Professional U Student Sequence

Professional U Student Sequence


Professional U is a four-year plan integrating the academic experience with professional experience and the alumni network. The following career map outlines the plan for students from freshman through senior year.

Did you know? 80 percent of all jobs are found through networking! Employers look for specific knowledge (your major) AND a broad range of competencies in employees.

First Year: Learn about your skills, interests and options

Professional U

Professional U Competencies

  • Critical thinking
  • Complex problem solving
  • Written and oral communication
  • Intercultural experience
  • Ethical judgment
  • Capacity for new and continued learning
  • Technology and information management

» Attend a Professional U workshop and learn how to create your LinkedIn profile. Be sure to include your career interests and contact information. — September to October

» Visit the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience (CPDCE) in Warren Student Services Center to take the online skills assessment FOCUS 2. Discuss the results with your advisor, parents and a career counselor in the CPDCE. — October to November.

» Create career connections by networking through your LinkedIn profile. Join the Bloomsburg University Alumni LinkedIn Group. — November to January.

» Zero in on your major and top three career fields — October to March. Learn more by:

  • Reviewing your options with your academic advisor and professors
  • Scheduling at least 3 informational interviews with BU alumni
  • Attending a major/minor fair
  • Attending the Career Connections Expo in October

» Signing up for job shadowing in your sophomore year at through Husky Career Link. — October to March.

» Participate in Professional U career and professional development workshops. Check the Professional U calendar regularly. — September to April.

» Join a campus organization and check out the Student Life Leadership Center to network and learn new skills — August to May.

» Reflect on your experiences and add to your LinkedIn profile. — December and March.

Second Year: Gain insight and perspective on the path you are considering

» Update your LinkedIn profile and connect with BU graduates through the Bloomsburg University LinkedIn group. — August.

» Make an appointment to review your career plans with your advisor — September to December. Declare your major and be sure to discuss professional experience opportunities like:

  • Job shadowing, internships, study abroad
  • Professional conferences, campus employment, graduate school
  • Volunteer service, professional certification, practicum
  • Leadership experiences, research projects

» Make an appointment with the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience to review your LinkedIn profile and schedule a mock interview. — November –March

» Schedule a job shadowing experience through Husky Career Link. — September.

» Research and schedule an internship, study abroad, job and/or volunteer experience for the winter break and/or summer. Find opportunities through Husky Career Link. Discuss your plans with your academic advisor and family. — November to March.

» Participate in Professional U career and professional development workshops. — September to April.

» Join a campus organization and check out the Center for Leadership and Engagement to network and learn new skills — August to May.

» Reflect on your experiences and update your career experiences on LinkedIn — December to March.

Third Year: Refine your goals, gain real-world experience, build your professional brand

» Update your LinkedIn profile, join LinkedIn professional groups. — August.

» Explore graduate school options, if applicable to your major. Learn details regarding professional exams/certifications — September to March.

Build your network. Join the Alumni LinkedIn group and other professional LinkedIn groups of interest. Be sure your professional brand is appropriately reflected on other social networking sites — September to May.

Make an appointment with the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience to review your resume and LinkedIn profile and further refine your interview skills — November to March.

Narrow your search and apply for an internship through Husky Career Link. Discuss your plans with your academic advisor — October to March.

» Participate in Professional U career and professional development workshops; especially the Career Connections Expo. Check the Professional U calendar regularly — September to April.

» Reflect on your experiences and update your career experiences on LinkedIn — December to March.

Fourth Year: Your full-time job is finding the job/graduate school you want!

» Update your LinkedIn profile, join LinkedIn professional groups — August.

» Update your resume and consider creating an e-portfolio. Be sure to reflect on your skills and the experiences you’ve had at BU and through your classes, internships, etc. — September to November.

» Make an appointment with the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience to develop your job search strategy and review your resume. Secure professional references and launch your search. Attend Career Connections Expo and Graduate Fair — September to February.

» Considering graduate school? Research options and complete applications — August to February.

» Leverage your network. Reach out through LinkedIn to BU graduates or professionals in your field to get advice and gain insight for your job search. Visit bloomualumni.com and attend an alumni event in your region. Don’t overlook your faculty connections — October to April.

» Participate in Professional U career and professional development workshops. Check the Professional U calendar regularly — September to April.

» Participate in Grad Finale and graduation events — December to May.

» Complete the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience placement survey and all other senior surveys — December to May.

» Congratulations! Stay in touch, stay connected and “pay it forward” at bloomualumni.com!