Timeline for Your Senior Year

Employment preparation

Summer

  • Research career options and job search resources in print or online.
  • Visit the Career Center website, check blogs and websites for materials as well as the books in the Career Center library.
  • Create a strong LinkedIn profile ; then join the Hiram College Career Center Group to find alums to Link; get career suggestions and job leads.
  • Contact your adviser or the Career Center for contacts with alums and potential employers.
  • Volunteer to gain additional experience as needed to improve your qualifications.
  • Develop a tentative job search goal and write a draft resume targeted towards that goal.
  • If you have not registered with Hiram CareerNet, our online resume and employment database, be sure to do so now. Upload your resume as soon as it is completed.

Fall

  • Schedule a Career Checkup in the Career Center to develop or discuss plans and to review your resume.
  • Read seniors@hiram regularly for announcements of coming events; add the Career Center calendar to your planner.
  • Learn to use online career planning and job search resources on the Career Center website.
  • Take the course Student Development 611, Job Search Skills, to develop your job search skills.
  • Conduct information interviews with Hiram alums or other networking contacts to develop job leads.
  • Research organizations that interest you using Internet resources.
  • Interested in business? Some organizations such as accounting firms HIRE in the early fall. Ask the Career Center for contacts.
  • Attend FutureFest  and other career events to kick off your senior year.

Spring

  • Take Student Development 611, Job Search Skills, if you missed it in the fall.
  • Continue to research job leads and organizations to add to your contact list.
  • Stay in touch with your network and keep them updated on your plans.
  • Use Hiram CareerNet to locate job leads.
  • Attend Career Fairs and professional networking events to meet recruiters. Apply promptly with a professional cover email/ letter and resume.
  • Attend interview workshops, use InterviewStream online and schedule a practice interview.
  • Select appropriate interview clothes for your profession.
  • Follow up promptly and write thank-you letters following interviews.  Repeat. 
  • Accept a job!  Breathe a sigh of relief. 

Graduate school preparation

Summer

  • Talk with your advisor for suggestions of graduate programs to explore.  Consider interdisciplinary or professional programs.
  • Research programs using the Career Center grad school resources, Peterson's Guides in the Career Center, or specialized directories for your field.
  • Network via e-mail with scholars in your area of interest for PhD programs especially.  Read journals and grad school websites for names of faculty to contact
  • Visit graduate schools and talk with admission staff.
  • Prepare for and/or take the GRE, LSAT, and/or GMAT. Check the application deadlines of the schools that interest you. Generally, all tests are taken in the summer or early fall.  Learn more about the Revised GRE!
  • Talk to professionals familiar with your area of study for different perspectives on graduate programs.

Fall

  • Schedule a Career Check Up in the Career Center to develop or discuss plans and start taking steps towards grad school.
  • Read the newsletter seniors@hiram regularly for announcements of coming events, scholarships, and deadlines.
  • Assemble a diverse list of grad programs that interest you.
  • Take the GRE, LSAT, and/or GMAT (see NOTE below).
  • Submit applications online for programs with early deadlines or very competitive programs.
  • Apply for relevant scholarships, graduate  assistantships or fellowships.
  • Write a strong personal statement; attend workshops in the Writing Center, and have faculty and the Career Center provide feedback.

Spring

  • Submit graduate school applications and applications for financial aid by deadlines.
  • Visit schools to make final decisions.
  • Accept a graduate school admission offer!

GRE, GMAT, LSAT testing, Miller Analogies Test, MCAT

The GRE General and GMAT tests for graduate school are given on computer only at Prometrix Testing Centers. Most graduate programs only require the GRE general test. Read admissions requirements for the programs that interest you to be sure you must take it.  The GRE Revised Test went into effect August 1, 2011!

The GRE subject test is required only for Ph.D. programs. It is offered only in the following disciplines: biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, literature in English, mathematics, physics, and psychology on three test dates in the year. Most candidates take the test on paper at test sites in the fall.

The GMAT is required only for M.B.A. programs. Check the website at www.mba.com/mba to make an appointment to take the test.

The LSAT is still given on paper at many nearby universities. Test dates are usually October, December, February and June.  Check carefully for the early registration deadlines!

Registration is done online from their test sites.

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