Graduating senior Briana Lung shares some tips on getting your future together.
This time of year can be a major source of stress for graduating seniors. Trying to figure out what to do with your life after graduation or what to do with a year away from school can be so frightening that many consider taking an extra year for their undergrad at least once. Here are some tips everyone can use to plan during their remaining time at the University of Michigan.
Go to the Career Center
If you have never seen this door before, that means it is definitely time to make a visit.
Make an appointment at the Career Center in the Student Activities Building. Seniors will find these services useful:
- Resume and cover letter review
- Personal statement review
- Help with job searching
- Prepare for interviews using mock interviews
- Help with Pre-Med/Pre-Health, law, and graduate school applications
- Finding direction and clarifying future goals
- Helping you if you feel overwhelmed and lost about where to start
Juniors, sophomores, and freshmen, they have resources for you too:
- Career assessment test result interpretations
- Career decision making
- Finding internships
Meet with Your Advisor
My advisor, Dr. Lynn Carpenter. Her face just screams “I want to help you be successful!”
Make sure that you are on track to graduate! Set up a meeting with your major advisor to confirm that you have fulfilled all of your requirements. Get your major released and apply for graduation before April 21 if you plan to graduate in May.
Pro tip: Have your advisor look at your resume too. They will make sure that you are conveying all of the right information for your applications.
This is my own, personal, heavy-duty “future binder.” Included are my dental school application plans, DAT prep plans, master’s program applications, and wedding plans.
Make a list of all of the things that you want or need to do after graduation and make it happen. Print applications out, organize them, print out a calendar, and make a timeline of when you want to get things done by.
The Alumni Association has a variety of resources to aid graduating seniors in their transitions after undergrad.
What Can the Alumni Association Do?
When you graduate, you get a free year-long membership to the Alumni Association. How can that help you get ahead?
Money off Kaplan courses
If you are prepping for a professional test like the MCAT, DAT, PCAT, or LSAT, an Alumni Association membership will get you $100 off a Kaplan prep course.
The Alumni Association has a service called InterviewStream that simulates professional school interviews. If you are planning on taking more than a year away from school, this would better suit you than the Career Center.
- Get in contact with a local Alumni Club in the area that you will be moving to. Networking is a lifelong skill that pays off. There are more than 100 alumni groups across the country, so you can find Wolverines to network with wherever you end up after graduation.
- You can participate in a 30 Minute Mentors session before you graduate. There are sessions held on campus and virtually in March and May and the alumni have useful advice. The next 30 Minute Mentors is on March 27.