College is not just about getting a degree; it’s a crucial stepping stone toward your future career. While academic knowledge is essential, becoming “career-ready” involves more than just acing your classes. It encompasses a set of skills, experiences, and mindset that will prepare you for the workforce.

Self-Assessment: Know Yourself

Becoming career-ready starts with self-awareness. Ask yourself:

  • What are my strengths and areas needing growth?
  • What are my values, interests, and passions?
  • What kind of work environment do I thrive in?

Understanding yourself is the foundation for making informed career decisions. Take self-assessment tests, make a Career Center appointment, and TAKE ACTION.

Take Action

Explore potential Brookdale programs and career paths with Focus 2 Career.

Hands-on experience is invaluable. Seek internships, part-time jobs, or student employment exeriences related to your field of interest. Practical experience not only enhances your resume but also helps you understand the real-world applications of your studies.

Networking is a powerful tool for career readiness. Attend career fairs, industry conferences, and alumni events. Don’t be shy about reaching out to professionals on LinkedIn or through your network. Building relationships can open doors to job opportunities and valuable insights.

Employers highly value career readiness skills. Effective communication, teamwork, adaptability, and problem-solving abilities are just as important as technical expertise. You can develop these skills through group projects, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work.

Create a resume and/or portfolio to showcase your skills, work experience, and qualifications. Include class projects, internships, and any relevant accomplishments.

Mentorship can provide guidance and valuable insights. Seek out professors, alumni, or industry professionals who can share their knowledge and experience. Their guidance can help you make informed career decisions and navigate challenges.

Set specific, achievable goals for your career. Short-term goals may include landing an internship, while long-term goals could involve becoming a leader in your field. Breaking down your goals into actionable steps and regularly reviewing your progress will keep you on track.

Strive for Academic Excellence: Build a Strong Foundation

While grades are not the sole measure of your capabilities, they are important. Strive for academic excellence by:

Building a strong academic foundation will set you on a college and career success pathway.

Tips for Career & Self Development improvements: 

  • Conduct informational interviews. Job shadow. Seek mentors.
  • Get involved in campus clubs and organizations to further develop and test out career interests.
  • Have updated Handshake and LinkedIn profiles.
  • Participate in class discussions and debates.
  • Develop your elevator pitch which is a professional sounding introduction about yourself.
  • Make an appointment with the Career Center to develop your Career Development Action Plan by emailing



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MAC Building, Room 105
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738

Career Center Hours

Monday 8:30 am- 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am- 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am- 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am- 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am- 5:00 pm