Schedule a one-on-one appointment with an upperclassman or professional staff member
to check in on how your third year is going and make a plan for the future.
You may know all the ins and outs of USC by the time you get to your third year, but
the SSC still pulled together a list of things you should consider. From doing things
on campus to developing a plan for the future. Use this list as a base to make your
Do you think more school may in your future after you complete your undergraduate
degree? Many students choose to go onto graduate school, law school, or some sort
of health school (medical school, dental school, optometry school, veterinarian school).
The Office of Pre-Professional Advising is ready to help and advise you on this process! If you have not yet had a one on
one appointment with them, be sure to do so this year!
No idea WHAT you want to do after college? That is fine– don't stress yet! Take some
time to chat with the Career Center. Many people associate them with resumes and job search, but they actually can help
you narrow down potential careers based on your interest. They have a variety of assessments
that you can try out that may point you in a career direction based on you interests.
Make an appointment to chat with them about that!
Many students may not be ready to go into graduate school or start the career of their
dreams right after college. There are a few alternatives. Participating in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or other service opportunities may be something to explore.
Employers are looking for potential employees who have had a well-rounded experience
in college. Take time this year to build up your resume a little more so that you
have examples to share in job interviews. Start looking for internships EARLY. Meet
with the Office of Undergraduate Research and learn how to get connected to a research project, get involved in student organizations
and take on a leadership position, go through with that study abroad idea. All of
these things will help you stand out in the job market.
Take the time to have a one-on-one appointment with the Career Center. Have them review your resume and set up a mock interview with them– it is so helpful
to practice befrore you do a real one! Attend a Career/Internship Fair and apply for
those internships EARLY. Don't be disappointed when you don't get the first one you
apply for but keeping at it!
Make sure you have an updated LinkedIn profile and talk to the Career Center about
how to use it effectively. Also be sure to set up a Handshake account with the USC
Career Center. All companies that gain access to this service are reviewed by the
Career Center to verify their business.
Junior year is a great time to dive more into your academic home. Get involved with
a student organization that is related to your major. Take the time to go to guest
lectures or volunteer for events offered by your home academic unit. These vary per
academic unit but are worth looking into!
Building your network and getting to know your faculty and the staff that work at
the university can be very helpful in the last two years of college. Faculty and staff
can help connect you to alumni, provide tips on internships or job opportunities,
serve as a reference, write letters of recommendation and be a mentor. Take time to
invest in these professional relationships! Go to office hours, ask questions in class,
use the Out-to-Lunch program in the Student Success Center, or participate in a Mutual Expectations workshop.
The Student Success Center offers free tutoring and support for many courses. If you
need help in a course and it is not listed, ask the Student Success Center! They may
be able to find someone to help in that course. Take the time to have a one-on-one
Money Management consultation. You can chat about how to plan to pay back your student
loans after college, how to make a budget, and more!
Workshops and Events
Thursday, February 9 @ 5 PM | Virtual
Are you thinking of graduate school, law school, medical school, or other health schools
after graduation? You need to get connected with OPPA! Join this helpful workshop
to learn more about what you should be doing in your third year! This is a FREE event.
Trying to save money at the store? Track your travel points? Manage your time better?
Track what you are reading? There is an app for that! This workshop will share apps
and technology that can help with college and beyond! This is a FREE event.