Senior Year: A Year of Decision-Making

Prepare for life after Luther.

Complete Academic Requirements

  1. Complete your senior research project/paper.
  2. Confirm your remaining degree requirements, early.

Gain Career-Related Experience and Develop Your Professional Identity

  1. Join professional associations in your career field.
  2. Attend and present at conferences or events.
  3. Obtain career-related experience through a part-time job, internship, or research experience.

Finalize graduate and professional school plans or implement your job search plan and secure a position.

Finalize Your Graduate and Professional School Search Plan

  1. Create a final list of graduate programs.
  2. Register and complete graduate admissions exams.
  3. Participate in a Graduate School Mock Interview.
  4. Complete graduate school application forms.
    1. Retain and obtain faculty recommendations.
    2. Complete personal statements and admissions essays.
    3. Apply for graduate assistantships and financial aid.
  5. Once accepted, send in your deposit and notify other schools of your decision.
  6. Attend the "Grad Finale" in the Union in April to complete the Post-Graduate Plans Survey and to pick up your cap and gown!

Finalize Your Job Search Plan

  1. Research companies and organizations and the opportunities they offer.
  2. Write letters of inquiry to prospective employers, send follow-up letters, and make phone calls.
  3. Utilize your job search network of alums, family, and friends.
    1. Search for alums via the LinkedIn Luther College Career Network, and/or
    2. Search for alums via the LinkedIn Luther College page and email them using the alumni directory.
  4. Update your personal profile on Luther's CareerConnection portal. Actively review CareerConnection for employment opportunities.
  5. Invest a little time each day to your job search. A productive job search may take as much time as a four-credit class.
  6. Participate in:
    1. Fall Career Fair and Spring Career Fair
    2. On-campus recruiting
    3. ICoRN events
  7. Professionalize your résumé for post-graduate plans. Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to have your resume and cover letter critiqued, tailoring it to every position.
  8. Practice your interviewing skills.
    1. Review Career Guide - The Art of Interviewing (PDF).
    2. View job search and interview videos and prepare your 30-second introduction for networking situations.
    3. Schedule a mock interview.
  9. Attend the "Grad Finale" in the Union to complete the Post-Graduate Plans Survey and to pick up your cap and gown!