12 makingtherightchoiceformajorsandcareers

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the CSSI for Chapter 12 Making the Right Choice for Majors and Careers; used for weeks 11 and 12

the CSSI for Chapter 12 Making the Right Choice for Majors and Careers; used for weeks 11 and 12

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  • 1. Making the Right Choice for Majors and Careers
  • 2. Careers and the New Economy• Characteristics of today’s economy • Global • Unstable • Innovative • Boundaryless • Customized • Fast• You are solely responsible for your career• To advance your career, you must accept the risks that accompany employment and plan for the future• A college degree does not guarantee employment• A commitment to lifelong learning will help keep you employable
  • 3. Aligning Your Sense of Purpose and Your Career• To prepare for a career, ask yourself • Who, how, what, where, when?• Connecting your major and your interests with your career • Most majors do not lead to a specific career• Exploring your interests • Best way to choose an academic major • John Holland’s model of personality and career types• Factors that affect career choices • Values and interests • Skills and aptitudes • Personality • Life goals and work values
  • 4. Your TurnWould you describe your major assomething you’re really passionate about?Why or why not? If your answer is no,why are you pursuing this particularmajor?
  • 5. Your TurnWhat kinds of jobs have you had, eitherfor pay or as a volunteer? Which of yourjobs was your favorite? Which did youdislike? What do your experiences tell youabout your preferences for work in thefuture?
  • 6. Planning for Your Career• Create a career plan • Research possible occupations • Build on your strengths and develop weaker skills • Prepare a marketing strategy that sells you • Write a convincing resume and cover letter• Planning for two-year students• Getting experience • Volunteer • Study abroad • Internships/co-ops • On-campus employment • Research
  • 7. Your TurnWhat kind of “marketing strategy” couldyou develop to sell yourself to a potentialemployer? Which of your characteristicsor aptitudes would you emphasize?
  • 8. Your TurnHave you explored your institution’scareer center? If so, what did you learn? Ifnot, when in your college experience doyou think going to the career center willbe most important? Why?
  • 9. Skills Employers Look For• Content skills • Cognitive, intellectual, or “hard” skills • Acquired as you gain mastery in your academic field • Includes writing proficiency, computer literacy, and foreign language skills• Transferable skills • Skills that apply to or transfer to a variety of settings • Includes solid oral and listening abilities, leadership skills, critical thinking, and problem solving• Key competencies • Includes integrity, innovation, initiative, commitment
  • 10. Working in College• On-campus jobs• Off-campus jobs• Building a resume • For part-time jobs, internships, or letters of recommendation • Chronological format vs. skills format• Writing a cover letter • Find out whom to contact • Get the most recent name and address• Interviewing • Mock interviews • Understand the nature of behavioral interviews • Dress appropriately
  • 11. Tech Tip: Job Search WiselyFinding a job through online job sites • Use the “advanced search” option to narrow down your results • Learn about the application process • Don’t forget to check out the extras • Beware of scams