Internship & Career Development Resources

Career Fair

Success Begins With Being Intentional

Our goal at the Jordan College Advising and Career Development Center is your success.  An important part of your success involves you making informed decisions about your career direction.  This can often feel overwhelming and many students will put off making a decision about their careers until late in their senior year.  Waiting until that stage of your education can limit your opportunities.  

Making decisions about your future career doesn’t need to be overwhelming and, in fact, it can be fun.  The key to success is having a solid game plan and executing that game plan early in your academic career. 

To make informed career decisions you need to move thorough these steps:

Self Assessment

No two people are alike.  We are each born with a unique set of gifts and abilities.  Additionally, our experiences shape who we are.   While assessments won’t necessarily tell you any information you didn’t know to be true about yourself, it may provide you with new ways to describe yourself to others and to evaluate what careers and work environments work best with how you are “wired”.  Key areas to assess are your:

  • Skills
  • Interests
  • Values
  • Personality Style
  • Goals

Click on the “Career Assessment” menu item on the left to learn more about the Career Assessment tools available to you as a Fresno State Student.

Career Exploration

This step is probably the most important in the process and the most often neglected.  Benjamin Disrali, the Prime Minister of England during Queen Victoria’s reign said, “As a general rule, the most successful people in life are those with the best information”.  To make an informed career decision, you need to have a truly accurate understanding of the career you are considering.  To gain that understanding you need to read information about the career, to conduct informational interviews with people working in that field, and to participate in internships and other professional experiences while you’re still in college.

Click on the “Career Exploration” menu item on the left to learn more about the resources available to you as conduct your career research. 

Goal Setting and Gaining Experience

Once you’ve chosen an initial direction, now is the time to put into place strategies that will allow you to achieve that career.  These strategies include continuing to gain relevant professional experience through internships or part-time employment, developing your network of contacts from your desired career field and finding a mentor who can guide you through the realities of entering that field.   

The Coordinator of Internships and Professional Experience can work with you to develop a customized plan to reach your goals.  To make an appointment call 559.278.4019 or email mwillis@csufresno.edu.

Job Search

If you intentionally worked through the three previous steps, your job search should go much more smoothly for you than for students who did not.  Finding job opportunities is more than simply getting on a job search website and applying for opportunities.  A successful job search strategy involves targeting specific employers and networking your way to opportunities, including those that never are posted (which make up nearly 40% of the available jobs). 

Click on the “Internship & Job Search Strategy” menu item on the left to learn more about the resources available to you as conduct your job (or internship) search.

As mentioned before, thinking about your future career can be overwhelming and it’s tempting to avoid dealing with it at all.  You may be worrying that if you make the “wrong” choice, you’ll ruin your life.   I want you to re-frame your perspective on the big career question.  The question you should be working on answering is not, “What do I want to do for the rest of my life?”, but instead, “What do I want to do first?”.  Intentionally work through the steps listed above and you will significantly increase your long-term career success. 

Be Bold!  Be Intentional!