Career timeline

What to do and when - SNRE Career Timeline

Plan for a 2 year MS student

(If you are a dual degree student or MLA student, you can use this timeline as well. During your 1st and 2nd year of study, refer to the 1st year of this timeline. During your 3rd year of study, refer to the 2nd year of this timeline.)

  • Please note that this is a suggested career timeline.
  • Each student is different and should use this document as a guide.
  • To access eRecruiter hyperlinks, please login to your eRecruiter account before selecting the hyperlinks.

 

1st Year

2nd Year

September September
October October
November November
December December
January January
February February
March March
April April
Monthly Tasks
Post Graduation
Need Career Assistance?

1st Year - 1st Semester

September

October

November

  • The SNRE Resume Book deadline occurs in November. Be sure to have a default resume that is visible to employers on the eRecruiter system in order to be included in this resume book
  • 2nd year MLA Students - Attend the Job Shadowing Informational Session and submit your application
  • Did you know that each field of study at SNRE has a career specific website? Check out your Field of Study Career Page
  • Research different careers using the SNRE Career Path Resources (check out job titles, duties, requirements, and much more)
  • Review jobs/internships from your search agentresults
    • Go over these job postings and see what skills/qualifications are necessary for your dream job
    • Continue your internship search - specifically look for an internship that gives you the skills/qualifications that you will need to get hired for your dream job. SNRE Career Services Staff can suggest options for obtaining the skills necessary for you to succeed

December

  • If your summer internship will be unpaid or if you are planning to create your own internship opportunity, start working on your internship funding applications. Many applications are due in January
    • Get letters of support from your host internship organization and from faculty members
  • 2nd year MLA Students - update your portfolio for the upcoming MLA Portfolio Day (February) 
  • Get prepared for the SNRE Career Fair
    • Look over the list of participating employers and do research on these organizations
    • Be prepared to speak to the career fair employers about how your skills and experiences are a strong fit with their organization
    • Be sure to prepare questions to ask participating employers
  • Brush up on your interviewing skills before the career fair

1st year - 2nd Semester

January

February

  • Do you need to interview for your internship? SNRE Career Services Staffcan help with a mock interview
  • You are planning to do a Master's Project. Remember to discuss with your group members when your summer internship starts and ends - work to avoid any conflicts with your Master's Project Research early on
  • Remember to be communicating with other students and alumni via the SNRE LinkedIn Group and the U-M Alumni Association  LinkedIn Group
  • If you don't have a summer internship, make an appointment to see SNRE's Internship Coordinator
  • 2nd year MLA students - participate in MLA Portfolio Day

March

April

  • Update your eRecruiter profile before leaving for your internship/ Master's Project Work this summer. Example: have you changed your field of study, began a dual degree program, or are now seeking a job instead of an internship?
  • Are you still searching for a summer internship and need assistance? If so, please email snre.careers@umich.edu to set up an appointment

2nd Year - 3rd Semester

September

  • You are in the home stretch. Just 8 more months until graduation!
  • Start applying for jobs now - On average it takes SNRE Masters students 4 to 5 months to secure a job
  • Interested in exploring a leadership career with a Federal agency? Attend SNRE's Presidential Management Fellowship information session, sign up for the PMF listserv, and apply for this fellowship
  • If you did an internship, fill out the SNRE Internship Survey. This survey is used to create an internship report that will help other students decide where they might like to do an internship
  • Make sure that you have an eRecruiter Job Search Agent set up - this agent will email you jobs that are in your interest areas!
  • Talk with your faculty advisor and/or SNRE Career Services Staff about your career goals. They may know someone in the field that you can network with or possibly know someone who is looking to hire an SNRE student!

October

  • Revise your resume
    • Include summer research, volunteer activities, etc.
    • Post updated resume on eRecruiter
  • Develop a formal Job Search Plan - use our Top 10 Job Search Tips as a guide
  • Identify 3-5 employers in which you have interest
    • Set up informational interviews with contacts from these organizations to learn more about the organization and start networking/marketing yourself now!
    • Sample informational interview questions
  • Review resources available to SNRE students on the SNRE Career Services Website.
    • Did you know that you can print SNRE business cards, find important interview tips, research salary information, and much more?

November

  • The SNRE Resume Book deadline occurs in November. Be sure to have a default resume that is visible to employers on the eRecruiter system in order to be included in this resume book
  • 3rd year MLA Students - Attend the Job Shadowing Informational Session and submit your application
  • Did you know that each field of study at SNRE has a career specific website? Check out your Field of Study Career Page
  • Are you lacking any skills which are vital to your dream job? Sign up to take a course next semester that would help you gain the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace or find other avenues for skill workshops

December

  • Get prepared for the SNRE Career Fair
    • Look over the list of participating employers and do research on these organizations
    • Be prepared to speak to the career fair employers about how your skills and experiences are a strong fit with their organization
    • Be sure to prepare questions to ask participating employers
  • 3rd year MLA Students - update your portfolio for the upcoming MLA Portfolio Day (February)
  • Brush up on your interviewing skillsbefore the career fair

2nd Year - 4th Semester

January

February

March

April

  • Congrats you are almost done with school!
  • Let SNRE Career Services Staff know about your new position (employer, title, location)
    • Update your eRecruiter account (Personal, Academic and Privacy Tabs)
    • Be a mentor to incoming students using the SNRE LinkedIn Group 
    • Disable your default resume if you no longer wish to be included in SNRE resume books
  • Have your UM email forwarded to your personal email account through the UM Alumni Association
  • Are you still searching for a job and need assistance? If so, please email snre.careers@umich.edu to set up an appointment

Monthly Task List:

Post Graduation

SNRE Career Services Staff will be sending out the 6-month post graduation career survey in October. It's extremely important that you complete this survey in order for us to develop our annual job placement statistics. We hope to get 100% participation

Need Assistance?

eRecruiter help: snre.careers@umich.edu

Need a help finding a job? Email us at snre.careers@umich.edu

Lisa Yee-Litzenberg: Coordinator of Student Career Services
Room 1520 Dana Building
(734) 615-1633, yeeha@umich.edu

Need help finding an internship? Email us at snre.careers@umich.edu