Career Planning

Career Services & Professional Development offers services to you from your first day on campus until your last. No matter what your year in school, it is important to have the right tools and knowledge to help you make the most of your Miami experience as you move from College to Career. This guide will help you navigate the career planning process and contribute to your success at Miami University and beyond.

Career Planning Suggestions

College is a time to explore who you are, what you are interested in and what you want to pursue when you graduate. Your time on the Miami University Regionals Campuses will provide you with many opportunities to learn, explore, and grow through experiences inside and outside the classroom.

As you begin your journey, now is the time to think about what you are interested in learning, doing, and experiencing, and how making the most of your college experience further prepares you for your future. It is important to start connecting what you are learning and doing while in college to your career plans, acknowledging the development of skills that will prepare you for your future pursuits.

The following provides a basic outline for career-related activities for students seeking a degree on Miami University’s Regionals Campuses. However, it is not meant to be a “blueprint” for everyone, just a guideline to assist you in the coming years, while you are pursuing your career plan objectives. It is okay for students to change majors or career plans during college; however, this could certainly impact the manner in which your career plans are implemented.

Career Readiness Tips & Suggested Action Checklists

Use these suggestions for choosing and affirming a career path, and preparing for your job search.


  • Start to think about what you are interested in learning, doing, and experiencing while at Miami University, to prepare you for your future career and other pursuits upon graduation.
  • Make a tentative selection of a major field of study.
  • Explore majors. Schedule an appointment with an advisor from Academic Advising, enroll in EDL 100 “Career Development for the College Student,” or meet with members of academic departments.
  • Take FOCUS 2 or other career assessments to identify occupations that match your interests, skills, values, personality and potential majors. Check out FOCUS 2 Career, an online free tool for career decision making. Note: redhawks is the access code.
  • Familiarize yourself with Career Services & Professional Development in 122 Rentschler Hall, MUH and 105 Johnston Hall, MUM. 
  • Explore careers. Utilize career planning tools on this site.
  • Seek career advice from faculty, staff, advisors, and friends. Learn how to meet and get to know faculty and staff. It’s never to early to begin networking.

Action Checklist

  • I have considered what is important to me in my career and life.
  • I recognize I am my own best resource in my career & life planning process, but I have identified resources to aid in my development.
  • I have identified my strongest abilities and skills.
  • I have identified the personal values that are important as I make a major and career decisions.
  • I have identified my interests.
  • I can articulate experiences and achievements that clarify a pattern of interests and abilities that are relevant to my major and career.

Knowledge of Employers and Careers

  • Schedule an appointment with Career Services & Professional Development.
  • Connect with the Center for Career Exploration & Success (Oxford) through Handshake.
  • Explore the Regional and Oxford career websites for additional career resources and job information.
  • Declare a major that is complimentary to your career field.
  • Begin to work on your initial resume and cover letter. For assistance, visit Career Services & Professional Development at (MUH) 122 REN and (MUM) 105 JHN.
  • Participate in volunteer activities, contact (MUM) Office of Community Engagement & Service, Verity Lodge, 513.727.3339 or (MUH) Center for Civic Engagement, Mosler Hall, 105, 513.785.3005.
  • Join student organizations to help build communication, teamwork and critical thinking.
  • Begin thinking about gaining professional experience. Plan on doing a co-op or internship. Visit: (MUH) 122 REN and (MUM) 105 JHN.
  • Attend the Fall Career Fair (September) and Spring Internship & Career Expo (Spring ICE - February) on the Oxford Campus; and Job Fair on the Hamilton Campus (spring).
  • Attend a workshop or information session about majors, careers, and service.
  • Learn more about various occupations, including future trends, by searching the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
  • Solicit ideas and feedback from advisors, counselors, mentors, faculty, administrators, parents, and former employers. These individuals can be good sources for identifying career options.
  • Consider how friendships with fellow students through studying, projects, and extra-curricular activities/organizations can be influential in helping you to better define your career preferences.

Action Checklist

  • I have decided on a career field and have declared a major that is complimentary.
  • I have written an effective resume for gaining an internship or co-op.
  • I have participated in internships, extracurricular, work, and volunteer activities that relate to my chosen career.
  • I have started to develop a broad list of industries, job titles, and employers to research.
  • I have begun to focus my career choice and I am researching this field using a variety of current career/employer information.
  • I have identified employers, faculty, alumni, or others to interview who are relevant to my career field.
  • I have conducted more than one informational interview in the career field I am considering.

Knowledge of Job Search Strategies

  • Acknowledge your well-defined career objective, which focuses your job search on particular organizations and employers.
  • Regularly explore the Regional and Oxford career websites for additional career resources and job information.
  • Create/Edit a professional resume and cover letter. For assistance, visit Career Services & Professional Development at (MUH) 122 REN and (MUM) 105 JHN, or schedule an appointment with us.
  • Develop good rapport with faculty, administrators, and supervisors for positive references.
  • Contact Career Services & Professional Development staff for interview help and to learn more about conducting a job search. Conduct a mock interview utilizing the Optimal Resume site.
  • Learn the importance of a thank you note, and how to write one effectively; as well as how to professionally follow-up after an interview.
  • Create a professional and effective Elevator Pitch, an extremely effective tool that can be utilized at a Career Fair, in your cover letter, and during an interview.
  • Continue to attend the Fall Career Fair (September) and Spring Internship & Career Expo (February) on the Oxford Campus; and Job Fair on the Hamilton Campus (spring).
  • Satisfy all graduation requirements.
  • Create or expand your network. To learn more about the type of position(s) you are seeking, to keep abreast of current job/internship openings, and to gain introductions to people with the authority to make hiring decisions or further referrals.
  • Create a LinkedIn professional profile. Social media is important in the networking process. Make sure your profile is professional.

Action Checklist

  • I have taken advantage of the Career Services & Professional Development and / or Career Services, Oxford resources.
  • I know where to search for jobs targeted to my specific field of interest.
  • I have written an effective resume and cover letter and asked an expert for feedback.
  • I have asked individuals to serve as professional references.
  • I have prepared for job interviews and completed a mock interview.
  • I have created a professional and effective Elevator Pitch.
  • I know how to write a thank you letter.
  • I know how to follow up after a job interview.
  • I know how to network effectively.
  • I have established a professional online presence through LinkedIn and other social media.

Consider adding your OWN Action Checklist items to create YOUR Career Plan

Other Campus Resources for Career Exploration & Development

Academic Advising

Middletown, 1 Johnston Hall, 513-727-3440
Hamilton, 2nd Floor Rentschler Hall, 513-785-3129

  • Advisors can assist you in developing a plan for selecting your major and/or career

Office of Community Engagement & Service | Middletown, Verity Lodge, 513-727-3339
Center for Civic Engagement | Hamilton, 100 Wilks Conference Center, 513-785-3005

  • Staff can assist you in identifying service experiences. Service experiences are another opportunity to explore your major choices.

Review the list of Miami Majors and Minors: