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  • 1. Career Exploration: Keys to future success! James Barraclough Career Services Specialist
  • 2. Why should you care? <ul><li>Spend great deal of time/money at Washburn </li></ul><ul><li>What are you going to do after graduation? </li></ul><ul><li>Takes 6-9 months of active searching to find a position </li></ul><ul><li>Takes 2-4 years to build your resume! </li></ul>
  • 3. Career Services <ul><li>Online job posting website - FREE </li></ul><ul><li>Resume/cover letter assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Mock interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Part-time jobs/internships </li></ul><ul><li>Job search strategies </li></ul>
  • 4. Events <ul><li>Career Fair – every September/February </li></ul><ul><ul><li>February 18, 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10:00am to 2:00pm in Lee Arena </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshops – all in Cottonwood Room, Union </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Feb. 9 – Optimal Resume, Noon – 1:00pm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Feb. 12 – Networking at the Career Fair, 12:30 – 1:30pm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Health Care Career Fair – in October </li></ul><ul><li>Education Interview Day – every December/March </li></ul>
  • 5. Career Research <ul><li>Research fields you are considering </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find Out: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Daily responsibilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Job outlook/supply vs. demand </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working environment/hours </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Salary/benefits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Continuing education requirements/opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Career advancement </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 6. Career Research <ul><li>Occupational Outlook Handbook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>US Department of Labor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.bls.gov/OCO/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lists information on over 250 occupations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Training and education needed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Earnings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expected job prospects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What workers do on the job </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working conditions </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 7. Other Resources <ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Advisors </li></ul><ul><li>Employers </li></ul><ul><li>Will help you network for jobs/be your REFERENCES in your job search! </li></ul><ul><li>How else can you get information? </li></ul>
  • 8. What Employers Want <ul><li>Almost 75% of employers prefer to hire candidates with relevant work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 20% prefer to hire candidates with any type of work experience. </li></ul><ul><li>(NACE Research, Job Outlook 2007, National Association of Colleges and Employers) </li></ul>
  • 9. What Employers Want <ul><li>GPA is important! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employers frequently screen college candidates by GPA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most common cutoff is: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3.0/4.0 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(NACE Research, Job Outlook 2007, National Association of Colleges and Employers) </li></ul></ul>
  • 10. What Employers Want <ul><li>Communication (verbal/written) </li></ul><ul><li>Honesty/integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal skills </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation/initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Strong work ethic </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork skills </li></ul><ul><li>Computer skills </li></ul><ul><li>Analytical skills </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility/adaptability </li></ul><ul><li>Detail-oriented </li></ul><ul><li>(NACE Research, Job Outlook 2007, National Association of Colleges and Employers) </li></ul>
  • 11. What YOU can do! <ul><li>Get involved in student organizations/professional associations </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer/work part-time in your field of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Get to know your professors </li></ul><ul><li>Build and maintain positive working relationships with your supervisors/employers </li></ul>
  • 12. What YOU can do! <ul><li>Attend Career Fairs, speak with many employers </li></ul><ul><li>Practice your interview skills </li></ul><ul><li>Have Career Services help with resume </li></ul><ul><li>Know the salary range, ask for what you are worth! </li></ul><ul><li>Do your research! </li></ul>
  • 13. Career Services Can Help! <ul><li>James Barraclough </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Services Specialist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Morgan 123 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>670-1450 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>

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