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Career Passport Program: Rules of the Road

The Career Passport program involves both workshops to attend, and specific steps to achieve. Students who have their Career Passport stamped as they make progress will be eligible for prizes each year. The 16 "Destinations" are:

1) Meet with Career Services assistant director to discuss the development of your career plan and to learn appropriate career steps to achieve in your first year of college. (first year)

2) Attend workshop: Career Assessment using FOCUS2 (first year)

3) Attend workshop: Preparing a Resume that will Land the Interview (first year) 

4) Attend workshop: Writing an Effective Cover Letter (first or second year) 

5) Register with Career Services online as a pre-internship step and as a criterion for the Guaranteed Job program
st semester, sophomore year)

6) Learn about the Thomas internship program: visit Career Services, attend “Preparing for Your Internship” session, and/or attend the Student Internship Exposition at the end of each semester (sophomore and junior year)

7) Participate in job shadowing, employer tours, and employer presentations on campus (sophomore through senior years)

8) Complete an internship for credit (junior or senior year) 

9) Network: attend professional events, such as events in your field, the “Young Leaders” program, or Chamber of Commerce breakfasts or “after hours” events.
(junior and senior years) 

10) Attend workshop: Interview skills / mock interviewing (junior or senior year) 

11) Attend workshop: Finalizing Your Job Search Marketing Materials (junior or senior year)

12) Attend workshop: Professionalism – Making a Smooth Transition from Bookpacks to Briefcases (junior or senior year)

13) Establish a professional and active online presence, including a profile on LinkedIn, appropriate frequent participation on Twitter, and an updated blog, website, and/or ePortfolio with current work samples (junior and senior years) 

14) Conduct an informational interview with a professional employed in a relevant field (junior and/or senior year)

15) Attend workshop: Launching and Managing an Effective Job Search (senior year) 

16) Meet with Career Services within the last two semesters at Thomas to finalize your job search plan and review finalized job search documents (senior year) 


In addition to the numbered items, we recommend that you do the following each year:

  • Meet with Career Services once each year (in addition to the Passport “stops” noted below) and discuss topics such as career planning, resumes, cover letters, internships, and job search strategy
  • Get involved in the community, including both on- and off-campus leadership opportunities
  • Keep your ePortfolio updated with relevant artifacts each year
  • Stay on top of your academic performance, while taking time to participate in extracurricular opportunities. Graduate with a GPA that you can be proud of!
  • Attend the Thomas College Career Fair each year, and in particular, junior and senior years.


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