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Second Year Experience

Office of Undergraduate Education

Major & Careers

As a second year student, there are many new decisions you have made and things you have learned about yourself over your first year at the U of M. Some of these decisions and new wisdom are likely connected to your major and/or career interests. With the newness of your first year behind you, your second year is a perfect time to dig a little deeper into what your time at the U of M will be all about, the goals you hope to achieve, and the interests and passions you'd like to live out.


Seconds typically fall into the following categories:

  • All set: I have a major declared and a career plan. Now what?
  • Major Set: Found a major but I have no idea what career it can lead to
  • Career Set: Found a career but I don’t know what majors align
  • Take 2: Had a plan but now I am revising that plan
  • Clueless: Still exploring what’s out there and my personal interests

No matter which category you fall into, there are steps you can take this year to further develop your major and career plan. Here are three key goals we encourage you to strive for during your second year:

Purpose

Declare your major, and establish or refine your career plan

Prepare

Create/prepare your resume, visit Career Services, start talking to people whose work interests you

Practice

Gain meaningful experience through internships/co-ops, engagement opportunities, UROP, learning abroad


Note - Some employers hiring for different majors hire at different times of the year.  In addition to the timeline tips here, please be sure to connect with your own Career Services Center to learn about the hiring cycle for internships and other opportunities related to your area of study.

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  • Last modified on February 15, 2016