Undergraduate Checklist

The undergraduate checklist was designed to be an "insider's guide" to what Gabelli School undergraduates should be doing each year to maximize their experience and increase their chances of post-graduation success.

The checklist items came from two sources: past students who have lived this and know, and the administrators who helped them on their way. The path is different for everyone, but the checklist below provides a useful map.

Year 1: Explore

Get to know Fordham!

  • Attend and participate in one Summer Orientation Program
  • International Students: Attend all Global Transitions orientation events
  • Ask questions, seek answers:
  • Who are the Jesuits?
  • What are Fordham’s 4 core Jesuit values?
  • How (and why) is a Jesuit education different?
  • Find out why we say we’re ‘One Fordham’: visit your other campus! (Rose Hill visit Lincoln Center, and vice versa)

Sink, or Swim?  Learn how to work the ‘Fordham way’.

  • Attend all Freshmen advising sessions
  • Get to know Gabelli Connect, your gateway to Fordham
  • Watch for/act on opportunities shared via Gabelli and PPD emails!
  • Discover all the resources at your disposal
  • Tutoring (by dept; within Gabelli)
  • Health Center
  • Public Safety
  • Fitness Center
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Campus Ministry
  • Dorothy Day Center
  • International Students: Watch for & respond to ANY OIS outreach (Office for International Services)

Get to know the Gabelli School of Business—and yourself.

  • Ace the Ground Floor course
  • Take advantage of your Wall Street Journal subscription: subscribe!
  • Complete ‘Handshake’ Workshop (Level 1) with Career Services
  • Learn about various majors/concentrations & careers they feed into
  • Complete TypeFocus online self-assessment to explore your natural strengths, interests and professional values

Prepare for life, after college.

  • Explore the future through Career Exploration IP
  • Engage in resume and ‘personal pitch’ preparation
  • Create your own LinkedIn page
  • Review undergrad career plan survey reports (industries/functions of employed graduates, average salaries/sign-ons, interviewing activity)
  • Explore internship opportunities: Register on Handshake

Develop networking skills!

  • Make sure you have a suit
  • Attend ‘Getting Ready for Employers’ & networking workshops
  • Attend at least one alumni career panel
  • Attend at least one employer career fair
  • Explore an externship (a half- to one-day experience at a workplace)
  • Discuss your interests and career options with each of the below to  help you weigh your potential major options:
  • Your class dean/PPD advisor
  • Faculty members
  • Upperclass student peers
  • Family and friends

Get Off Your Phone: PARTICIPATE in Fordham!

  • Attend the Club Fair, get on mailing list for those you are interested in
  • Get involved in on-campus activities that interest you
  • Volunteer and join student organizations
  • International Students: You’re not alone! Watch for and attend Global Transition Society events

The future starts NOW!

  • Master the Liberal Arts Core
  • Obtain as high a GPA as possible
  • Attend a Career Spotlight for each major/discipline

Year 2: Discern

Embrace Magis, Do More

  • Volunteer: Start/continue volunteering
  • Join student organizations, clubs
  • Find more ways to participate—make a difference on/off-campus
  • International Students: Help yourself/others: participate in Global Transition Society events

Think Globally

  • Explore study-abroad options for spring/summer/Junior year
  • If You’re an International Student:
  • Watch for and respond to ANY OIS outreach (Office for International Services) 
  • If your I-20 End Date is wrong OR you’re enrolled less than full-time, let OIS know!

Discover WHO You Want to Be

  • Meet with PPD (Personal & Professional Development) advisors…
  • One-on-one: Get personalized guidance about major/ concentration options that appeal to your career interests 
  • Large Group: Attend at least one PPD Spotlight Series event
  • Collect employer insights on Career paths, Requirements and Expectations:
  • Complete the TypeFocus online self-assessment (if not done yet) to uncover natural strengths, interests and professional values
  • Attend employer presentations, learn about potential careers

Think Big and Get Help

  • Attend PPD General Advising Workshops to...
  • Learn how a recruiter looks at your resume
  • Learn how to prepare for career fairs & networking
  • Learn how to prepare for interviews, and more
  • Attend Sophomore Dean advising events, office hours to...
  • Learn about major/minor/concentration options available
  • Discuss academic requirements and your academic progress

Get Noticed!

  • Maximize your GPA
  • Create networking contact list (get help: PPD Career Advisor, on-line)
  • Network constantly, attend at least two events during the year:
  • Career fairs
  • On-campus employer information sessions
  • Student organization events
  • Guest-speaker appearances
  • Participate in on-campus recruiting &/or video interviewing
  • Volunteer at Dean’s Office/University/Community events
  • Pursue leadership opportunities wherever they arise

Begin to Become WHO You Want to Be

  • Improve your resume…
  • Attend resume & cover letter workshops (led by OCS, PPD)
  • Review sample resumes online
  • Incorporate Consulting Cup experience
  • Spring: Add spring internship experience (if any)
  • Meet one-on-one with PPD advisors to:
  • Refine your personal marketing/presentation
  • Re-shape your resume to align with likely academic/career path(s)
  • Register on Handshake (if not done yet)
  • Seek & apply for spring/summer/junior year internship opportunities
  • International students (F-1 or J-1): Be sure to obtain CPT work authorization, if needed (to learn more, search for Working Legally in the U.S. on Fordham website)
  • Complete second-level OCS Workshop (on ‘Handshake’)
  • Constantly update CareerInsights on your internship search (leads, offers, acceptances)
  • March: Select a degree path, formally declare your major/minor/concentration

Year 3: Connect

Update Your Major

  • Meet with your class dean to discuss…
  • The best major/minor/concentration for your career goals
  • Academic requirements, and your academic progress
  • Leveraging electives to compliment your professional interests
  • Meet with faculty in your area(s) of interest to…
  • Learn about cutting edge developments that might inspire you
  • Discuss current research related to your career interests

Continue to Get Noticed

  • Maximize your GPA
  • Network constantly, attend at least two (2) events over the year:
  • Career Fairs
  • On-campus employer information sessions
  • Student organization events
  • Guest-speaker appearances
  • Keep volunteering at Dean’s Office/University/Community events
  • Look for ways to participate in academic competitions (on/off-campus)
  • Pursue leadership opportunities wherever they arise
  • Get involved with 1+ professional association in your field of interest
  • International Students: Get involved, be a Global Transition Society leader

Pursue WHO You Want to Be

  • Prepare for and seek internship opportunities in sector(s) of interest
  • International students (F-1 or J-1): Be sure to obtain CPT work authorization, if needed (to learn more, search for Working Legally in the U.S. on Fordham website)
  • Create a Job Search plan (get help: PPD Career Advisor, on-line tips)
  • 9+ months before graduation: Start job search/interviewing
  • Improve your application/knowledge through external research
  • Participate in on-campus recruiting &/or video interviewing
  • Complete ALL OCS workshops (req’ed to see job postings, submit resumes)
  • FALL/SPRING/SUMMER: Work as an intern in sector(s) of interest
  • Constantly update CareerInsights on your internship & job search (leads, offers, acceptances)
  • Investigate Grad School and confirm whether an advanced/professional degree will be useful/necessary to achieve your goals
  • Look into dates/deadlines, begin preparing for GMAT/entry exams
  • International Students: If your I-20 End Date is wrong OR you’re enrolled less than full-time, let OIS know!

Strengthen Your Network

  • Grow networking contact list (get help: PPD Career Advisor, on-line)
  • Connect with faculty in your major/concentration
  • Develop & cultivate 1+ professional contact outside Fordham

Hone Your Skills!

  • Attend one (1) of the following:
  • Attend PPD Career Advising workshops on networking, interviewing, job searching, grad school prep, and more
  • Make appt. (via GabelliAccess) and meet with a PPD career advisor
  • Continue to develop leadership, teamwork, communication skills through extra-curriculars
  • Strengthen resume! Review with PPD to target sector/career focus; add new internship(s)/skills as developed; attend resume workshop
  • Attend Mock Interview workshop/participate in Mock Interview Week
  • Practice: Leverage Fordham’s interview software to practice
  • Investigate international opportunities (study tours, summer programs, International Business Week seminars)

Learn from Family, Friends, Alumni

  • Conduct informational interviews with family friends to explore career paths within your field(s) of interest
  • When prepared: Seek informational interviews with alumni* (*Alumni Database accessible through OCS office & Hughes 4th floor lobby)

Reflect and Identify Gaps in Your Personal Brand

  • Identify the skills employers need: Review Hanshake job postings
  • Review these against your resume: Which skills are you promoting?
  • For skill gap(s) identified (their needs vs. your offer): Take steps NOW to fill gaps (via coursework, internships, workshops, global experiences, student leadership opportunities, etc.)

Year 4: Launch

Continue to Get Noticed

  • Maximize your GPA
  • Keep networking! Attend...
  • Employer Presentation sessions
  • Career Fairs
  • Club events
  • Don’t stop volunteering! Get involved at...
  • Dean’s Office
  • University events
  • Community events
  • Volunteer to mentor a freshmen
  • Continue being a leader in your community
  • International Students: Get involved, be a Global Transition Society leader

Pursue WHO You Want to Be

  • Meet individually with a PPD career advisor
  • IF ACCEPTED A JOB OFFER: Work with PPD to develop a strategy to get to where you want to be in 5 years
  • IF HAVEN’T ACCEPTED A JOB OFFER: Continue preparing for and seeking job opportunities in your sector(s) of interest
  • Create a job search plan with PPD (if not done yet)
  • Start job search/interviewing 9+ months before graduation
  • Improve your application/knowledge through external research 
  • Research potential employers through Handshake and Vault 
  • Review online job search resources for relevant, interesting leads
  • If attending grad school: Prepare applications, required materials (review OCS/PPD online: health, law, general grad school content)
  • Update CareerInsights database with your plans, salary info (for all leads pursued, all jobs offered, final job accepted)

Keep Honing Your Skills!

  • Strategically leverage your remaining electives: Work with your Dean to determine which electives (Liberal Arts, Business) will help you hone the skills you need for the job offers you’re pursuing
  • Practice interviewing…
  • Attend Mock Interview workshop
  • Participate in Mock Interview Week (late Sept–see GabelliAcces for specific dates and registration)
  • Practice with Fordham’s interview software
  • Participate in on-campus recruiting or company video interviewing
  • Perfect your resume and cover letter, upload resume to Handshake

Strengthen Your Network

  • Grow, update your networking contact list (get help from a PPD Career Advisor & on-line tips)
  • Continue to connect with faculty in your major/concentration

Prepare for Life After Fordham

  • Reflect, build on and embrace your personal brand
  • Develop personal finance skills, budget
  • Reflect on your Fordham experience
  • Attend at least one retreat
  • Participate in a Service Learning project
  • International Students: If your I-20 End Date is wrong OR you’re enrolled less than full-time before your last semester, let OIS know!

Graduate!

  • Oct & Nov: Attend mandatory Senior Group Advising sessions to make sure you are clear for Graduation!
  • By November: Verify class Dean has all transcripts, AP credits, any study abroad course transcripts (e.g., credits needed for graduation) Without them, we can’t attest to completion or grant diploma!
  • Inoculate yourself against “Senioritis!” Even if you have a job lined up, maintain habits that got you to this point. Finish strong! Don’t ‘check out’.