Career Planning Guide

When it comes to preparing for your career, it’s important to start early. Consider these suggestions as you navigate your time at Grand View University:

First Year
  • Consider college as preparation for life. College is much more than education training. Make the most of your college years intellectually, socially, and vocationally. Start growing your network by joining a campus club!
  • Take the Career Explorer Assessment to help you identify and explore possible career paths based on your personality, skills, and values - meet with the Career Center to review your results.
  • Get to know your GV Complete Coach.
  • Review Career Center Resources and GV's Common Job Titles in myGVU to explore majors and career path options.
  • Get involved in campus organizations and activities that can be found on the Student Activities page.
  • Consider on-campus employment and seasonal or part-time jobs that help you gain skills and experience. Search for positions in Handshake.
  • Create a LinkedIn account to help establish your professional brand and keep track of your connections throughout college.
  • Complete your profile in Handshake (log in using your GV email address and password) and consider downloading the Handshake app.
  • Create a resume that starts incorporating your college experiences.
Sophomore Year
  • Secure on-campus employment and seasonal or part-time jobs that help you gain skills and experience.
  • Get involved with community organizations and volunteer activities.
  • Participate in a Grand View Student Leadership program. Campus involvement, especially a leadership position, enables you to acquire transferable skills, collaborate with a network of student leaders, and gain valuable experience that will help set you apart from others during your future job search or grad school applications.
  • Learn more about a variety of careers by completing an informational interview and/or job shadow with an industry professional.
  • Attend Career Center and campus club events that help build your network and connect with employers.
  • Learn how to write a cover letter that is tailored to specific jobs and internships. Email for assistance writing and editing cover letters.
  • Consider coursework that further develops your career readiness, such as career and self-development, communication, critical thinking, equity and inclusion, leadership, professionalism, teamwork, and technology.
Junior Year
  • Start preparing for graduation. Check with your academic advisor to be certain you will meet all graduation requirements.
  • Plan for an internship with your advisor, and start applying for internships or part-time jobs that are relevant to your career plans.
  • Complete a mock interview in the Career Center.
  • Attend employer events on campus and in the community.
  • Explore the NACE Career Readiness Competencies and identify which competencies you need to further develop during your time at Grand View.
  • Meet with the Career Center to make sure your application materials represent you well. Be ready to begin your job search as soon as your senior year begins.
  • If you plan to go to graduate/professional school, use Mometrix (free study guides, practice tests, and flashcards) to start studying for entrance exams.
  • Check with your academic advisor to be certain you will meet all graduation requirements and file a petition for graduation (PDF).
Senior Year
  • Gain relevant experience by completing an internship, or work a part-time job related to your career plans.
  • Make sure your application materials (e.g., resume and cover letter) and social media represent you well. Update your LinkedIn profile to show that you’re open to work.
  • Register for and attend Career Center and Des Moines area employer events, or complete the graduate and professional school application process during the fall semester.
  • Network with employers on and off campus, letting them know you're searching for jobs. Utilize the Career Center, faculty, staff, friends, alumni, LinkedIn, Handshake, and professional associations.
  • Get registered with the Career Center for employer interviews and participate in our employer interview day events or complete graduate school application process during the fall semester.
  • Visit with employers about opportunities at a career day.
  • Identify and research employers, completing informational interviews with people who work careers of interest.
  • Submit a Grand View graduation application.
  • Apply for jobs through Handshake and other job search sites.
  • Learn about salary negotiation, and be prepared to negotiate job offers.

Have a Question? We Can Help.

Haley Peeler
Haley Peeler
Director of the Career Center

Sara Anderson
Assistant Director of the Career Center