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Alumni + Junior Career Connections Program

During their third year, Plan II students are encouraged to participate in the Alumni + Junior Career Connections Program, a year-long series of milestones to connect with career-related resources on campus and those who have been there before - our alumni. The goal of this program is to prepare third year Plan II students for their next steps after life on the Forty Acres with time to meet important deadlines in their senior year including preparation for their Plan II thesis project.

Career Connections Timeline 2020-2021

Getting Started: Complete the matching survey – Due Friday, October 9

 

First Milestone: Introduce yourself to your alumni mentor via HookedIn (or in some cases by email) to set-up your first meeting

  • Follow this link for more instructions on how to connect with your alumni mentor via HookedIn.
SAMPLE TEMPLATE:
Dear INSERT MENTOR NAME,
My name is INSERT NAME. I am a third-year Plan II (INSERT OTHER PURSUITS, IF DESIRED) student and your Plan II mentee. Thank you for volunteering to provide guidance and support to Plan II Juniors through the Plan II Alumni + Junior Career Connections Program.
As you know, the next milestone in the program is to conduct a 45-60-minute informational interview before Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to learning more about your career path, discussing some of my career goals, and establishing a plan for our second meeting next semester. Please let me know when you are available to meet. I know you are very busy so I also wanted to provide some details about my schedule to ensure we find a compatible date: INSERT DETAILS
I am looking forward to our conversation and appreciate your time in advance.
Sincerely,
INSERT NAME

 

Second Milestone: Conduct your FIRST MEETING with your mentor by Thanksgiving Break

  • By videoconference or phone, you will be asked to conduct an informational interview with your alumni mentor and set a goal for your second meeting next semester. Recommended goals include:
    • Conduct a Resume Review
    • Conduct a Mock Interview
    • Review Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose for Graduate or Professional School
    • Discuss Tips and Tricks of the Job Search Process
    • Practice Communicating the Value of Plan II Honors and Thesis Project

Third Milestone: Prepare for second meeting (January - March)

Plan II will connect program participants to workshops offered by Liberal Arts Career Services, Texas Career Engagement and Plan II to prepare for their fourth milestone - the second meeting. 
  • Plan II Strengths-Assessment Workshop: Thursday, February 11 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm - Virtual

    Workshop Zoom Link (live Feb 11): https://utexas.zoom.us/j/98838818886

    Ever been asked what your top strengths are and your mind goes blank? Know what your strengths are but don’t know how to articulate them? Wondering how to improve your resume, cover letter and interview stories for upcoming internship deadlines? This workshop is for you!

    Join us on Thursday February 11 from 3:00pm-4:30pm for an interactive workshop that will focus on your unique strengths and how to incorporate them into your resume, cover letter and interviewing stories. In this workshop, you will complete the CliftonStrengths Assessment, a 45-minute web-based assessment that will provide you with detailed descriptions on your top five areas of strength.

    To participate in the workshop and receive the CliftonStrengths Assessment prior to the workshop, you must sign-up by completing this form by Thursday, February 4.

    Upon completion of this workshop, you will walk away with:
    • A clearer idea of what your top areas of strength are and how to articulate these strengths clearly with examples.
    • The tools needed to incorporate your strengths into your resume, cover letter and interview stories.
    • Knowledge of your individual strengths as a leader and how you lead.
    • A game plan to continue growing these strengths and how to combat weaknesses.
  • Using your Liberal Arts Degree for the Public Good Workshop: Tuesday, February 2 | 4:00pm - Virtual
  • Job Search During a Recession Workshop: Tuesday, February 16 | 4:00pm - Virtual
  • Resume Coaching/Workshops 
    • To sign-up for 1:1 resume coaching with a Liberal Arts Career Services' Career Coach, please follow this link.
    • Listen to pre-recorded webinars here.
  • Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement Coaching
  • Communicating the Value of Your Plan II Degree Panel with Plan II Alumni - Thursday, February 25 | 5-6:30pm
    • "What is Plan II?" The question that has haunted you for as long as you have been signed on to the Plan II major. Prof. Paul Navratil, a Plan II alumnus and UT professor, will facilitate a presentation and alumni panel on this mysterious question. Whether your future plans take you into the job market or graduate school, your Plan II degree will be an asset in your application portfolio and career toolkit that distinguishes you from the crowd and empowers you to speak to a broad range of experiences beyond any traditional major. In this event, a diverse assembly of Plan II graduates will describe their experiences from both sides of the interview desk to give you ideas and models for how to market your own Plan II experience. You will also receive an action plan to help you shape your story in partnership with your mentors and resource network.
    • More details coming soon

Fourth Milestone: Conduct your SECOND MEETING with your mentor by Spring Break

  • By videoconference or phone, you will be asked to discuss your career goal as decided during your first meeting.

Fifth Milestone: Continue to connect with your alumni mentor informally

  • We recommend sending a thank you note to your alumni mentor following your second meeting. After your second meeting, you can continue to engage with your alumni mentor or forge other connections via HookedIn with other Plan II alumni.

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    Austin, Texas, 78712-1250
    512-471-1442