Aim of Career Ready Program: To assist you to engage in career planning and decision making, develop employability skills, identify and secure employment, and manage your careerCareer Ready Program can be completed in two ways:Self-paced via online modulesFaculty specific seminars delivered on campusEach module should take between 2-4 hours to complete.Modules can be completed at any stage during your studies at La Trobe.Online modules can be completed more than once.
The notion of “career” is changing.Traditionally associated with paid employment and referred to a single occupation. Now seen as a continuous process of learning and development. Periods of full-time work, study, self employment, voluntary work and so on. Career is now viewed as part of life's total journey – not just that part where we're paid by someone else for what we do. Learning is not just formal education Work is not just paid employment Progression can take place laterally as well as vertically, but it retains the sense of development – and it's a lifelong process.Need to manage the process so we can take opportunities that are appropriate for us, so we can cope with change and continually learn. Flexibility is the key.
Postgraduate study – research verses coursework / congruent with your degree verses non congruent (give e.g.’s)Additional study options – TAFE / short courses / private coursesEmployment – f/t – either graduate position or ‘starter job’ related to your career interestsOverseas: work / study / travel – one or more in combinationVolunteer work – e.g. in an area of career interest such as international development All the above options have positives and negatives depending on your goals and priorities. Therefore first you need to work out what these are!Today we are going to focus on the option of postgraduate study and explore the things to consider before deciding to undertake further study
Self awareness: You need to know yourself:What sort of work environment do you enjoy?What motivates you?What personal qualities do you have?What skills do you need to develop?What are your values in relation to work? – do you want to earn $$$, have a balanced family life, contribute to society, etc
Covered in Module 2: Employability SkillsEmployability skills can be gained in lots of ways and in many areas of your life, including through study, work, in the community, and through hobbies and sport.
An Informational Interview is a meeting in which a job seeker asks for career and industry advice rather than employment. The job seeker uses the interview to gather information on the field, and to find employment leads and expand their professional network.You are interviewing the contact. You arrange the meeting, set the agenda, ask questions, take notes, bring the meeting to a close and follow up afterwards.Could be:A phone conversationDiscussion over a cup of coffeeShort meeting in their work environmentEmail exchange
Information about your chosen occupational field or potential employers (to firm up your career choices, decide on likely employers, identify employer needs or better inform you so that you can communicate well in applications and at interviewsAdvice, ideas and feedback on your resume, job search strategy, career direction or necessary skills and qualificationsReferrals to other people who can provide advice or job leadsAssistance in keeping an eye out for job opportunitiesIf you sought all of this from one person, you would need all day, not 20 minutes! So you much choose what you will discuss in each exchange, and that is the point of being well prepared and thinking through what each person can offer you. Even if they have no knowledge of your job field, you can at least ask them if they know of someone who does. Questions to ask:How did you decide on this career? Did you study at university? (If ‘yes’: What did you major in? How relevant were your university studies to your current position?) What type of person usually succeeds at this job?What do you do on a day-to-day basis?What do you like about your work? What don’t you like?What type of person usually succeeds at this job?Which professional associations would you recommend that I join?What advice would you give about where to look for jobs?What do you wish you could have known prior to entering this field?Can you suggest anyone else whom I could contact for further information?Try to ask open-ended questions so that the person you are interviewing doesn’t answer just ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
Career planning’s not a one-off activityMost people make several job, industry and occupation changes throughout their working life
Some people find this stage the most difficult as they're frightened that they may make the 'wrong' decision, but remember that not making a choice is also a decision in itself.Perhaps your decision will be made easier if you consider that you are only planning your next career step, not your whole life! Expect to travel along more than one career path during your life and expect it to take some unexpected turns.
Career Planning & Decision Making – ILOsExplore how career decisions are influenced by personal characteristics & circumstancesEngage in learning experiences that build positive relationships in participants’ work and lifeCreate career scenarios based on participants’ motivations and aspirationsUse career information resources to identify relevant work and learning opportunities
Career Planning & Decision Making – ILOsExplore how career decisions are influenced by personal characteristics & circumstancesEngage in learning experiences that build positive relationships in participants’ work and lifeCreate career scenarios based on participants’ motivations and aspirationsUse career information resources to identify relevant work and learning opportunitiesSlide is using elements from both CASVE cycle and Career Decision Making Activity for ABCD Competency 3.3.8First point is critical – identify when a choice you’re making could impact on your career – eg choosing an elective subject is not just a timetable issue. Possible approaches in making your decision could include:Intuition – choosing on the basis of a "gut reaction"Pros and Cons - a systematic approach, weighing up the ‘for’ and against’ Reflection – taking time to think things through in your head by yourselfTalking about it – speaking to other people to help you see things clearlyTesting ideas - Trying out your decision before committing to it completely
Everyone makes decisions differently – explore your career decision-making style through online tool available in readings
You determine how much you get out of your experiences.You need to make the most of the opportunities available to you to help launch your professional career.
Career Ready Seminar 1: Career planning
Career ReadyModule 1Career Planning & Decision Making
Welcome to the Career Ready Program• Five career modules delivered via seminars and the LMS 1. Career planning and decision making 2. Developing my employability skills 3. Job search methods 4. Applying for work 5. Managing my career• Career options sessions specific to your faculty• Online learning activities and resources 2
Seminar Overview• Career planning• Self-assessment of skills, values and interests• Researching career information• Options with your degree• Career decision making• Career Action Plans 3
A definition of „career‟“The sum total of paid and unpaid work, learning and life roles youundertake throughout your life” Work experience / Employment Education Extra-curricular activities Community involvement Volunteer work Life roles Cultural activities Training Interests and hobbies 5
Why should you plan your career? 1. „Career planning‟ is really about knowing when you have to make a decision. 2. Planning helps you make successful career decisions. 3. Being aware of timeframes and deadlines for career decisions prevents feeling overwhelmed (or missing out). 4. It‟s your career! Be willing to take responsibility for your career and life.CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 6
How often will you need to plan?• Career planning is not a one-off activity• Career change is inevitable• There‟s always an element of chance• We can‟t always predict what career opportunities we will be presented with• People will make multiple job, industry and occupation changes throughout their working life 7
When do you need to plan your career?Decisions before you start your university course Course application and admission Subjects: fixed curriculum or flexible electivesDecisions during your course before graduation Major and minor sequences; electives; full-time/part-time; summer/winter semesters; extra-curricular options; changing course?Decisions related to after your graduation Postgraduate study options; employment - graduate programs, entry-level employment, unrelated work; overseas work / study / travel; volunteer workCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 8
Self-awareness• You need to know yourself• Identify your own skills, values and interests• Recognise where work fits into your life, your personal values, interests, personality traits, skills, and desired life style 10
Learning about your interests• What do you enjoy doing?• What are you good at?• What knowledge and skills do you have?• How do you like to learn?• What really matters to you?• What do you want to achieve and how motivated are you to achieve those goals?• Do you have a preference for a type of work setting or location?• Do you like to work independently or with others?• What sort of personality do you have? 11
Career valuesValues are:• The things you consider important• The reason why you work• What motivates you to study and work• What you want work to provide youWe are all different – there are no “right” or “wrong” values 12
Assessing your skills• Employability skills are the non-technical skills and knowledge required to gain employment.• Self-assessment tools include: MyGuide Access a personalised and integrated career decision making tool, as well as facts about courses and occupations www.myfuture.edu.au You and Your Career Self-assessment guide designed to assist students and graduates gain a clear understanding of their skills and attributes www.graduatecareers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/YourCareerYou- 2012_web.pdf 13
Researching career informationResearch and find out what‟s out there for youExplore…• Your potential career pathways• Your further study options• Your employability skillsAs you know more about yourself and your options a career planbecomes easier to construct 15
Where do you find career information?• Using the Internet• Career Expos and employer seminars• Industry and professional associations• Career Development Centre• Friends and family• Part-time and volunteer work• Placements and work experience• Relevant publications (e.g. newspapers, journals, websites)• Job advertisements• Contact with people in the industry 16
Researching career pathways• Conduct desktop research to uncover options related to your degree • www.latrobe.edu.au/students/careers/career-planning/what-can-i-do • www.graduatecareers.com.au/CareerPlanningandResources/careerprofile s/index.htm • www.prospects.ac.uk/options_with_your_subject.htm • http://deewr.gov.au/career-bullseye-posters• Use LinkedIn to research companies, industries and opportunities 17
Exploring occupations and industriesMy Futurehttp://myfuture.edu.au/Graduate Careerswww.graduatecareers.com.au/CareerPlanningandResources/careerprofiles/index.htmGraduate Opportunitieshttp://www.graduateopportunities.com/dates-info/industry-profiles/Career FAQswww.careerfaqs.com.au/ 18
Informational interviewing• Talk to those working in your industry to learn more about a job, organisation or industry.• Used to: ̶ Gather information about your profession ̶ Learn what skills are needed in the job ̶ Gain insight into how people feel about their work and what they do in a typical day ̶ Find employment leads ̶ Expand your professional network 19
Informational interviewingWhat can you ask for?• Information• Advice, ideas and feedback• Referrals• AssistanceHow to prepare:• Plan what you will discuss• Prepare some questions• Research the person being interviewed• Think through what insights they can offer you 20
Career decision makingDiscussion:• What career decisions have you made in the past?• How did you reach those decisions?• What information did you use to help you? 22
Career decisions can be difficult because…• The information available to us is rarely perfect or complete• Very difficult to predict the consequences of our choices until we actually make them.• Impact of: o family factors o social factors – e.g. networks, role models, gender, ethnicity, disability o economic factors – e.g. state of labour market, personal finances o organisational factors – e.g. size of employer, job stabilityCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 23
Bad decisions can happen if you….• get stressed• are fearful of making a wrong decision• make decisions at the last minute• use a dartboard• toss a coin• avoid making any decision until it‟s too late• focus only on the immediate• only listen to the last person you talked to• delegate control of the decision to someone else• follow the pack without thinking for yourself 24
Qualities of good career decision making• Aware you need to make a decision that could impact on your career• Honestly reflect on your own values, interests and skills• Motivated to explore, find out about options• Aware of your own personal style of decision making• Aware of how your own thoughts and feelings influence your behaviour• Willing to assume responsibility 25
Effective Decision Making1. Recognise that you need to make a decision, and that it‟s your responsibility2. Define the problem – what are your needs & goals?3. Gather information – research and explore widely4. Analyse the information, looking at all possible alternatives5. Develop a prioritised short list – narrow the field6. Choose the alternative that best meets most of your needs & goals7. Make the decision and follow through!CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 26
Decision making• Review the careers that appear to fit with your personality, skills and values• List the pros and cons of each and try to prioritise them• Weigh up the likelihood of finding work in your chosen field• Speak to people whose opinion you value• Decide whether you need (or want) to undertake further study• Make an appointment with a Careers Consultant 27
Career readiness plans• Navigation tools that give you a sense of direction.• Outline WHAT you to achieve and HOW to get there.• Help you to stay focused and motivated.• Can help you prepare contingency plans.• Broad vs specific goals.• Long, medium and short-term.• Can be used in other aspects of your life: fitness, work, personal, etc. 29
Developing a career readiness plan1. Prioritise.2. Break down goals into mini-steps.3. Identify STRATEGIES you need to use in order achieve your goals (how can I get there?),4. List RESOURCES you can use to help you (what will I need or who could help me?)5. Remember to plan for potential BARRIERS (what could go wrong?).6. List DATES when you will check back on your progress. 30
Timing – Start Planning Now!Write some personal and professional goalsDon‟t leave career planning until the end of your course My main goals in life are…(write down as many as you like!) A goal I want to achieve by the end of this Semester A goal I want to achieve by the end of 2013 In the next 2 years I want to achieve these goals…CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 31
Career planningCareer planning is not a one-off activityCareer change is inevitableMost people make several job, industry and occupation changesthroughout their working lifeCareer planning will happen on regular basis START NOW!Don‟t leave career planning until the end of your courseYou will need a lot of time and the involvement of many people 32
Effective career management habits• Be a problem solver• Be confident, do not underestimate yourself• Identify and bring out the best in others• Be adaptable to change• Show flexibility• Seize and/or create opportunities• Learn from your mistakes and failures (we all have them!) 34
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