Freshman Career Development

  • Visit the College of Agriculture Career Services Office located in the Steven and Sandra Hageman Center for Student Achievement and Leadership (AGAD Room 121). Meet with Sherre Meyer to discuss overview of services and resources available to COA students, and Linda Austin regarding setting up your MyCCO account.
  • Meet with your Departmental Career Services Coordinator and/or your Academic Advisor and develop a career development plan. You Career Development Plan should include transformational learning experiences: Study Abroad, Leadership Development Certificate Program, Undergraduate Research, Internships, or Service Learning.
  • Introducing CCO - Partner with CCO (Center for Career Opportunities) while you are on campus to get the maximum benefit of their resources. View the Introducing CCO video here:
  • Activate your MyCCO Account - Visit or contact CCO Young Hall 132, to activate your MyCCO Account. You will use your Purdue Career Account to create and access your account. You may also contact Suzanne Kennedy in the COA for assistance at 494-8141.
  • Select or Explore Academic Major Options – Make an appointment with a career services consultant by calling 494-3981 or stopping by Young Hall 132. Talking with a career services consultant is often helpful because the consultant can help you understand what you are finding out about yourself and can help you decide on appropriate next steps in the process.
  • Discover Yourself - Assess your interests, values, and skills. Discovering who you are, activities are suggested and questions are asked to help you better understand your interests abilities, values and experiences. The next step is matching Purdue majors to your interests.
  • Create a Resume - Create your first college resume by attending a Resume Blitz. There are several Resume Blitz opportunities throughout the fall and spring semesters. Please refer to Workshop/Clinic schedule on the CCO website. Please have someone (advisor/instructor) review/critique your resume before posting it on CCO Express.
  •  Attend the Fall and Spring College of Agriculture Career Fairs – Build your professional career network by attending the Career Fair. Career Fairs are an excellent way to explore careers, specializations and build your professional network.
  • Internships – Some companies do hire freshmen for summer internships. However, many companies only hire rising juniors/seniors. If you are unable to secure an internship your freshman summer, then consider a summer position that provides you an opportunity to gain professional experience and skills. You should also consider volunteer opportunities in your local community.

     Video: Getting the Most Out of Your Internship
  • Study Abroad - Study abroad programs are available to all majors within the college. Programs are available during spring break, winter break, maymaster, summer, semester, and academic year in more than 20 different countries. More and more employers are seeking out culturally diverse and experienced employees who can work effectively in an increasingly global workplace. Watch for call out information throughout the year or visit the International Programs in Agriculture, Room 26 AGAD.
  • Important final tips for your first year at Purdue University/College of Agriculture -
        1. Meet with College of Agriculture Career Services Coordinator or Departmental Career Services Coordinator & Academic Advisor
        2. Discover your skills and interests
        3. Visit CCO Office
        4. Get involved on campus, join a campus club or activity
        5. Arrange an informational interview and/or job shadow someone working in a career of interest to you
        6. Go to Class, study, manage your time, keep your grades up!
        7. Seek out the Academic Success Center and Writing Lab when you need help.
          Academic Success Center
          Writing Lab