Career Action Plan

Career Action Plan



Career Plan






First Year/30 credits

By the end of your first year, you should make a purposeful selection of a major.

Students should be able to:

1.1 Describe personal preferences, strengths, interests, values
1.2 Describe career opportunities from the major, in the home region
1.3 Declare a major and have a nine-semester MAP

What You Can Do

Self Assessment

**FOCUS 2: Students can register and complete on their own, get results immediately.  A quick and easy assessment of personality, interests, values, and skills, and personalizes the results to career options. Review results with a career manager or academic advisor if desired. Career Services offers a workshop for group interpretations .

Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): Available through Career Services. A high quality personality assessment which is interpreted in terms of career options. Most effective if taken and reviewed with a trained career manager or academic advisor.  Career Services offers a workshop for group interpretations.

Strong Interest Inventory: Available through Career Services. Based on Dr. John Holland’s vocational psychology, this assessment provides students with a three letter Holland occupation code, which is widely used for job classifications.  Must be reviewed with a trained career manager or academic advisor.  Career Services offers a workshop for group interpretations.

Sign up for a course - ST DEV 102: a 1-credit hour course which can be taken online or face to face, half a semester or semester long.  A step by step career development course.  Students will make confident choices in a major & career as a result of this course.


What Can I Do With This Major? Great resource which outlines potential career paths from a diversity of majors. Provided by the Univ. of Tenn.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics provides information which describes in detail the nature of work, educational requirements, pay, job outlook, and related occupations. 

O*NET: Search occupations using the three letter occupational code.

Conduct an Informational Interview: Explore career paths by interviewing two professionals in career paths in which the students are interested.  Find someone in their home network, or visiting employers at on-campus events such as Career Fair.  

Do a Job Shadow: Spend a few hours on the job with a professional in a career a student likes.

BYU-Hawaii majors: Lists all majors, minors, & certificates.

Declare a Major: Students have officially declared their major when they have met with their academic advisor and created a nine-semester MAP. See Resources Academic Advising information. 

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Second Year/60 credits

By the end of the second year, you should prepare for an internship opportunity, by:

2.1 Creating a professional resume
2.2 Expressing a personal, professional introduction and/or completing a practice interview
2.3 Identifying an experiential learning (internship) opportunity

What You Can Do

Oral and Written Professional Communication

Resumes: There are many resources for resumes online by simply searching the internet. Career Services also offers a resume workshop for groups. Students may have their resumes reviewed by a career advisor.

Interviewing: There are many resources for interviewing online by simply searching the internet. Career Services also offers an interview workshop for groups. Students may schedule a practice interview with a career advisor.

Interview Stream: Students log in with their CES netID and password.  They can choose from thousands of interview questions, record their answers via webcam, and evaluate their own performance. handouts: Interview Techniques, Me in 30 Seconds, Presenting Your Skills, Writing a Resume, Written Communication, and Working a Job Fair.

Experiential Learning (Internship)

Internships: The website answers most questions about qualifications and requirements to complete an internship for academic credit. Students may meet with a career manager for personalized assistance or to simply get answers to questions.

Career Bulletin: A Career Bulletin is sent out via e-mail every week by Wednesday and it typically includes information about internships, on-campus recruiting events, and information sessions.  This is a great resource for finding an internship. Sign up for the Career Bulletin.

Academic Department Coordinator: Every academic department at BYU-Hawaii has a member who is the designated internship coordinator.  They can provide direction and often have direct ties to internship opportunities.

YCareers: Our preferred employers will list internship and full-time opportunities in our on- campus job board.  Make sure to have a professional resume approved and uploaded in order to take advantage of opportunities which arise.

On-Campus Events: Almost every month an employer/provider is on our campus recruiting students for internships and employment.  Get connected with real opportunities. 

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Third Year/90 credits

By the end of the third year, you should have a job offer or admittance to graduate school, by

3.1 Being actively engaged in a personal network
3.2 Creating Job Search Plan or Graduate School Plan

What You Can Do

Graduation: Students need to meet with their academic advisors in order to apply for graduation. Students should apply approximately 9 months prior to graduation.  

Job Search: Create your job search plan.  Get a mentor or work with a Career Services manager.  Your job search should begin at the same time as your gradation application (9 months prior to graduation). Career Services offers a Job Search workshop for groups.

Networking: Identify individuals who can help you make professional connections. This can be people you know, people in your industry (professional associations), or other professional networks.
Career Connect: These are networking excursion to a various U.S. and international citations.  Career Services arranges a series of information sessionts, tours, and meetings with various companies.  You get the opportunity to connect with employers, alumni, and industry professionals. Learn how to prepare and apply for internships and job opportunities, and gain insight into current market conditions. For juniors and seniors. You pay a participation fee your meals and we'll cover the rest!

Industry/Company information: Start researching industries and specific companies in the geographic area in which you plan to live. - GOING GLOBAL

Professional Mentoring: Get connected with a professional mentor in their field.  Alumni Services will help connect you with a mentor in your professional industry and possibly from your home area. See Alumni Services for details on the mentoring program.

Graduate School: Career Services provides advising for students planning to attend graduate school.  To be worth your time and money, you should be able to articulate a defined career outcome as a result of the degree you will seek (i.e., earn a CPA, be a licensed social worker).  Having work experience first is highly recommended for most programs. Prayerfully consider your career options. Experience and developed skills are what what employers seek.