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Career Center: What is the Pilot MAP?
The Pilot MAP: My Action Plan is a four year career plan to help you get engaged during your time at the University of Portland. Each year has a theme to encourage students to take advantage of the many resources on and off campus: Explore, Engage, Experience, and Enhance. It is not merely a "To Do" list of items to check off a list – rather it is a customizable plan that enables you to tailor your plan and engage with resources (people, places, activities, etc.) that will support your goals.
Steps taken throughout your time at UP will go a long way in helping you to clarify career goals and build a competitive resume or application for graduate or professional school. Many undergraduate students don’t yet know what major they want to select, let alone what career to pursue in the future. The Pilot MAP can assist you no matter where you are in the process. We encourage you to use the Pilot MAP as a guide; you’ll be glad you did when you feel in control of your career planning and have a concrete plan for after graduation.
For most of us, career development is a lifelong process of learning and exploration as we try to find our niche in the “world of work.” Career development can be broken down into several phases or stages. Each individual varies in their progress through this process for many reasons; some advance rapidly through each phase, while others progress more slowly. Individuals may repeat all or parts of the career development process at various points throughout their lives as values, interests, abilities and life circumstances change.
The good news is that your career planning and professional development is part of your experience at UP and begins as soon as you arrive on campus. No matter if you’re undecided or unsure, if you’re planning on having a career, attending graduate school or completing post-graduate service, it’s important to take steps throughout your four years to reach your professional goals.
Tips for Using the Pilot MAP:
Take Ownership – Invest in your education by seeking a broad range of experiences, which build on your interests and values; strengthen your skills and competencies; and expand your understanding of the world around you.
Plan Early – Ask any Senior. Four years go by fast. It is important that you put a plan into place to make the most of your time. Writing it down helps you map it out and make adjustments as your interests and experiences develop. Each step provides opportunities for you to craft your goals and explore your strengths. Share your goals with your network of faculty, mentors, peers and Career Center staff to keep you on track and motivated!
Reflect & Refine – Grounded in the liberal arts tradition, the Pilot MAP expands on academics through experiential learning. Reflecting on your experiences is essential to experience-based learning. Each experience informs the next as you integrate your interests, skills, strengths and passions.
Utilize UP Resources – There is a wealth of resources on campus to help you set and achieve your goals. Take advantage of all UP has to offer by learning about the services and programs designed to enhance and support your college experience.
Please contact the Career Center at 503.943.7201 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the Pilot MAP.