Career Pathways for Students

For First-Year Students

During your first year of college, you should take time to explore possible majors and careers. First-year students have considerable time to make career decisions; however, we recommend that you begin to research possible careers during your first year at Virginia Wesleyan. Our Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) can help you.

Some tips & services for first-year students:

  • Take courses that you enjoy. They will likely lead to a career that you will also enjoy.
  • Discuss possible career options with faculty who teach courses that you enjoy.
  • Take our FOCUS-2 online self-guided, interactive program. It is designed to help you to select a major and plan your career based on your personal interests, values, skills, personality, and aspirations. It’s free to all Virginia Wesleyan students.You might find 3 sections particularly helpful:
    • Self Assessment
    • Academic Strengths
    • Career Readiness
  • Shadow a professional in a potential career field.
  • Build a resume. Begin to acquire professional experiences that help you to develop essential professional skills.
  • Volunteer. Virginia Wesleyan’s Community Service Office can help identify volunteer opportunities.
  • Meet with a CDIP career counselor in The Lighthouse. To make an appointment, call 455-3337 or email us at careerdevelopment@vwu.edu.

For Second-Year Students

During your second year of college, you should focus on selecting a major in a field that you enjoy. As you select a major, consider its possible career implications.

Remember that a liberal arts degree is excellent preparation for rewarding careers. A liberal arts education helps to develop a set of essential skills that lay the foundation for professional success. These include the abilities to solve complex problems, to synthesize information, to be open to others’ perspectives, and to communicate effectively.

As you deliberate seriously on possible majors and careers, our Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) can help you.

Some tips & services for second-year students:

  • Take courses that you enjoy. They will likely lead to a career that you will also enjoy.
  • Discuss possible career options with faculty who teach courses that you enjoy.
  • Take our FOCUS-2 online self-guided, interactive program. It is designed to help you to select a major and plan your career based on your personal interests, values, skills, personality, and aspirations. It’s free to all Virginia Wesleyan students.You might find 3 sections particularly helpful:
    • Self Assessment
    • Academic Strengths
    • Career Readiness
  • Undertake an externship in a potential career field.
  • Build a resume. Begin to acquire professional experiences that help you to develop essential professional skills.
  • Volunteer. Virginia Wesleyan’s Community Service Office can help identify volunteer opportunities.
  • Meet with a CDIP career counselor in The Lighthouse. To make an appointment, call 455-3337 or email us at careerdevelopment@vwu.edu.

For Third-Year Students

During your third year of college, you should focus on developing career expertise and a professional profile. Above all, this is the time to acquire professional experience that will give you the edge in your career search. This includes undertaking an internship.

As you consider possible careers and internship opportunities, our Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) can help you.

Some tips & services for third-year students:

  • Take courses that you enjoy. They will likely lead to a career that you will also enjoy.
  • Discuss possible career options with faculty who teach courses that you enjoy.
  • Take our FOCUS-2  online self-guided, interactive program. It is designed to help you to select a major and plan your career based on your personal interests, values, skills, personality, and aspirations. It’s free to all Virginia Wesleyan students.You might find 3 sections particularly helpful:
    • Your Career Planning Status in the Career Readiness
    • Explore the Possibilities
  • Undertake an internship in a potential career field.
  • Meet with a CDIP career counselor in The Lighthouse. To make an appointment, call 455-3337 or email us at careerdevelopment@vwu.edu.

For Fourth-Year Students

During your fourth year of college, you should continue to focus on developing career expertise and a professional profile. This includes undertaking an internship and searching for post-college employment.

As you apply for internships and career opportunities, our Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) can help you.

Some tips & services for fourth-year students:

  • Discuss possible career options with faculty who teach courses that you enjoy.
  • Discuss possible career options with professionals in your field.
  • Take our FOCUS-2  online self-guided, interactive program. It is designed to help you to select a major and plan your career based on your personal interests, values, skills, personality, and aspirations. It’s free to all Virginia Wesleyan students.You might find 3 sections particularly helpful:
    • Your Career Planning Status in the Career Readiness
    • Explore the Possibilities
  • Undertake an internship in a potential career field.
  • Meet with a CDIP career counselor in The Lighthouse. To make an appointment, call 455-3337 or email us at careerdevelopment@vwu.edu.