Career Advantage

Career Advantage

Your 4-Year Action Plan For A Rewarding Career

Cal U's Career Advantage Program is an exceptional, one-of-a-kind opportunity to realize your personal potential. It's a four-year plan to help you discover the college career path that's the perfect fit for your skills, talents and interests. You will:

  • Identify your skills, interests and values.
  • Choose a college major.
  • Explore your best career options.
  • Gain job experience while in school through internships and the University's Cooperative Education (co-op) program.
  • Prepare for your job search and/or graduate school by developing an effective resume, personal brand and networking/interviewing skills.
  • Connect with employers looking to hire California University graduates.

View the Career Advantage Road Map.

When is a good time to begin developing a Career Advantage?

Right now! Students who start freshman year - or earlier - and who actively participate in Career Advantage activities save time and money by choosing a major that is a good fit in their early college years. They also graduate more prepared and confident to secure a position in their fields. But it's never too late to gain a career advantage! 

How Does Career Advantage Work?

The Cal U Career Advantage Program breaks down the three key phases of career development - explore, experience and connect - into straightforward actions for you to take each year. View the key career action items for each year below.

Freshman Year (Explore)
Sophomore Year (Explore and Experience)
  • Use the Cal U Career Network on LinkedIn to do informational interviews.
  • Develop a resume.
  • Get involved in student organizations.
  • Take the Career Readiness class.
  • Explore cooperative education (co-op).
Junior Year (Experience and Connect)
 
Senior Year (Connect)
 
  • Fine-tune your resume and upload it to Handshake.
  • Practice your skills with a practice interview.
  • Meet with your career coach to develop job search strategies or plan for graduate school.
  • Participate in on-campus interviews and information sessions.
  • Tap into your career network using the Cal U Career Network.
  • Attend job fairs and networking events.

Career Advantage Graduation Cords

Stand out at graduation with a Career Advantage certificate and the distinction of wearing Career Advantage cords. You can accrue points to earn your certificate and/or cords by participating in Career Advantage activities and reporting them using Handshake.

Get Your Career Advantage

Watch a video that explains how the Career and Professional Development Center can give you a career advantage:

Have Questions About Career Advantage?

Contact the Career and Professional Development Center.