Academic and Career Planning Center

Exploring Majors

 

Students who aren't sure about their majors often want to make a decision as quickly as possible. But making a decision that's this important shouldn't be rushed—you can't take shortcuts if you want to make a well-informed decision. A one-on-one session with a counselor in the ACPC as well as a discussion with you adviser is recommended. The below resources can help you begin the process before your advising appointment.

Creating a Cover Letter

 

When an employer asks for you to send your resume, always send an introductory/cover letter along with it. If you are applying for a position, and you are not in the presence of the individual to whom you are submitting your resume, always send a letter introducing yourself and your resume to the employer.  Read the guidelines below to write a basic cover letter, then stop by the ACPC to have your letter and resume reviewed.

Cover Letter Basics

 

Creating a Resume

 

There is no consensus as to what makes a good resume.  However, one of the basic rules is that employers will spend less than 20 seconds scanning your resume to see if it is worth further consideration.  Therefore, be sure that your resume is organized and attractive enough to pass this test.  Your resume, if effective, will quickly show the employer:

Resume and Cover Letter Assistance

 

Just as a marketing executive needs strong, effective advertising to sell products, you need strong resumes and effective cover letters to sell your product--yourself. The purpose of the resume and cover letter is to get you an interview. Resumes don't get you a job--they get you in the door. You get the job!

Deciding to Attend Graduate School

 

Deciding whether or not to attend graduate school is an important, life-changing decision. So before you choose to take the plunge into graduate school, you need to determine what your goals and interests are and ask yourself some questions to be sure that you are prepared for the commitment and are attending for the right reasons.

Reasons to go:

New Student Orientation Procedures

For an overview of the process after you accept your offer to Penn State visit Admissions Accepted Students

Step 1: Complete Your Educational Planning Survey