Junior Year: A Year of Investigation

Test out your interests by gaining experience beyond the classroom.

Expand Your Academic Knowledge

  1. Work closely with your faculty advisors to review your remaining academic requirements to complete your major(s).
  2. Discuss your career aspirations with your faculty advisor. 

Refine Your Career Interests and Acquire Professional Skills

  1. Continue to explore career fields and identify preferred network settings.
  2. Conduct informational interviews or shadow professionals in your field of interest.
  3. Seek out on-campus work study positions or off-campus work study positions that tie to your career interests and/or will help you develop skills in your career field of interest. Contact the work coordinator in Financial Aid to discuss your interests and available work-study options.
  4. Hold a leadership position on a committee or in a student organization (i.e. music, athletics, service, SAC, etc.).
  5. Engage in applied learning opportunities through internships, undergraduate research, local volunteer service, and/or study abroad.

Prepare for the World of Work

  1. Investigate employment opportunities in your field of interest and/or post-grad full-time volunteer service opportunities.

Prepare for the World of Graduate School

  1. Identify potential graduate or professional schools and post-grad fellowship and scholarship opportunities.


 If you plan to enter the job market, organize your next steps:

  1. Become familiar with the Career Center internship and job search resources. 
  2. View CareerSpot videos on job search, networking, interviewing, etc.
  3. Begin creating a network of alums, family, and friends to assist in your internship/job search.
  4. Tailor your resume for each job application and have it critiqued by a Career Counselor.
  5. Update your personal profile on Luther's CareerConnection portal. Scan CareerConnection and the Career News & Notes weekly email for employment opportunities.
  6. Update your LinkedIn page.
  7. Attend the Fall Career Fair and Spring Career Fair and view the video "Career Fair Success."
  8. Utilize the On-Campus Recruiting Program and events hosted by the Iowa College Recruiting Network (ICoRN).

Graduate/Professional School

  1. Meet with a Career Counselor and faculty member/advisor to discuss your interest in graduate school.
  2. Become familiar with Career Center graduate school resources.
    1. Career Guide - Attending Graduate School (PDF).
    2. Read article, "To Go or Not to Go" (PDF).
  3. Attend the Considering Graduate School workshop. See calendar for upcoming workshops.
  4. Attend the Fall Graduate/Professional School Fair.
  5. Develop a list of potential schools and make plans to visit them.
  6. Register for Graduate School admissions tests by the programs you are considering (GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.).
  7. Begin writing your personal statement and completing graduate school applications and have them reviewed by a Career Counselor and your Faculty Advisor.