Junior Year: A Year of Investigation

Test out your interests by gaining experience beyond the classroom.

  1. Investigate employment, graduate/professional school, fellowship and scholarship and/or volunteer service options that fit your interests.
  2. Discuss your options with your Faculty Advisor.
  3. Get professional experience through an internship, research, or other experiences.
  4. Update your LinkedIn and Luther CareerConnection portal profile.
  5. Polish your resume (download the Writing Your Resume guide).


If you plan to enter the job market you will begin searching for an internship or part-time job related to your career interests. The Career Center can assist you as you make your decisions and begin to finalize your plans. To organize your next steps:

  1. Meet with a Career Counselor to learn about internships and gaining career related experience.
  2. Attend internships, job search, and interviewing technique workshops (see events calendar for upcoming events).
  3. View CareerSpot videos to gain information on starting your job search, networking, interviewing, etc.
  4. 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.
  5. Begin creating a network of alums, family and friends to assist you in your internship/job search.
  6. Shadow or conduct informational interviews with professionals in your field of interest.
  7. Become familiar with Career Center internship and job search resources.
  8. Revise your resume and have it critiqued by a Career Counselor.
  9. Update your personal profile on Luther’s CareerConnection portal and search for employment opportunities.
  10. Update your LinkedIn page.
  11. Attend the Fall Career Fair and Spring Career Fair and view the video “Career Fair Success.”
  12. Utilize the On-Campus Recruiting Program and events hosted by the Iowa College Recruiting Network (ICoRN).

Graduate/Professional School

If graduate school is in your future, you will begin researching graduate school programs and begin making choices about where you will apply. The Career Center can assist you as you make your decisions and begin to finalize your plans. To organize your next steps:

  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. Application Timeline
    3. 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, perhaps during fall break.
  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.
  8. Investigate scholarships and fellowships.
  9. Hold a leadership position in a campus organization or serve on a committee.
  10. Explore community service activities.