Timeline for Career Success

Below is a suggested timeline of steps to take in preparing for your future career success. Penn State and the College of IST have many resources available to students, but you do need to be proactive in taking advantage of them. Remember, your success depends on you!

  • Research the College of IST's majors. Talk to an academic adviser for more information about each major and to a career counselor to under career paths.
  • Study hard! Maintaining a good GPA will help you have access to the greatest number of opportunities, as some employers exclude applicants if their GPA is below a certain level (often 3.0).
  • Get to know the resources offered through IST's Office of Career Solutions and meet with a member of our team.
  • Log-in to Nittany Lion Careers, Penn State's job posting and recruiting system, and begin looking at jobs and internship targeting College of IST majors.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and make connections with recruiters and classmates.
  • Write a resume and add information as you go through your degree program.
  • Review and clean up your social media accounts to make the best impression on employers.
  • Begin building your ePortfolio to showcase your skills and abilities to future employers while highlighting your passions.
  • Learn to dress professionally and invest in a quality suit for career fairs, interviews, and company events. you can use for the next few years. Check out Penn State's Professional Attire Closet for some affordable options.
  • Attend IST and University-wide career events to network with employers and explore career opportunities. Remember to check out Nittany Lion Careers for more events.
  • Get to know your instructors, which not only helps in the classroom but also can open doors with future employers.
  • Join a student organization to develop interpersonal and leadership skills, and make professional connections.
  • Update your résumé and LinkedIn profile with any career-related experience you have had so far. Remove high school information after your first semester at Penn State.
  • Network with companies on campus, particularly early in the fall semester which tends to be the busiest time for recruiting.
  • Search for co-op or internship opportunities in Nittany Lion Careers and apply for positions of interest.
  • Join a student organization related to your intended major.
  • Update your ePortfolio with any personal or classroom projects you've completed.
  • Continue to build relationships with faculty and instructors at Penn State.
  • Practice your interview skills by doing a mock interview.
  • Arrange informational interviews with professionals to learn more about fields you are considering.
  • Update your voicemail message so that it sounds professional.
  • Update your résumé and LinkedIn profile with new career-related experiences, including academic or personal projects.
  • Consider using the GPA Calculator to add your major GPA to your resume.  You calculate this using only your major-related courses.
  • Search for co-op or internship opportunities in Nittany Lion Careers and apply for positions of interest.
  • Update your ePortfolio with any personal or classroom projects you've completed.
  • Attend IST and University-wide career events to network with employers and explore career opportunities. Remember to check out Nittany Lion Careers for more events.
  • Practice your interview skills by doing a mock interview.
  • Join a professional organization in your intended field and use every opportunity to network with other professionals.
  • Get information on entrance exams that may be required if you are considering graduate or professional school.
  • Take any required entrance exams if you are planning to go to graduate school.
  • Update your resume and LinkedIn profile with all professional positions you've held, including any volunteer or leadership positions. Create targeted versions of your résumé for different positions or employers, as needed.
  • Practice your interview skills by doing a mock interview.
  • Search and apply for entry-level full-time jobs through Nittany Lion Careers and other online job listings.
  • Update your ePortfolio with any personal or classroom projects you've completed.
  • Attend IST and University-wide career events to network with employers and explore career opportunities. Remember to check out Nittany Lion Careers for more events. Before you go, find out which employers will be attending and focus your efforts on those of most interest to you.
  • Schedule on-campus interviews. If you are enrolled at another Penn State campus but you are planning an on-campus interview, talk to the recruiter about your options for a telephone/virtual interview if you are not able to make it to University Park.
  • Contact people in your professional network—including professors, instructors, and former employers—to request references.
  • Weigh the pros and cons of your options before you accept an offer.
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Office of Career Solutions and Corporate Engagement

E103 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802

Make an Appointment

careers@ist.psu.edu
(814) 865-4509