Career Quick Start

As a college student, your days—and probably nights—are packed with activity and opportunity.

Even if your time is limited, you can squeeze in some college-to-career planning in just a few minutes.
Some ideas to get you started:

In about an hour, you can:

Visit your college career center. Hopefully, this won’t be your first visit, and it should not be your last. Your career center is likely to offer everything you need: access to job and internship leads, help with resumes and cover letters, opportunities to practice interviews or polish workplace etiquette, and staff who will offer a shoulder to cry on, if necessary, or cheers to celebrate your success.

In about 30 minutes, you can:

Explore, a free, statewide internship matching service.

Browse the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET Interest Profiler, at to learn more about occupations that match your skill set. The O*NET Interest Profiler lets you match work activities to your
personal interests.

Check out your department or school web pages to see what other students in your major are doing. You’ll get ideas for your own project, internship, or job search.

In about 15 minutes, you can:

Visit your hometown Chamber of Commerce web page to see what opportunities exist in your community for young professionals. Even if you don’t plan to return permanently, you might find the perfect springboard to your future, wherever that may be.

Draft an email to your favorite professor to ask for a recommendation.

Create an account with Indiana Career Explorer at

In less than 10 minutes, you can:

Update your LinkedIn Profile with new examples of your work or other career developments.

Make a list of people you know from various parts of your life (hometown, work, college) who might have good ideas or advice for your career.