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  • The resident dining hall, Sparky’s Place, offers a variety of nutritious meals for students and faculty.
    The resident dining hall, Sparky’s Place, offers a variety of nutritious meals for students and faculty.
  • Aerial shot of the Academic Quad.
    Aerial shot of the Academic Quad.
  • Whether it’s winter, spring, or anything in between, Merrimack’s beautiful campus is enjoyed by all.
    Whether it’s winter, spring, or anything in between, Merrimack’s beautiful campus is enjoyed by all.
  • The Gladys Sakowich Campus Center, the heart of campus activities.
    The Gladys Sakowich Campus Center, the heart of campus activities.
  • Students are often seen studying in the McQuade Library, a favorite spot on campus.
    Students are often seen studying in the McQuade Library, a favorite spot on campus.
  • Mendel Center and the Moseley Wrought Iron Arch Bridge.
    Mendel Center and the Moseley Wrought Iron Arch Bridge.
  • The Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher is the spiritual center of the Merrimack College community.
    The Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher is the spiritual center of the Merrimack College community.

Four Year Plan

Career Planning starts with the first year of college.

Below you will find a listing of different actions and steps to take during your four years at Merrimack College. Not all of the suggestions may be applicable to everyone.

Freshmen

  • Attend class!!!
  • Adjust to college - learn to balance your new academic challenges and social life 
  • Learn how to use our online job search system, ADVANTAGE.
  • Revise your resume from high school, and/or start building one from scratch.
  • Get involved!  Join one or two student organizations to meet new people.
  • Make an appointment with career advisor to discuss your FOCUS assessment results and the relationship between majors and careers.
  • Apply for work study and employment opportunities through ADVANTAGE 
  • Get to know the RA’s on your floor.
  • Meet with an academic advisor to discuss areas of study that interest you.
  • Network! Network! Network! 

Sophomores

  • Think about study abroad for your junior year.
  • Attend special events sponsored by Career Services.
  • Consider an internship the summer after your sophomore year.
  • Participate in a job shadow program where you meet with professionals who are in different industries.
  • Get to know some professors.
  • Use FOCUS for continued career exploration. 
  • Apply to be an Orientation Leaders or Resident Assistant.
  • Volunteer in activities sponsored through the Stevens Service Learning Center.
  • Participate in an Alternative Spring Break program (winter break and Spring Break).
  • Update and revise your resume.
  • Meet with a career counselor to plan your next steps to obtain a co-op or internship.
  • If you don't already have a suit, buy one.
  • Network!  Network!  Network! 

Juniors

  • Perform informational interviews to narrow your career interest areas.   
  • Continue to explore and participate in cooperative education opportunities and internships in your field.
  • Begin researching post- graduate national competitive fellowships and scholarships.
  • Join the professional association related to your major.
  • Participate in interviewing, cover-letter writing, and other job-search workshops. 
  • Use INTERVIEWSTREAM to practice your skills in a mock interview. 
  • Start reading professional journals or trade publications from your major.
  • Take on additional leadership positions in athletics, or co-curricular programs.
  • Give back by participating in a service opportunity.  
  • Start exploring whether Graduate School or a year of service are right opportunities for you.  
  • Attend on-campus career fairs and employer information sessions related to your interests.
  • Use FOCUS for continued career exploration
  • Ask current/former employers and professors to serve as references.
  • Do an internship in the summer after your junior year.
  • Build your professional wardrobe.
  • Network! Network! Network!

Seniors

  • Put your job search campaign in high gear. Commit yourself to a thorough search.
  • If applicable, take graduate school entrance exams and complete graduate school applications.
  • Apply for jobs and participate in as many interviews as possible.
  • Update your resume and keep it updated-Upload most recent copy to ADVANTAGE
  • Develop an employer prospect list with contact names and addresses from organizations you are interested in pursuing.
  • Discuss career opportunities with faculty and counselors, friends, etc.
  • Attend workshops you may have missed on resumes, cover letters, interviewing, networking, and conducting a job search. 
  • Use INTERVIEWSTREAM to practice interviewing.  Keep track of your interview results and assess your performance after each interview. 
  • Be positive and stay alert to opportunities.
  • Participate in our mock-interview program.
  • Gather information on realistic salary expectations.
  • Join the Merrimack College Alumni LinkedIn Account.
  • Conduct a social media audit of your own accounts (Facebook, Flicker etc.).
  • Let the Career Center know when you have been accepted into graduate school or have found a job.
  • Network!  Network!  Network!