Career Timeline

The Russell G. Weigand Center for Professional Excellence (WCPE) will guide and support you through your time at Elmhurst as you explore career possibilities and launch internship and job searches.

Take advantage of our career education programs as early as your first year on campus. Here’s a year-by-year overview of the process.

  • Develop an academic plan with guidance from a faculty advisor. Schedule an appointment with a career coach who can help you explore careers and identify your skills and strengths.
  • Register and create a profile on PathwayU to discover how your personality, values, interests, and workplace preferences guide you to potential careers. This also connects to our own Handshake platform as well as Indeed for when you are ready to apply to internships and jobs.
  • Register for CPP 299 Professional Foundations of Career Development.
  • Attend a Career Fair to network and gain insights into careers of interest.
  • Participate in the First Leap program.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile.
  • Begin a targeted job search campaign and keep a log of job search activity. If you haven’t done so, meet with a staff member to develop an employment search strategy.
  • Attend on-campus information sessions and interview opportunities at Elmhurst and nearby colleges.
  • Update your résumé and online profile at Handshake.
  • If you haven’t yet had an internship, check one out. If you have, consider a second internship.
  • Enroll in CPP 399 Professional Career Preparation (if you haven’t already) to earn academic credit and learn valuable career skills.
  • If you haven’t signed up for the Mentoring Program, it’s not too late.
  • Attend WCPE programs on professional development.
  • Apply for the College Career Consortium of Illinois Fall Interview Day for internships and full-time employment.
  • Attend the College Career Consortium of Illinois CareerFest and Elmhurst University Career Fair, and check out other job fairs for internship and full-time job opportunities.
  • Take any necessary graduate school admission tests you haven’t already taken such as the GRE, LSAT or GMAT. Apply to graduate programs.
  • Participate in a mock interviewing event or one-on-one with a career coach, to develop interviewing skills.
  • Create/update your LinkedIn profile.

Questions? Contact the WCPE. We look forward to helping you reach your goals.

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