Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Fordham Futures By Semester

Fordham Futures is a career planning and professional development program focused on awareness, preparation, and presentation that encourages and challenges students to embrace the world with a restless curiosity in their everyday life, always with an understanding of the importance that experiences play in the life of the heart and mind.

Fordham Futures sit at the crossroads of academic learning and professional life where every student’s education is anchored in a ‘core curriculum’ that inspires and celebrates the liberal arts of listening, thinking, speaking, writing, reading, reflecting, measuring, calculating, estimating, and dreaming.

Fordham Futures will accompany you during this exciting phase of your career development. Professional growth is an ongoing process and we look forward to working with you as your vocational interests, skills and values evolve.

Eight Semesters of Exploration
Fall Freshman Year
Spring Freshman Year
Fall Sophomore Year
Spring Sophomore Year
Fall Junior Year
Spring Junior Year
Fall Senior Year
Spring Senior Year

Fall Freshman Year
Core courses introduce students to the kind of thinking that inspires critical analysis, cognitive curiosity, and eloquent presentation. As students participate in the ‘core’ experience, they are constructing an academic framework for their entire education, as well as, developing intellectual passions, questions, and interests that will last them a lifetime.
  • Participation in Career Services Orientation which serves as an introduction to the services and opportunities provided by the offices of Career Services and Experiential Education.
  • Students begin to ask the questions: Who am I?  What are the keys to my success at Fordham?  What opportunities are available to me?  What is the relationship between the University and New York City?
  • Treat your career planning and exploration as if it were an eight semester course on self-awareness, self-assessment, and self-placement.  First-year students are expected to participate in academic advising with a focus on the curriculum. Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities, as well as, volunteer experiences in the community.
  • Get to know yourself, celebrate your uniqueness, ask for advice, assess what subjects you enjoy the most, activities you like to participate in, and assess your interests, values, and abilities.
  • Find the help desk at the library, the writing center, the health and counseling centers, and other sources of assistance.
  • Develop a rapport with your academic advisor and faculty outside the classroom.  Ask about majors/minors, electives, and graduate and professional school requirements.
Spring Freshman Year
Students engage a core curriculum that blends a reverence for tradition with openness to new challenges and new ways of knowing the world.  Core experiences are designed to nurture a love of learning that can better prepare students for understanding uncertainties and ambiguities.  An intrinsic part of the perspective gained through learning in a humanistic core curriculum is an acknowledgment and understanding of human beings from different historical periods, genders, sexualities, ages, religions, races, ethnicities, and cultures.
  • Participate either in an on-line tutorial or an individual career counseling appointment with a primary focus on discerning one’s future.  Begin resume and cover letter development with a reflection on what the individual would want to see on their resume at graduation.
  • Create a personal research library to assist in tracking your career ideas and activities throughout your Fordham tenure and beyond.
  • Begin to develop a career image on the web, utilizing proper e-mail protocol, contributing to professional industry specific websites, craft on-line articles related to your expertise.
  • Appropriately involve your parents, family, and friends as valuable resources in your career planning and placement activities.
  • Begin work on an Academic Plan with a special focus on graduation requirements.
  • Explore jobs that are local, national, and global, research resources describing career and employment opportunities.  Attend annual Major/Minor Exploration fairs, and all career fairs.
Fall Sophomore Year
A liberal arts education demands a spirit of inquiry that bars no question in itself and no aspect of life itself.  Fordham’s core curriculum requires the mastery and questioning of the various ways of knowing demanded by the most diverse subject matters and disciplines - an educational experience that leads to questions concerning meaning and values, and the nature and purpose of human action which includes an openness to questions of faith and transcendent.
  • Students address what will be their possible field of study.  Begin to ask the questions: What professional opportunities are available to ensure success, such as, study abroad, prestigious fellowships, spiritual retreats, student leadership experiences, and community service opportunities?
  • Review your academic plan with your advisor; assess your interest in one or more academic disciplines; and/or research a semester in the study-abroad program.
  • Attend a ‘major exploration’ workshop offered by departments, academic deans, and career services.  Participate in Sophomore Convocation with a focus on discernment and exploration.
  • Regular visits with career counselors to discuss career aspirations and assessments asking: What are my unique talents and gifts?  What inspires ormotivates me?  How do I do what I do?  And, what do I know about the world of work?
  • Look to develop a ‘google’ presence on-line by contributing to websites and posting information in professional venues and associations, review books on, create a LinkedIn profile on line.
  • Attend Major/Minor selection seminars and career fairs.  Participate in job searches, grad school searches, self-assessment, interview training, and resume development workshops.
  • Research virtual job shadowing websites:,,, and CareerVoyages.
  • Explore community service and volunteer opportunities in an effort to pursue a passion, expand your horizons, build your leadership skills, develop constant networking and resume development approach.
Spring Sophomore Year
The core experience begins as a quest for excellence in the practice of writing and speaking that leads to a quest for wisdom that transforms life for the better.  The core is designed to open up new intellectual vistas and enhance understanding of ways of knowing within the disciplines and of connections among the disciplines.
  • Select a major by the end of your sophomore year, and finalize your academic plan.  Minor in something that adds flexibility to your journey into the world of work.
  • Second-year students conduct career research, engage in service learning opportunities, and commit to campus involvement.
  • Develop the ability to speak the language of the industry or field of interest through industry publications, trade magazines, blogs by industry leaders or expert analysts, and company and industry e-newsletters.
  • Explore internship opportunities to gain critical experience; acquire business sense and industry information, develop contacts, and build resume content.
  • Learn about employers and careers of interest through informational interviews and job shadowing.  Begin to develop a network of career contacts within professional organizations in your chosen career field of interest.
  • Continue to build relationships with faculty outside the classroom, become involved in departmental activities, guest speakers, receptions, and committee work open to students.
  • Research community service and volunteer opportunities in an effort to pursue a passion as you expand your horizons.
Fall Junior Year
Since its inception, the University’s keepers of the curriculum have kept an ever-present eye on how life, in and outside of the classroom, has come together, merging the academic arenas of higher education with the transformative realities of an ever-changing world of work.  As a Jesuit university, we believe that education is equal parts action and reflection, theory and practice.  That’s why the University offers dozens of study abroad programs, hundreds of research opportunities, and thousands of internships.
  • Students intensify and expand their career planning and self-placement process working in conjunction with academic departments and academic organizations (pre-law society, psychology club, economics club, etc.)
  • Prepare a personal presentation that answers the question, “Tell me about yourself?” that is concise and confident and leaves the listener wanting to know more.
  • Develop a continuous ever-expanding awareness and understanding of what potential employers and internship site supervisors are looking for - individuals who are creative, analytical, positive, collaborative, reflective, strategic, and flexible within the realities of an interconnected global world of work.
  • Regular personal reflections are encouraged as individuals gage their progress.  What are my goals after graduation? What opportunities are available to gain pre-professional experience? What leadership roles are available within campus clubs and organizations?
  • Through a series of experiential education workshops students are challenged to be responsible for their careers as they look to balance their subjective experience with the ever-changing objective realities of the world of work.
  • In an economy where students will ‘think’ for a living, experiential education needs to cover a wide range of topics and issues in order to be effective:
    • 76 Career-Related Arts Skills
    • Career Epistemology: You Know More Than You Think You Know
    • A Question of Values: Six Ways We Make Personal Choices
    • Career Therapy: Principles of Intervention and Balance
    • Qualitative Interviewing: Positive Presentations and Performances
    • Multiple Intelligence: Gardner’s Five Minds for the Future
    • Ignatian Leadership: The Power and the Promise of Experiential Education
Spring Junior Year
It is a time for students to more fully immerse themselves in their academic major.  At this time, the University seeks to guide students in determining their professional paths.  Students are encouraged to balance their careers through a lifelong pursuit for spiritual, cognitive, emotional, and physical well-being, as they develop the qualitative and quantitative skills needed to make informed career decisions.
  • Schedule multiple career counseling appointments in an effort to integrate self-assessment and career information in a seamless approach to evaluating individual goals and outcomes.
  • Update your revised resume, cover letters, and references as your experiences and skill development expands.  Attend job search, interview, internship, grad school, and self-assessment workshops.
  • Research careers or professional schools; prepare to apply early, determine application deadlines.  Become familiar with on-campus recruiting and resume referral procedures.
  • Learn more about employers/careers of interest through informational interviewing and shadowing.  Attend Career fairs; attend job search, interview, and grad school workshops.
  • Networking is about building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships.  Networking is not about who you know it is about who knows you.  Prepare presentations for all networking experiences.  Build your network early and often, don’t wait until you need a network to make connections.
  • Junior year is a time to develop a strong understanding of your major, prepare to apply to grad school, hone your presentation and interviewing skills, develop a more global perspective, participate in conferences as a student member within your discipline, and actively participate in internships.
Fall Senior Year
Jesuit education believes in putting knowledge to work, students are challenged to be responsible for their careers as they look to balance their subjective experience with the dynamic objective realities of the world around them.  Globalization, technological innovation, regulatory restructuring, intergenerational demographic shifts and environmental pressures all serve as constant catalysts in the revolutionary reinvention of the world of work facing Fordham students.
  • Fourth-year students are involved in assessing: Am I on target to graduate?  What are my immediate goals after graduation?  What’s my specific plan for getting a job or entering graduate school?  This is a time to reflect on the connections between classroom education and professional preparation.
  • By their senior year, students will have developed career portfolios for the world of work that reflect an attention to their strengths, aptitudes, skills, and abilities.  Regularly practice both interviewing and networking techniques that reflect their career aspirations and ambitions.
  • Make Social Media an active part of your career journey through researching and developing an individualized platform designed to analyze your current online presence, establish a professional online platform and learn ways to enhance your professional image, regardless of your chosen career path.
  • Develop a personal presentation centered around the liberal arts as interdisciplinary abilities that activate and involve many areas of your experience: cognitive, affective, social, psychology and moral development.  This overlapping blends a variety of related skills that are generally recognized as essential in the career planning and self-placement process: information management; communications; interpersonal, design and planning; research and investigation; critical thinking; management; valuing; and career development and learning skills.
Spring Senior Year
Fordham is not an ivory tower suspended above the world, rather, a community forming leaders and citizens in the midst of the energy and hope that defines New York City.  They become men and women of competence, conscience, and commitment in the world’s capital of business and finance, communications and the arts, science, scholarship and medicine, law and international politics.  Something remarkable happens when you put together a Jesuit University and New York City, that enables Fordham students to live integrated, purposeful lives that bring together education and experience, and faith and reason.
  • Confirm the details of the completion of all degree requirements, as you begin to implement your post-baccalaureate plans.
  • Continue to learn about employers through informational interviews and shadowing, make preparation for your interview presentations - the key element in your career story.
  • Pay strict attention to the transformative nature of the New York City economy, where the finance, insurance, and real estate sectors of the economy will slow down to catch it’s breadth, as an economy focused on health care, intellectual ideas, culture, entertainment, and education continues to expand.
  • Interview preparation needs to sit at the epicenter of your senior year.  It is during this time that you will be unable to perform your skills and abilities, rather you will need to describe your experience.  When preparing for an interview, remember to:
    • Prepare a responsive presentation that is natural, focused, and self-confident.
    • Be fueled by a relentless pursuit of the positive.
    • Foster an atmosphere of receptivity and recognition through a positive affirming dialogue.
    • Eliminate a verbal dependency on your career cosmetics, be specific.
    • Utilize your uniqueness, articulating your similarities and differences that describe your career journey.
    • Continue to work on improving your self-expression create a sense of security for yourself with a fearless presentation of ideas, questions, and solutions.

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