Four-Year Plan

Honors Carolina encourages students to work with an Advising & Career Guide to develop individualized four-year plans that offer specific recommendations to follow throughout their college careers.

The plan initially focuses on exploring new interests and connecting with distinguished faculty and alumni, followed by opportunities to gain practical experience and sharpen professional development skills, such as resume writing and interviewing.

SEARCH BY YEAR
First Year | Second Year | Third Year | Fourth Year

FIRST YEAR

  • Discuss your career goals with an Honors Carolina Advising & Career Guide.
  • Get to know your professors. Attend office hours and actively participate in class discussions.
  • Attend “Go Anywhere” programs, workshops, dinners, etc.
  • Join an Honors Carolina Career Perspectives Group to understand how your knowledge, skills and abilities relate to academic, co-curricular, and career opportunities.
  • Attend the study abroad fair to explore global opportunities.
  • Draft a four-year plan with an Honors Carolina Advising & Career Guide and your Academic Advisor.
  • Attend an Honors resume workshop and follow the Honors Carolina Resume Style Guide to create your resume.
  • Activate your Careerolina Account and upload resume to the Honors Carolina Resume Book.
  • Create your LinkedIn profile, attend LinkedIn workshop and join Honors Carolina LinkedIn group.
  • Attend Career Services Spring Job/Internship Fair.
  • Explore requirements, application procedures, and course planning strategies for undergraduate professional school majors.
  • Explore meaningful summer opportunities related to research, study abroad, internships, and, shadowing.
  • Schedule informational interviews with alumni in fields that interest you.

SECOND YEAR

  • Meet with an Honors Carolina Advising & Career Guide to refine your goals and to review your resume and other professional documents.
  • Update your four-year plan to ensure you are on target for your academic, global, research, and career goals.
  • Update your Careerolina account & resume in the Honors Carolina virtual resume book.
  • Attend “Go Anywhere” programs, workshops, dinners, etc.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile. Leverage LinkedIn to expand your professional network and to connect with professionals in career fields that interest you.
  • Attend Career Services Fall and Spring Job & Internship Fairs.
  • Talk to professors, family, friends, alumni and professionals about career fields of interest.
  • Declare a primary major by February.
  • Explore meaningful summer opportunities related to research, study abroad, internships, and, shadowing.
  • Continue to obtain professional experience through jobs, internships, volunteer experiences, and shadow opportunities.
  • Consider Undergraduate Research, Honors Study Abroad programs and Burch Field Seminars.

THIRD YEAR

  • Meet with an Honors Carolina Advising & Career Guide to refine your goals and discuss next steps.
  • Update your four-year plan to reflect your current academic, global, research, and career goals.
  • Update your Careerolina account, resume in the virtual resume book, and LinkedIn profile.
  • Attend “Go Anywhere” events related to employer and grad school information sessions; cover letter and personal statement workshops; interviewing; job offer negotiation/evaluation strategies; and faculty/alumni dinners and talks.
  • Consider taking the Fall Dunlevie Colloquium: “Translational Skills: From Academy to Market”
  • Attend Career Boot Camp for 3rd/4th year students.
  • If seeking full-time employment after graduation, search for a summer internship. (Some industries recruit for summer interns in the fall semester.)
  • Attend the Career Services Fall and Spring Job & Internship Fairs and/or Graduate School Fairs.
  • Develop and practice an “elevator pitch” that effectively markets your experiences to employers/graduate schools/professional connections.
  • Attend an interview workshop to gain access to mock interview opportunities with young alumni.
  • If considering graduate school, identify programs, application deadlines, requirements, and prep strategies/courses for the GRE/MCAT/LSAT/GMAT.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in your intended career fields to grow your professional network.
  • Identify faculty, advisors, and supervisors who can write letters of recommendation and/or serve as professional references.
  • Consider writing an Honors Thesis. Students writing a senior Honors thesis may begin work during the Spring semester of your junior year.
  • Complete a career-related internship. Make connections and secure recommendations by the conclusion of your internship.
  • Complete an Honors Summer Study Abroad program or engage in research.
  • If pursuing graduate/professional school, continue to work on application materials.

FOURTH YEAR

  • Meet with Advising & Career Guide to evaluate your career readiness and goals for future career attainment.
  • Update your Careerolina account, resume in the Honors Carolina virtual resume book, and your LinkedIn profile.
  • Continue to research job opportunities and monitor application and on-campus interview deadlines. Many employers begin recruiting as soon as the semester begins.
  • Continue to leverage the Honors Carolina LinkedIn group to connect with alumni and professionals.
  • Attend Career Boot Camp for 3rd/4th year students.
  • Attend the Career Services Fall and Spring Job & Internship Fairs and/or Graduate School Fairs.
  • Conduct a practice interview with Honors Advising and Career Guide and also a mock interview with an Honors Carolina young alumni member.
  • Attend Honors and Career Services information sessions, meet-ups, panels, and fairs to network with employers and research opportunities.
  • Engage with UNC and Honors alumni online and in person.
  • Complete Honors Carolina and Career Services post-graduation plan surveys.