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Four-Stage Career Exploration

Following the four-stage career exploration model will help students connect their educational experiences with their future goals as they relate to academic and career decisions.

Students will:

  • Identify values, interests and skills
  • Select a major and possible future career and/or educational paths
  • Define and refine goals
  • Become involved in experiences, activities and events throughout their college years in preparation for future career opportunities and aspirations

To get started, contact a CCPD Staff Member: 

Debra K. Kelly, Senior Career Services Specialist 610.902.8306, debra.kelly@cabrini.edu 

NACE Core Competencies

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) recommends proficiency in the eight Core Competencies for a Career Ready Workforce.  You can learn more by visiting here. 

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First Year - Realize your potential 
Define academic and career goals; assess skills, interests, and values

  • View What Can I Do With This Major?
  • Become involved with student clubs and organizations
  • Develop a professional resumé
  • Attend career/job fairs and networking events

Sophomore Year - Realize your possibilities 
Continue to examine future career options, confirm major and learn about experiential opportunities by following all of the above, plus:

  • Begin to define short and long-term career goals
  • Consider studying abroad
  • Identify ways to gain experience through internships, field experience and practicum placements
  • Consider research opportunities with faculty members, part-time/summer work, immersion trips and volunteer positions
  • Take a road trip to one or more companies
  • Attend career development workshops
  • Assume a leadership role in a club, organization or activity
  • Research graduate/professional school options
  • Enhance resume or portfolio

Junior Year - Realize your performance 
Enhance skills and clarify career goals by gaining practical experience outside the classroom by following all of the above, plus:

  • Obtain an internship, a part-time/summer job and volunteer for community service
  • Communicate with alumni about their career paths
  • Become a student-affiliate member of a professional organization
  • Participate in on and off-campus recruiting efforts

Senior Year - Realize your future 
Be aware of the process necessary to achieve post-undergraduate goals (employment, graduate or professional school or service) by following all of the above, plus:

  • Secure Fall and/or Spring semester internships
  • Update resumé and enhance interview skills
  • Communicate with employers and/or explore graduate/professional school options
  • Develop a network of career and personal contacts

Alumni - Realize your connections 
The Cabrini University community guides students through their college experience by supporting their personal, academic and career development.

Alumni can assist current students and other alumni by considering the following:

  • Participate in networking events
  • Offer employment and internship opportunities
  • Provide mentoring/job shadowing experiences
  • To join our Alumni network, attend networking events, or advertise a position to Cabrini Students please  click here to complete a quick form.  We will use this information to set up your Handshake account.  You will receive an e-mail from Handshake with instructions on how to complete the process.