4 Years to Career Success: Steps to Explore your Major & Interests

Start planning your future success today by exploring your interests, trying different classes, learning about your major and deciding your career plans. When you have questions, HHS is here to guide you along the way. Here are a few ideas to help you start your career planning during your college experience. 

HHS Academic Unit 4 Year Plans

Health and Kinesiology

Health Sciences

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Human Development and Family Studies


Nutrition Sciences

Psychological Sciences

Public Health

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences


First-Year Students

  • Discover your interests, abilities, and values through classes, student organizations, or volunteer opportunities
  • Explore career options with your major and talk to individuals working in these careers
  • Create a career plan with academic advisor and consider study abroad options
  • Find campus employment and part-time jobs to gain work experience
  • Visit the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) and Office of Pre-Professional Advising to learn about available career planning resources
  • Create or update your resume to include Purdue education and new college experiences
  • Attend fall/spring career fairs to secure summer internship or research experience

Second Year

  • Review your current interests and adjust career plan as needed with academic advisor
  • Update resume with summer experience and upload into myCCO account
  • Consider leadership roles and take on projects in student organizations
  • Create LinkedIn account, build your profile, start making connections and join the Purdue HHS Career Development group
  • Participate in alumni meet & greet or networking events
  • Learn how to prepare for a career fair or interview by attending a workshop
  • Attend fall and spring career fairs to secure summer internship or research experience
  • Go to company or graduate school/program information sessions to learn more about career options
  • Begin to research qualifications for graduate school or professional programs

Third Year

  • Discuss career plan for employment or further studies with CCO career coach or academic advisor  
  • Update your resume and LinkedIn profile
  • Expand your professional network by attending information sessions and career/graduate fairs
  • Gain experience- attend career fairs to secure summer internship or dicuss conducting research interest with faculty
  • Develop quality relationships with faculty and employers for future letters of recommendation/references
  • Practice your interview skills for internships or graduate school process
  • Prepare for graduate school admissions exams, if choosing further studies in graduate school or professional program.

Fourth Year

  • Review career plan and decide on full-time employment, advanced studies or developmental year
  • Create timeline for career plan to accomplish necessary steps; start two semesters out
  • Update resume according to future goal; job search resume is different than a CV for advanced studies
  • Develop your personal brand. Identify your values, strengths and interest. Practice self-reflection and have examples that demonstrate your skills and abilities
  • Polish your cover letter or personal statement; make sure your brand is communicated
  • Identify best job search resources, such as myCCO for on-campus interview and job postings, and Careers Research Portal
  • Determine best references for career plan and meet with references/mentors to discuss career plans
  • Complete First Destination Survey to let HHS know your future plans


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