Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Monday, October 2, 2017
In order to ensure that you have an adequate amount of time to prepare, and/or recover from any missteps from your freshman year, you should have your plans made no later than the beginning of the last semester of your sophomore year. At this point in time you should have your general education credits nearly finished, have your major declared, have met with your academic advisor to determine your schedule for the remainder of your undergraduate program, as well as scheduling a discussion as to if you will be going straight into a master's program or the work force after graduation. This will allow her/him to help prepare you for either internships or balancing your remaining academic schedule to ensure that you are able to seamlessly transition to your master's program. This may sound a bit intimidating, but if you are truly focused on ensuring that you set yourself up for success to the best of your ability, it requires planning and foresight. Additional preparation now will save you a world of heartache later on down the road.