Marymount Manhattan

Four Year Career Plan

A four year action plan for your time here at Marymount can help jumpstart your future career following graduation.

  • First Year: Discover


    First Year: Discover
    • Visit Academic Advisement and Career Services to learn about our services.
    o Obtain advisement literature regarding degree requirements, core and shared curriculum, and MMC policies.
    o Assess your interests, abilities, personality, and values through individual appointments with academic advisors or career counselors. Take a career assessment inventory in Career Services.
    o Identify possible majors, career fields using MMC and web-based resources.
    o Learn how to find out more about careers, make decisions, and set goals as well as exploring internship possibilities by talking with Career Services staff.
    • Select courses that give you an opportunity to determine what academic areas are of interest to you.
    • Talk to faculty, staff, and other students about classes, courses of study, and careers.
    • Join a club or student organization to test out some of your career interests.
    • Think about a part-time job or volunteer experience after your first semester. Remember that grades come first. After all, your primary job is being a student!


  • Second Year: Dig

    Second Year: Dig

    • Meet individually with a career counselor to develop short-term and long-term goals.
    • Attend career/internship/volunteer fairs hosted by Career Services.
    • Conduct informational interviews pertaining to both majors and careers.
    • Visit faculty, academic departments to learn more about programs of study.  Even if you are decided on a major, this might help you with choices and options related to double majoring, minoring, or choosing a concentration. 
    • Get involved!  Join a club or student organization.  It will not only be fun, but it will look good on your resume.
    • Start writing your resume, even if it is just a rough draft.  Make an appointment to see a career counselor for assistance.
    • Look into securing an internship for credit (students must have 30 credits, a GPA of 2.8 or better).
  • Third Year: Decide

    Third Year: Decide

    • Focus on your resume.  Take advantage of our resume writing resources:
      • Resume Drafting
      • Resume Review
    • Research graduate schools to find out about different programs that are offered, the admission requirements, how to apply, and the costs of attending.  Talk to faculty about the process, competitive programs, and admission requirements.
    • Begin preparing for graduate school admissions tests such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT.
    • Attend career/internship fairs hosted by Career Services.
    • Identify fellowship/ grant opportunities; review application procedures and qualifications.
    • Organize the information you have collected:  electronically or in a physical folder.  File job search information, resume and cover letter drafts, graduate school research, contacts and networking connections.
    • Visit the Center for Student Services for your official degree audit after 75 credits.
    • Review job search resources: websites, job and internship databases, including the MMC Career Connection.
    • Begin informational interviewing with prospective employer/graduate schools programs.
    • Practice doing a mock interview.  Identify sample questions and assess your own strengths and weaknesses. Visit Career Services for assistance and mock interviews.
    • Purchase appropriate interviewing attire. Dress for Success!
    • Consider several internship opportunities and begin assessing your professional network.
  • Fourth Year: Do

    Fourth Year: Do

    • Prepare for interviews by practicing different formats or question styles.
    • Polish your resume.  Make an appointment with Career Services to have your resume reviewed, suggesting final touches or minor changes.
    • Attend employer presentations to learn firsthand about companies and organizations.  Minimally, you should identify potential job opportunities with companies and organizations that might interest you.
    • Register for and TAKE graduate school admissions tests.
    • Network with MMC alumni.  Sometimes faculty can put you into contact with a former student who would be willing to talk about their experiences as a student and working professional. Be aware of possible panel discussions with alumni present.
    • Identify and apply for jobs or decide on graduate work.
    • Interview with several employers and carefully review all offers made.
    • Accept the best position for you and CELEBRATE! Don’t forget to inform Career Services about your new position!