Checklist For A Successful Work Experience

Significant learning can occur through the process of working as a co-op or intern and when you begin your first professional job. You can optimize the value of your field placement by completing some of the recommended activities listed below and creatively adding others on your own. These activities have the potential for enhancing your professional, personal, and career development and are useful when considering ideas to add to you career portfolio.


To be viewed as a future professional, supervisors seek people with strong ethics and integrity. The following guidelines include information that is relevant to corporate standards and behavior norms that are expected within a professional working environment.


Professional Development


1.*Obtain and review company literature (annual report, product brochures, personnel manual).


2. *Through observation, discussions, and other means, learn how your job responsibilities contribute to your work group, department, division, and organization.


3. *Keep a log of examples of how your work experience relates to your past coursework and expands your knowledge and skills.


4. Interview professionals about projects and/or areas that interest you.


5. Develop a reputation as a problem-solver. If a problem lands on your desk, do not pass it on to someone else. However, never be afraid to ask questions if you do not understand something.


6. Plan your day in advance. Ten to fifteen minutes in the morning will equal an extra hour or more of productivity throughout the day.


7. Begin to use a pocket or electronic planner continuously. It will quickly become your daily guide to accomplishing your goals in life.


8. Ask to attend meetings and events. You will learn how things really get done.


9. Keep a list of areas in which further education/knowledge will be necessary for your career goals.


10. Think about ways in which your work environment meets your needs in terms of size of organization, dress, and informal/formal roles for getting things done.


11. Find out how your department interacts with other departments and with external vendors.


12. Discuss with colleagues and superiors how they obtained their positions and their future career plans and goals.


13. Reflect on how your field placement can influence your choice of major, elective, and plans for graduate study.


14. Keep a list of your personal successes including what worked and didn't work and why.


15. Make a list of the changes that you feel have occurred in your self-esteem, maturity, and communication skills as a result of your co-op/internship.


16. Develop a network of workplace colleagues with whom you maintain contact.


Tips marked * are required.




1. Draw a solid ethical line and never cross it, even when others are encouraging you to do so.


2. Integrity means doing what is right, even if it is unpopular, unfashionable, or unprofitable.


3. Develop a reputation for honesty and integrity.


4. Do not use profanity, even when others do so.


5. Never tell dirty, racist, or sexist jokes. Ignore those who attempt to share them with you.


6..Do not lie, cheat, or steal, even when temptation is great. Stand for integrity and honesty in all that you do, and you will be amazed how far it sets you above your peers.


7. Strive to maintain a high standard of competence in your work.


8. Strive to be honest, fair, and respectful of others in all aspects of your work environment.


9. Honor your promises.


10.If you are unsure, don't do it.


11.When you make mistakes, take responsibility for them immediately. Denial will only prolong and intensify the error. Acknowledge that you were wrong and move on. Do not make the same mistake again.


Office Politics


1. Show respect for your boss in everything that you do. Do not join in when others are boss bashing.


2. Never discuss your salary with your co-workers.


3.When you are personally complimented for something that was a team effort, always give proper credit to the team.


4.When others begin to criticize, fight the urge to join in the slaughter.


5. Limit yourself to one glass of beer or wine when dining out with co-workers or clients. Wait for someone else to order liquor first, don't be the only one.


6. Beware of office romances. Keep personal matters out of the work environment.


Office Etiquette


1. Dress conservatively, at or above the conservative median within the company.


2. From day one, learn how to answer the department phone and how to take a proper message.


3. Do not e-mail family and friends during work time.


4. Learn the company's policy regarding Internet use. Do not use the Internet for personal business.


5. Ask for things to do. Do not wait to be told what to do. Solving problems and taking initiative are the best ways to stand out from the crowd.


6. Do not gripe about the grunt work. There is always something to learn. Learn how the small tasks fit into the big picture.


7. Arrive at meetings on time.


8. Take advantage of the fact that you are a student. As a student, you are not threatening and can have more access and opportunities than a full-time employee can. Everyone wants to help a student learn.




Adapted from:


Top 10 Tips for Interns by Bradley Richardson as found on


New Job Proverbs as found on


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Welcome to CDSlink, a service provided by Career Development Services to our students and alumni. The links below provide you with convenient access to manage your on-line career account. You will be able to update and keep your profile current, upload up to 10 resumes to submit to employers, apply for jobs, and participate, if eligible, in On-Campus Interviewing and the Co-op program, internships and career fair listings.

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NJIT Alumni/Students Career Speed Networking

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
6:45 to 9:00 p.m.
Campus Center Ballroom

Speed Networking Student Registration is through CDSlink.

Alumni from various career fields will share career advice and networking tips to help students become confident job-seekers in a fun, fast paced-environment.

The first 100 students to register will be entered to win a $50 book store gift card! (Must be present for drawing held the night of event).

At the event you will:

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  • Learn how to strategize and use your network effectively.

Registration is required!

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The event is sponsored by Career Development Services, Alumni Relations, Alumni Association of NJIT, Student Senate.

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The Student and Alumni Career Development Team advises undergraduate and graduate students and alumni on career development and employment issues.

Please review the list of advisors, then click here to make an appointment through CDSlink.

List of Career Advisors by Major



Dominique Clarke
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Career Advisors arrange for testing to help you assess career preferences; guide you in the preparation, evaluation, and updating of resumes and portfolios; aid you in the development and evaluation of a career plan for use at NJIT and post-graduation; prepare you for job interviews through workshops, coaching, and practice sessions; and help you evaluate learning experiences such as cooperative education, internships, community and public service, and part time opportunities on-and-off campus.

In addition, we facilitate on-and-off campus recruitment for graduating students seeking full time, professional opportunities. Our services also include familiarizing you with our Career Resource Center.



The Strong Interest Inventory Self-Assessment


The Strong Interest Inventory®assessment helps to guide students and alumni in their search for a rich and fulfilling career.   The Strong Interest Inventory provides students and alumni with information about their interests, values, skills, career preferences, and work styles.   Any NJIT student or alumni can begin the process of taking the Strong Interest Inventory by calling CDS at 973-596-3100 to obtain the NJIT login and password information. Click here to access the login page.


Once you complete the assessment, you must schedule an appointment with a career advisor to access and discuss your results.

TypeFocus Careers


TypeFocus Careers
An online career development program available to NJIT students and alumni that will assess your personality and help you choose careers that match your natural strengths. Along the way, you will discover a lot more about yourself so you can answer the questions everyone who is searching for a good career must ask:

  • Who am I . . . really?
  • Where am I going?
  • How will I get there?

To begin using the TypeFocus Careers program, call 973-596-3100 to access the NJIT Site Password.  Once you complete the assessment, schedule an appointment with your career advisor to discuss your results.



NJIT Career Fair Student Registration

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Alumni without UCID password may contact the NJIT Helpdesk at 973-596-2900 or may register at the door on the day of the fair.

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