Your career starts here.
W. P. Carey undergraduate students are given a career roadmap and resources from day one — so you have the tools to get ahead, right now and throughout your time at ASU. Build career confidence and capabilities in the classroom and beyond, through a strategic series of courses and activities you’ll participate in each year.
Learn the model
Career management is a lifelong journey you will master at ASU. Learning the steps of our Career Management Model is a great place to start. From Strategy and Market Research to Product Development and Operations, you will discover that resumes and interviews are small parts of a broader, successful plan.
Taking the space to explore and think about the life and professional experiences you have had to this point is an often overlooked first step. Successful career management begins with developing a strategy that involves taking the time to look backward and forward, so you can set a specific career goal that is attainable and fulfilling.
Assessment | Personal career decision-making | Career Blueprint
2. Market Research
Once you have a career goal, performing market research is the process of exploring this more fully, getting information and details to test your thinking and coming to a commitment of how to action it in the marketplace.
Day to day: Function | Market position: Company | Trends: Industry | Location
3. Product Development
Now you are ready to test your assumptions in the market, which is done in the product development stage. This will have you active in the market, meeting people, networking, conducting informational interviews and going deeper on the research you have already done on the industry, companies and roles you are exploring. This phase helps you get beyond easy-to-access research and draw more insight from meeting people, asking thoughtful questions and digging a little deeper.
Personal introduction | Networking and informational interviews | Executive presence | Mentorship
From there you operationalize your action plan with your marketing communications. This is the resumes, cover letters and interview stage of the process. The effort you put into the first three stages will help to ensure that this stage is less stressful and you are ready to compete confidently.
Cover letter | Resume | Interviewing | Offer assessment | Online profiles
Build the capabilities
The Career Navigation Program (CNP) is designed as the core career program for all undergraduate students. This course series provides the foundation of how to use the Career Management Model and prepares students for program specific coaching. Each course is designed to provide relevant, curated career instruction for each year of your time at W. P. Carey.
- First Year
- WPC 148: Introduction to Career Development encourages career exploration and identification of professional interests through the utilization of the career management model and other resources available to students in the W. P. Carey School of Business.
- WPC 248: Career Narrative Design assists sophomore students in identifying their soft skills while creating a personal narrative that has reach and relevance as they engage with potential employers.
- WPC 348: Networking Foundations strengthens student networking and interviewing skills during their junior year while working to develop a professional network.
- WPC 448: Career Transition Management prepares seniors for the transition into the workforce by developing advanced career management skills with a special focus on design thinking.