Career Planning Milestones

At Georgia College, all undergraduate students are expected to complete a set of career planning benchmarks that follow a four-year career planning model.  Known as the GC Career Planning Milestones, these benchmarks give students the opportunity to begin planning and preparing for their careers from their day at GC. Students can use the GC Career Planning Milestones Guide to keep up with career planning activities that will take you from first-year to graduation. 

The Career Center provides students with a variety of ways to complete the Career Planning Milestones.  The Career Center tracks all career activities completed through our programs and services.  View the steps below to begin getting ready for the next step on your path to success.  

How to Complete the Career Planning Milestones

  • Focus 2 Career Assessment Take this career assessment in your first semester at GC.  Use the access code "Thunder" to create an account.  All first-year students have the opportunity to review their Focus 2 results through a group session in their First Year Academic Seminar.  Transfer students and others seeking individual advising should also schedule an individual appointment with a career advisor in the Career Center.
  • Join Handshake For returning students, our new Handshake career platform will replace Career Connection. Through Handshake, students have access to over 50,000 employers and hundreds of new jobs and internships each day! Handshake also connects you to all Career Center events and career fairs.  Getting started is simple: login to Handshake using your Unify credentials! 
  • If you need a resume or are new to resume writing, attend Resume Writing for Beginners on Mondays and Thursdays in the fall and spring at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. in Lanier 140.  Then make a follow-up appointment with the Career Center or attend a Resume Review Day.
  • Schedule an appointment with a career advisor or attend a Resume Review Day for a review of your resume. 
  • Make updates to your resume and upload to Handshake.  
  • Use your updated resume information to create a LinkedIn account.
  • Use the Career Center to develop a Strategic Career Plan and complete a mock interview.  Schedule an appointment to complete a mock interview. 
  • Use InterviewStream to continue practicing your interviewing skills from your computer or laptop.
  • Attend one of our Internship Search Workshops on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. in Lanier 140 so that you can gain experience before you start your job or graduate school search.  
  • Attend one of our many career fairs to locate an internship, prepare for graduate school, or research job opportunities.
  • During your final year of college, complete a 15-minute Senior Check-In appointment or a Strategic Career Plan during a mock interview.  
  • Seniors are encouraged to complete additional resume reviews, mock interviews, and career planning activities as needed in order to fully implement their plan. 
  • Attend a career fair and a LinkedIn Meet-up to enhance your job and graduate school search strategies.
  • We also offer a variety of meet-ups focused on job, internship, and graduate school search.  

 

How to Make an Appointment

You have four different options for contacting us to make an appointment.  If you are making an appointment for a specific class assignment, please have your syllabus handy so that we can help you determine the right appointment for your particular needs.

  • Use the "Schedule an Appointment" feature on Unify and select "Career Center."
  • Email us at career.center@gcsu.edu with your specific career need along with dates and times you are available.
  • Stop by 110  Lanier Hall.
  • Call us at 478-445-5384.

Scheduling a Mock Interview

The Career Center hosts several Mock Interview Days which are listed in our calendar each fall and spring semester.

Signing up for Mock Interviews with a Career Advisor.  We offer several specific Mock Interview Days listed on our calendar.  To participate, go to Unify and select "Schedule an Appointment" and "Career Center."  You will select "Mock Interview - Class" to access our specific dates.  This specific option works well for those who need to complete a mock interview for class.  If one of those dates does not work for you, you can also choose "Mock Interview" for either job, internships, or graduate school.  These options work well for those who have a real interview to practice for and have a tight deadline.  If you are preparing for a specific opportunity, please make sure you include that information in the notes section of the appointment so that the advisor can prepare ahead of time.  If you have issues getting the date you want in Unify, please contact us.

Signing up for a Mock Interview with an Employer or Alumni Volunteer.  The Career Center also schedules a few days each semester where employer or alumni volunteers take time away from their busy schedules to help students improve their interview skills.  These interviews are scheduled through the Campus Interview schedule in Handshake.  To get started, follow the instructions below:

  • Make sure you have activated your Handshake account with your Unify credentials. 
  • Once you have an account, you can access the On Campus Interview schedule on Handshake.  Click on the Mock Interview Date that corresponds with your needs.  When you choose "apply," it will ask you to upload a resume if you have not already uploaded one.
  • The Career Center staff reviews student resumes as they are uploaded.  If you get an email from us with some feedback, make some changes and upload your new resume.
  • We'll contact you a few days before the interview so you know which employer or alumni volunteers you are meeting with if it was not clear when you selected your time.
  • Having issues?  We can also sign up for you on Handshake.  Just drop by, call, or send us an email so we can help you.

Preparing for Your Mock Interview.  While we want you to take the experience seriously, we also want you to know that no one expects you to be perfect.  To get the most out of the experience and to ease your nerves, you may want to prepare in the following ways.  

  • Iron your dress shirt and dig out your nice black, blue, gray, or other neutral colored pants or skirt.  A blazer, tie, and nice dress shoes add that extra professionalism you'll need in the real thing.  If you don't have your entire professional wardrobe, that's okay.  During your mock interview, we are glad to answer any questions you have about professional attire and provide advise on the best places to shop on a budget. 
  • Take some time to think about your most immediate career goal (internship, full-time job, graduate school, graduate assistantship, summer job, part-time job, scholarship, etc.).  In any interview, you want to be able to clearly articulate why you have chosen that particular goal and the strengths and experiences you have that will make you successful.  We recommend thinking about past successes and failures you can use for a variety of examples.  
  • Practice your answer to the popular "Tell me about yourself" question.  What makes you interested in your particular goal?  What skills and experiences do you bring to the table?  What could you say that would set the tone of the interview in a positive way?
  • Plan to arrive about 10 minutes early. 
  • Take a deep breath and relax.  It's just practice, and there are no right or wrong answers.  We look forward to seeing you!

Imagine you just got a call for a job, internship, or graduate school interview.  You want to practice with a mock interview, and we have you covered.  

  • To meet with a career advisor, go to Unify and select "Schedule an Appointment" and "Career Center." 
  • To participate in one of our Employer or Alumni Mock Interview Days, use Handshake.  We can also help you schedule a time over the phone, via email, or in person. 
  • You can also call, visit, or email us to let us know what you are interviewing for along with your preferred dates and times.  We will do our best to accommodate you.
  • If we're completely booked, you can still use InterviewStream online to practice over 1,000 interview questions.