year.
  • Take on additional roles such as, part-time job, teaching assistant, research assistant, etc.

Multi-Cultural Respect

  • Attend cultural/diversity events hosted by the MSC and other departments.
  • Go to a Career Center event to learn about the impact of multi-cultural respect in the workplace.

Teamwork

  • Identify additional opportunities to work with a team in or outside of the classroom.
  • Generate a list of responsibilities you have had in a group settings to determine what you enjoyed and what you did not.

Innovation

With one year down, you can start to reflect on how easy or difficult that year was for you. As a result, you should be able identify what variables contributed to your success or shortcomings. Once you are able to determine what those variables are, changes can be made in order to improve or maintain those outcomes.

Communication

  • Talk with professors to learn about shadowing/internship opportunities.
  • Learn/practice how to properly write emails advocating your needs, interest, and achievements.

Problem Solving

  • Find a mentor(s) on campus who will help you succeed and overcome obstacles.

Maximizing Technology

  • Review position descriptions to identify computer skills that can enhance your.
  • Look for technology courses to take in the future to enhance your computer skills.

Exploration

How do you perceive yourself? And how do others perceive you? These are two important questions to answer during your second year because you still have plenty of time to make adjustments if you do not like the answer. These are also not easy questions, we recommend using your FSC team for help.

Knowledge of Self

  • Choose a career path.
  • Develop a plan to achieve your career path with your professors, Career Center Staff, and/or friends.

Professional Brand

  • Add any new accomplishments, experiences or skills to your resume that you have gained.
  • Update/sharpen your online presence on LinkedIn, Handshake, E-Portfolio, and social media.

Thinking Ahead

  • Discover opportunities (research, internships, and volunteering) you can apply for in the future that relate to your career path.

Year 3

Cooperation

If you have not already, we recommend applying your skills in different environments. Environments can range from in the classroom, internships sights, student leadership, on-campus jobs, and/or volunteer locations. Utilize your FSC Team to find opportunities and identify areas of strength along with areas for growth.


Leadership

  • Pursue leadership roles within clubs/organizations and academic departments.
  • Serve on a FSC committee(s)/board(s).

Multi-Cultural Respect

  • Go on a Junior Journey Trip/Study Abroad

Teamwork

  • Create a response to how you would answer an interview question about working with a team using your previous experiences in or outside of the classroom.

Innovation

At this point in time, you should have a good understanding of how you adapt to change and assess situations, along with making a plan for after graduation if you have not already. As a result, you will be able to identify which environments you thrive in, increasing your ability to set yourself up for success.

Communication

  • Test your abilities to articulate your experiences by attending “Moc” Interview day or conducting mock interviews with professors, mentors, friends, and Career Center Staff.
  • Apply different forms of communication in an internship setting (speaking in front of a group, emailing, written report, etc.).

Problem Solving

  • Create a list of potential problems you may face after graduation and action items to address them if they occur.

Maximizing Technology

  • Research advanced functions on common software’s (Microsoft, Google, Macintosh, Adobe, etc.) and identify ways to utilize those advanced functions.
  • Enroll in a technology course to enhance your computer skills (web apps, coding, design, etc.).

Exploration

By this time, you should know what you are going to do after graduation or have it narrowed down to a few options. That way, you can start explore any last minute or final opportunities to purse that can prepare you for a smooth transition after graduation.

Knowledge of Self

  • Assess goals to determine which you have accomplished and which you have yet to accomplish.
  • Discuss career plan with professors, Career Center Staff, and/or friends to ensure you are on.

Professional Brand

  • Seek feedback on your strengths and areas of growth from those within your FSC team or internship.
  • Attend Career Center Events to see what companies match with your professional brand.

Thinking Ahead

  • Determine if graduate or professional school is part of your career path.
  • Choose an occupation within your career path to pursue after graduation.

Year 4

Cooperation

As you are about to start a new journey in your life, continue to look for opportunities that will enhance your network. Maximize the remaining time you have with your FSC Team by locking in which relationships you would like to have as alumni so they can continue to be there for you after graduation.


Leadership

  • Outline your response to an interview question that allows you to describe your leadership style.
  • Support others transitioning in leadership roles within you involvement circles.

Multi-Cultural Respect

  • Complete a bias type assessment to become more aware of your biases.
  • Learn how to research a company of interest regarding their culture and or diversity initiatives.

Teamwork

  • Utilize your FSC team to help navigate life after college.

Innovation

The experiences you acquired at FSC has prepared you to make a consequential impact on society. It is now up to you to decide how you want to do this as a professional in the career you have chosen to pursue. This is easier said than done, so remember that FSC is here to support you as you become an alumni.

Communication

  • Use your academic, professional, and social circles to connect with alumni within your chosen career.

Problem Solving

  • Utilize your FSC team to avoid common problems associated with the job search.

Maximizing Technology

  • Utilize Handshake, LinkedIn, and other online resources to assist with your job search.
  • Update and sharpen online presence on social media accounts, E-portfolio, LinkedIn, and Handshake.

Exploration

As your undergraduate career comes to an end, it is important to have a plan and implement strategies that will hold you accountable to fulfilling that plan. We encourage you to continue to explore in your personal and professional life, college only teaches you so much and there is still a lot you need to learn

Knowledge of Self

  • Identify your personal values and what is going to matter for you the most after college.
  • Attend Career Center events to fine tune your professional skills.

Professional Brand

  • Finalize professional documents for career opportunities and grad/prof school applications.

Thinking Ahead

  • Research the area you will live in for things to do, cost of living, and other important things to consider as a young professional.
  • Remember all of the Career Center resources are available to you as alumni.