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We present this PowerPoint to parents at orientation sessions to help familiarize attendees with our office.

We present this PowerPoint to parents at orientation sessions to help familiarize attendees with our office.

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  • Start by introducing yourself and saying that you’re representing the University Career Center. You’re here to discuss common career planning issues for college students, especially first year students, and the resources, tools and services we have that can address those issues. This is an interactive presentation – we will be asking you questions throughout this presentation on questions related to career planning, your own career path, etc. Note that UCC information can be found on pp. 30-31 of their binder. Let’s get started!
  • Let’s start with a question – think back to the past 2-3 months, or even the car ride over to this event, what is a concern that your son or daughter has about choosing a career path? Solicit responses – ask audience to call out their concerns. Repeat back to the audience so that the rest of the audience can hear. Thank you for your comments. As you might have heard, there is quite a bit of anxiety surrounding the issue of career planning for a college student today. The University Career Center is that comprehensive place on campus where students can go and discuss any career related issue. From resumes to cover letters to help with choosing a major, we will be at their side to assist them.
  • This is a long explanation (but good). This is also stored in G:\\UCC\\Presentations\\Handouts to accompany presentations\\NSO_notesCareer planning can feel very intimidating and overwhelming to students (and parents). This image graphically demonstrates that college students make many small career decisions when they are here at KU.  Students have many questions and concerns: what classes should I take? What major should I choose? I’m not even sure if I like this anymore…I feel like I’m making a decision for the rest of my life… help! All of these decisions can overwhelm students, especially if they’re trying to make them at same time, with little information.  There are two important concepts on this slide:It’s usually a good idea that when you feel overwhelmed by a large decision, you break it down into smaller parts, or “baby” steps in this case. When making decisions, direct experience is the best information to have  Choose KU. That was a career decision - we know that college students use information about academics to make decisions about colleges these days. They chose KU, with over 140 major, many of which are offered only here.  Choose an interest area. This is one of the first conversations they’ll have with an advisor - helps them get communication about campus resources, contacts, meetings about broad interest areas such pre-med, arts, sciences, business, education, etc. Some of these are majors, some aren’t. There’s a lot going on this campus and there are many majors – the interest code keeps them “in the loop” about important meetings, deadlines and other related information about these broad areas (you could cite the example of Pre-Law club, Pre-Med club, etc.)  Choose a major. Students should be confidently deciding about a major no later than their second year. Studies show that if they do, they’ll finish college and will finish on time. (PRE 210 study, 1999).  Choose a focus area within the major. All majors have areas of specialty (For example, in Geography there is GIS, physical geography, human geography, cartography, political geography, etc. Each of these suggest different career paths. They’ll be getting into this course work around their junior year. Wouldn’t it be nice if a student had good information from a personal experience when making this decision? Choosing an entrance into an occupation. For some, it will be through an internship, or graduate school, or management training program. It could be that they have to do this several times before landing on the right one. Career planning doesn’t end just because you graduate college. Changes in economy, geography, interests, life circumstances, etc., all point to the reason why today’s worker will work an average of 5-7 careers by the time they retire. Career planning is a life-long process with multiple chances to change course.  <Click> Our research shows that students need the kind of knowledge gained from EXPERIENCE. Practical, hands-on, real experience is what students trust. Describe a sample of these experiences – not all of them! We know this (you and me)– maybe your son or daughter doesn’t know it or trust it yet. How do we get them to engage in these experiences? How do we get them to act? Take that first step? We’ll come back to that. <Click for next slide>
  • Based on our experience, we have found that we give this advice quite a bit to college students and their parents to help them move beyond this anxiety. Each one of these tips point to a practical, hands-on, down to earth step and services and resources that we offer that your student could take advantage of. Okay, let’s keep moving. You don’t need to read these on the slide since you’ll be discussing each individually.
  • We start with strengths in order to get the student to take the first step. Research shows that people using strengths in any context (job, academics, extracurricular, relationships), they are going to be more engaged and more motivated. People who are engaged are more likely to be happier, healthier (fewer sick days), more productive, more creative, and more resilient and adapatableEvidence of strengths exist in things you’re fascinated by, skills you’ve come by naturally, personality attributes, classes you’re good at, etc.
  • The goal of career coaching is to empower people to use their own internal strengths, resources and other assets in finding solutions to their career concerns. The market value of all these career assessments outside of KU range from $600-$3000, if you can find the assessments offered. Most common context is within college career centers.
  • 70-90% of all jobs are never posted – so how do people find jobs? Research shows that year after year, referrals are the number one source of hires. Students have the opportunity to network with over 700 employers at career fairs, on-campus interviews, and information sessions throughout the year.
  • Research shows that working 10-20 hrs/wk during college contributes to:-the development of career-related skills-Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005-Working 10-20 hrs/wk provides peak academic performance, including higher GPAs, more time spent studying, and greater degree attainment-On-campus employment is associated with higher GPAs, retention, study time and degree attainment than employment at off-campus sites.Other data:-70-80% of undergraduates work during their college career (American Council on Education, 2006)
  • Before you click. “Think back to the time you were 18…think about your career plans, aspirations ,dreams… did you have them…? (potential audience laughter). <Click> “How many of you have the career you thought you would have at age 18? As in, you are working in the exact same thing you thought for yourself at 18?.”. You could share what you wanted to be at 18 “I wanted to be a ….and you can see how that turned out…” Ask them to raise their hands. Probably not many will go up. <Click>
  • Needs work.
  • Choosing a major
  • End withgiving the audience a brief overview of our office (where we’re located, our hours, etc.) – you might give them landmarks to help them figure out where we’re located (we’re located in the Burge Union – over by Allen Field House and Jayhawker Towers). Thank you – questions?


  • 1. Careers, Majors,
    & Employment:
    An Intro to the
    University Career Center
    110 Burge Union
    M-F: 8am-5pm
    Open Year-Round
  • 2. What is a concern that your student has with choosing a career path?
  • 3. Career Decisions in College
    Trust Experience
    Part-time jobs
    Career Fairs
    Choose an entrance into an occupation
    Decisions that overwhelm students
    Research experiences
    Informational interviews
    Job shadowing
    Choose a focus area within the major
    Join student organizations
    Talk to faculty members
    Choose a major
    Experiences that produce confidence
    Take a variety of courses
    Review course descriptions
    Talk to an academic advisor
    Choose an
    interest area
    Choose KU
  • 4.
    • Start with strengths
    • 5. Do the research
    • 6. Build relationships
    • 7. Get experience
    • 8. Present a professional image
    • 9. Finish with confidence
  • 10. Start with Strengths
    Motivation is key
    • Strengths = Engagement
    • 11. Engagement = resilience, performance, happiness, health
    • 12. Interests, personality, skills,academics
  • Start with Strengths
    Motivation is key
    • Career coaching
    • 13. Career assessments
    • 14. $25 (one), $45 (two), $65 (three)
    • 15. PRE 210: Career & Life Planning
  • How many careers do you think exist today?
  • 16. Do the Research
    Leave No Stone Unturned
    • Over 21,000 careers
    • 17. Constantly evolving
    • 18. Need accurate & complex information
  • Do the Research
    Leave No Stone Unturned
    • 19. Careers & KU Majors
    • 20. Employer Research
    • 21. KU Career Connections
    • 22. UCC Career Resource Library
  • How did you find your last job?
  • 23. Build Relationships
    Get connected!
    • 70-90% of all jobs are never posted
    • 24. Referrals are the #1 source of new hires
    • 25. KU students have the opportunity to meet with over 700 employers every year
  • Build Relationships
    Get connected!
    • Career Fairs (15+)
    • 26. On-Campus Interviews (450+)
    • 27. Employer Information Sessions (50+)
    • 28. Etiquette Dinners
    • 29.
  • What can your student do to get experience?
  • 30. Get Experience
    Engagement = opportunity
    • Internships are the #1 way of recruiting full-time employees
    • 31. Working during college contributes to:
    • 32. Higher GPAs, study time and degree completion
    • 33. Development of career-related skills
  • Get Experience
    Engagement = opportunity
    • 1400+ internship opportunities
    • 34. Internship Center
    • 35. 1500+ part-time jobs on and off campus
  • Present a Professional Image
    One chance at a first impression
    • Resume - gone in 30 seconds...
    • 36. Interview - first 2 minutes matter
    • 37. Etiquette - will get you noticed
  • Present a Professional Image
    One chance at a first impression
    • Resume & Cover Letter Assistance
    • 38. Interview Preparation
    • 39. Professional Image Consultation
    • 40. Professional Clothing Closet
  • How confident were you at 18 about your career plans?
  • 41. Finish with Confidence
    Focused and flexible
    • Explore our website
    • 46. Enroll in PRE 210
    • 47. Meet with a career coach
    • 48. Register for KU Career Connections
  • 49. Thank You!
    University Career Center
    110 Burge Union
    M-F: 8am-5pm
    Open Year-Round