The i•plan™ is a framework designed by The Career Center to help you think about your internship, job search or your plans for continuing your education. Just like a final exam, your job/internship search or program selection is not something you should 'cram' for at the last minute. The i•plan™ represents the many small things you can do throughout your time here at Michigan that build toward a fulfilling career. It consists of three areas of focus -- Your Story, Your Community, and Your Presentation.
Your Story involves all the important details about you and your background. It includes knowledge of your skills and interests, as well as your work/extracurricular/volunteer experience. It's what you like to do, and what you're good at. Knowledge of Your Story will help you better understand the career paths available to you, and allows for a better experience making Your Presentation to the right people in Your Community.
Your Community is the collection of people that you can turn to for help. This could be your family and friends, current/former classmates and colleagues, and university resources and alumni (among many others). It consists not only of the people you know right now, but people 1-2 'steps' away that you could potentially know -- a "friend of a friend." A strong community can help you better understand Your Story, and know what is important to highlight in Your Presentation. Members of Your Community can even act as an extra set of eyes and ears during the job search -- putting you in contact with people making the hiring decision for a job you want -- and provide helpful insights into the career or program you wish to pursue.
Your Presentation is the way you articulate Your Story to people. It includes tangible things like your resume or cover letter, and intangibles like the confidence you display in an interview. The way you present yourself is key in order to convince an employer or member of Your Community that you're the right fit for a desired position. And remember: opportunities don't follow a strict timeline, so it's important to consider Your Presentation at all times -- not just when you're actively job searching and/or connecting with a potential employer or graduate/professional school representative.