Career planning and readiness

Career Services provides a wide variety of services and resources to assist Wayne State students and alumni in career planning and readiness endeavors. It is our goal to assist individuals and groups with the career exploration process as it relates to career readiness, including career options, academic preparation, occupational research, decision-making, goal setting, and implementation.

What is Career planning? 

Career planning is a process of planning career choices, establishing career objectives, and deciding on education and development to improve the skills required to achieve your career objectives. It includes short- and long-term career goals and the actions you can take to achieve them. Career planning can help you make decisions about what classes to take, and identify the extracurricular activities, research, and internships that will make you a strong candidate for the jobs that interest you. 

When in the career planning process, different career options should be explored in detail to find a fit between your abilities and available career opportunities. Career planning involves continuous learning and improvement to build and grow as a worker and to manage your career.

We are here to help — set up an appointment with a Career Counselor to get started or review your plan.

Career Services 4 -Year Career Readiness Plan 

WSU undergraduate students can use Career Services 4 -Year Career Readiness Plan to get career-ready by graduation. You can start anytime, but it's best to work on your career planning and readiness early and often. Career counselors and advisors at Career Services are ready to work with you! Make an appointment using Handshake

What is career readiness?

Career readiness is a foundation that demonstrates requisite core competencies which broadly prepare the college-educated for success in the workplace and lifelong career management. For new college graduates, career readiness is key to ensuring successful entrance into the workforce. Career readiness is the foundation upon which a successful career is launched.

Career Readiness Resources

Along with the self-guided career course, career video channel, planning tools, and competency breakdown on the left, the following resources can help you stay on track with determining a major, discovering and exploring careers, and understanding career competencies and skills.

Career Coach by Lightcast

Career Coach is comprehensive labor market data to help students find careers that match their strengths—and discover programs at your college that will prepare them for success. Take a career assessment, browse careers, explore WSU majors, and build a resume.

Career Competency Development

There are 8 Career Readiness Competencies that help employers understand if you are prepared for the workplace. Being able to understand and articulate these competencies is key.