SophoMORE experience: 10 tips for your second year

Congratulations! You’ve finished your first year of college. Although you have effectively conquered your freshman year, your second year is an equally important time in your professional development. Use these tips during the upcoming academic year to ensure success.

1. If you have not done so already, confirm you major and career goals.

There are simple things you can do to discover your passion. Complete a career inventory to identify the top occupations that coincide with your interests. Speak with or shadow professionals in the occupations you are considering. If you have any hesitancy about your goals, now is the time to seek assistance. Stop by your campus career center for additional information.

2. Meet with your advisor to map out your plan of study.

This will help you identify if it is possible to study abroad, double major or minor in another area of interest. Choose elective courses to enhance your skills and increase your marketability.

3. Pursue academic excellence.

More than three out of four respondents to a Job Outlook Survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers reported that they screen candidates by grade point average (GPA). Jump-start the new school year by visiting with your academic advisor or the academic success center on your campus. These learning specialists can help you develop effective study skills that will improve your efficiency, time management and retention of information.


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By Junior Holguin
Junior Holguin Peer Career Advisor Junior Holguin