Start your career journey with Career Coach

The Career Coach app has goals you can work on with activities that grow lifelong skills. This lesson organizes the activities from the app into a series you can follow step-by-step.

In this lesson, your goal is to start your career journey. Complete all the activity steps to grow real-world skills and reach your goal. To focus on a specific skill, you can work on one or more of the activities.

If you're new to Career Coach, visit the quick start guide

Notes: For this lesson, you'll need:

  • A mobile device or computer

  • Microsoft Teams

  • Career Coach

  • LinkedIn

  • A journal you can customize to track what you discover and learn from the activities below (optional)

With the activities for this goal, you will: 

Learn how to search for open opportunities on LinkedIn. Identify career goals. Learn personal skills to use in your career. Identify your skills. Identify careers that align with your skills. Identify alumni to connect with. Learn how to practice telling your professional story.

Get started on your career journey

  1. Learn Watch the LinkedIn Learning course on the career journeys of world leaders.

  2. Reflect Choose a piece of advice that inspired you. How can you use that advice to achieve your career goals, such as getting into graduate school or finding a  meaningful career path?

    Tip: If you're using a journal, write down your career goals. Use the journal to track other ideas for the steps that follow. 

  3. Open Career Coach. Select Profile. Select Skills Explorer. Upload your resume or transcript. Review your skills on the Profile page under My skills. Delete any you don’t want in your  profile. Choose Connect my LinkedIn account. Select Careers. Review careers. Save any that interest you. Save skills you want to learn from the careers you save.

  4. Go to LinkedIn. Select Jobs. Search by the careers and skills you identified with Career Coach. Under Experience Level, select Internships. Choose Show results. Save jobs and internships that interest you.  

  5. OpenCareer Coach. Select People. Review alumni who share your field of study. Choose one and explore their profile. Focus on their real-world experiences. Select Dashboard. Find real-world experiences that are similar. 

  6. Go to LinkedIn. Send three invites to alumni to start building your network. Add your field of study and expected graduation date

  7. Learn Watch the LinkedIn Learning course on managing your career during economic downturns.

    Note: This course has exercises you can work on to grow your skills. 

  8. Reflect How could you use the strategies from the course to manage different career challenges, such as discovering your career path, growing your skills, or planning for a recession in your industry?

  9. Learn Watch the LinkedIn Learning course on creating a personal pitch.

    Note: This course has exercises you can work on to grow your skills. 

  10. Reflect What are your skills and experiences? What is your background and backstory? How can you summarize these to create your personal pitch?Revisit the framework overview if you need help.

  11. Share Partner with a peer in person or on Teams. Take turns practicing your personal pitch. Was the pitch engaging? Would it start a conversation? Does your peer make a connection between their skills, experiences, background, and backstory? Give each other feedback on these points. Use the feedback you get to improve your pitch.  

  12. Get advice Have career services or your faculty advisor review your field of study and career interests. Ask if your field of study aligns with your interests. Ask what courses could be helpful and what opportunities they recommend to gain real-world experience, such as co-ops and volunteering.

Well done! What's the next step in your career journey?

Goals and activities from Career Coach:

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