Career Planning

Every student is unique; however, here are general suggestions on how to utilize Career Services to pursue your career goals. Click below to learn more.

Freshman Year

INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO THE UNITED STATES

Use this first year to acclimate to the university and community.

  • Learning about the people and culture will give you confidence
  • Developing English language skills will enable you to communicate effectively
  • Making connections with peers, staff, and faculty will ease your transition and homesickness
  • Understanding academic requirements, which may be different from your home country, will allow you to keep on track to graduation
ACTION STEPS
  • Visit with a career adviser to formulate career/post-graduation plans
  • Gain information about the work-place culture in the U.S.
  • Participate in GPS (Guided Professional Shadowing) to explore career paths within a major
  • Attend career fairs/presentations/employer information sessions
  • Seek opportunities to develop English language skills
  • Participate in student organizations and activities on-campus, in the residence halls, and in the community

Sophomore year

EXPAND HORIZONS

You have spent time, money, and energy preparing to and beginning your academic career in the U.S. Now ensure your investment provides you with meaningful experiences, beyond what you gain in the classroom.

  • Seeking new experiences, inside and outside the classroom, provides you with opportunities to meet people, develop skills, and gain information about career paths
  • Stepping outside your comfort zone will let you master language and cultural skills in the real-world
  • Making connections will allow you to tap into campus and community resources
ACTION STEPS
  • Explore major and career paths
  • Gain information from ISSO about visas and work-related restrictions. Develop a resume, practice interviewing skills, and explore involvement options
  • Register for Husker Hire Link to access job/internship postings
  • Seek on-campus employment
  • Attend Career Fair Prep Night to get tips from employers and then attend Career Fairs
  • Continue developing language and cultural skills

Junior year

SOLIDIFY PLANS AND TAKE ACTION

Junior year is a critical time for you to take action toward your career path. Start early for optimal results.

  • Identifying strengths and areas in need of improvement will bolster your applications
  • Making alternative plans, if necessary, will allow you more flexibility in options
  • Accessing resources relevant to your goals will give you more information about your intended path
ACTION STEPS
  • Finalize job search or graduate school application strategies
  • Update Husker Hire Link to access job/internship postings
  • Seek internships or on-campus jobs related to goals; apply for OPT or Academic Training as needed
  • Attend career fairs and relevant career events
  • Network with peers, employers, professors, alumni, and staff and develop a positive online presence
  • Attend graduate school application or job search workshops and presentations
  • Participate in a mock interview with a career adviser or employer
  • Accept leadership roles in student organizations and/or volunteer activities
  • Buy a formal suit for interview preparation
  • Continue developing English language and cultural skills

Senior year

EXECUTE CAREER OR OTHER POST-GRADUATION PLANS

Prepare to launch yourself into the real world and use your senior year to take control of your future plans.

  • Continuing to develop strengths will improve your applications
  • Making alternative plans, if necessary, will allow you more flexibility in options
ACTION STEPS
  • Finalize resume, cover letter, and other application materials
  • Update Husker Hire Link to access job/internship postings
  • Meet with career advisers to discuss job search or graduate school application
  • Seek internships or part-time jobs related to goals; apply for OPT or Academic Training as needed
  • Participate in mock interviews
  • Attend career fairs and events
  • Network with professors and alumni for more information in the job search or graduate school application process

Graduate Students

GAIN EXPERIENCE RELATED TO ACADEMIC OR INDUSTRY CAREER PATH

You may already have career related experience, but may need to develop other skills or competencies to work in the United States or transfer to experiences in your home country.

  • Continuing to develop strengths will improve your applications
  • Seeking experiences outside of academics will increase your marketability
ACTION STEPS
  • Consult with UNL Graduate Studies for resources on both academic and non-academic career options.
  • Develop resume or curriculum vitae (CV), cover letter, and other application materials focused on your target audience: graduate program, academic employer, industry employer
  • Get involved in professional organizations
  • Seek experiences outside of academics through student organizations and community involvement
  • Register for Husker Hire Link and attend career fairs
  • Research organizations who may be more inclined to hire international students with graduate degrees
  • Seek internships or part-time jobs related to goals; apply for OPT or Academic Training as needed
  • Participate in mock interviews