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Viking Score Class of 2021

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Core has enhanced the Viking Score.

In order for you to make strides toward your career success, and a Viking Score of 100, we have modified the requirements for those graduating in 2021. 

Earn Viking Score Points each academic year to receive rewards

• Earn 40 Viking Score points from Career Exploration activities and get an Augie decal

• Earn 40 Viking Score points from Career Preparation and get an Augustana College padfolio

• Earn 20 Viking Score points from Career Ready (either path) and get an Augustana business card holder and 30 free business cards

• Accumulate a Viking Score of 100 points by April 30 of your senior year and you'll receive an invitation to the Viking Score Banquet. This end-of-the-year event celebrates students. Each student may invite one guest who has been supportive of their career success throughout their college career. Students will also receive a graduation cord indicating their Viking Score of 100!

Gain the skills, experiences, and self-knowledge necessary by staying on track for your future career success. Points will be added to your current Viking Score once you complete the following activities: 

 

Career exploration activities

• Drop-in for a CORE Orientation with a CORE Ambassador (2 pts)

• Complete a career exploration activity with your career coach (6 pts)

• Research career fields of interest or career options for your major; complete the career research activity and share your findings with your career coach (6 pts)

• Conduct at least one informational interview with alumni or professionals in your career field of interest (6 pts)

• Give back while learning new skills through 10 hours of volunteer or community service (4 pts)

• Find an on- or off-campus job using Handshake (4 pts)

• Pick up extra work hours through the Flexible Employment Program (FEP) (2 pts)

• Join a student organization and attend at least one meeting (2 pts)

• Develop a clear and specific career goal by completing the career goal activity and share it with your career coach or attend a career goal development workshop (6 pts)

Career preparation activities

• Meet with your career coach to create an action plan for gaining career-related experience (6 points)

• Complete your Handshake Profile (2 pts)

• Develop a complete LinkedIn Profile (2 pts)

• Complete requirements for an internship, research or other career-related experience (10 points)

• Attend a career fair; several are offered annually such as ProFair or I-74 Grad Fair (4 pts)

• Meet with a career mentor for a resume review (4 pts)

• Write a cover letter to be customized for each position or program; have it reviewed (4 pts)

• Develop your interviewing skills through interview prep or a mock interview with your career coach or career professional (6 pts)

• Develop and practice your elevator pitch with a career coach (4 pts)

• Discuss interviewing attire with a career professional for feedback (4 pts)

• Meet with your career coach to discuss progress on your Action Plan: Gaining Experience (6 pts)

Career ready: Graduate school path activities

• Meet with your career coach to develop your post grad plan (6 pts)

• Research graduate/professional school programs in your career field of choice (4 pts)

• Develop a target list of organizations (4 pts)

• Gather names and contact information for people you have asked to serve as references or write letters of recommendation (4 pts)

• Write a personal statement for post-grad service or graduate/professional school; have it reviewed by your career coach (4 pts)

• Meet with your career coach to discuss progress on or confirm your post grad plan (6 pts)

Career ready: Full-time employment path activities

• Meet with your career coach to develop your post grad plan (6 pts)

• Develop a target list of organizations (4 pts)

• Gather names and contact information for people you have asked to serve as references or write letters of recommendation (4 pts)

• Meet with your career coach to discuss progress on or confirm your post grad plan (6 pts)