Academic Planning, Fys, Spring 2008

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Academic Planning, Fys, Spring 2008

  1. 1. GRAHAM GARNER FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR SPRING 2008, SECTION 8 Academic Planning: Setting Your Career Course Adapted from “Thriving in College & Beyond,” by Joseph B. Cuseo, Viki Sox Fecas, and Aaron Thompson
  2. 2. Types of Courses <ul><li>Liberal arts or general education requirements </li></ul><ul><li>College major requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Free electives </li></ul>
  3. 3. Myths <ul><li>Myth 1: When you choose your major, you’re choosing your career </li></ul><ul><li>Myth 2: If you want to continue your education after college, you must continue in the same field as your college major </li></ul><ul><li>Myth 3: To work in a business or corporation, you need to major in business or a technical field </li></ul><ul><li>Myth 4: If you major in a liberal arts field, the only career available to you is teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Myth 5: Having specialized skills is more important for career success than having general skills </li></ul>
  4. 4. Myths <ul><li>Myth 1: When you choose your major, you’re choosing your career </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compare to climbing a tree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trunk = foundation of liberal arts or general education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limbs = choices for college majors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Branches = different career paths or options </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Myths <ul><li>Myth 2: If you want to continue your education after college, you must continue in the same field as your college major </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enter a career immediately </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue your education in graduate school or professional school </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Myths <ul><li>Myth 3: To work in a business or corporation, you need to major in business or a technical field </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Employers are for more interest in the prospect’s ability to think and to think clearly, to write and speak well, and how he works with others than in his major or the name of the school he went to.” </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Myths <ul><li>Myth 4: If you major in a liberal arts field, the only career available to you is teaching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Studies show liberal arts majors are just as likely to advance to the highest levels of corporate leadership as majors in pre-professional fields. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Myths <ul><li>Myth 5: Having specialized skills is more important for career success than having general skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>While specific, technical skills may be important for getting into a career, the general professional skills are more important for moving up the career ladder. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Reflections <ul><li>Look over your courses. Are you still interested in your major? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you surprised about what courses are a part of the major, or are they what you expected? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there questions you have about the major that have not been answered yet? </li></ul>

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