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Medgar Evers CollegeCareer Management Services Center Career Preparatory Plan
“You cannot escape theresponsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” ~Abraham Lincoln
What is The Career Preparatory Plan?The Career Preparatory Plan is a tool students can use to assistwith progressing professionally while completing their collegeeducation.Proper planning is a key to success. It is recommended thatstudents use The Career Preparatory Plan as a guide in theirdecision making process.Using “The Plan” as a sort of road-map will help students see aclear progression in their professional life.“The Plan” can also give students a sense of accomplishmentwhen skills have been attained as well as show where additionalassistance may be needed. Proper planning can assist students in:Choose a major that’s right for themBecome educated in chosen professional fieldsDecide on post-graduation plansLearn about future employers’ expectationsDevelop experience in the fieldAcquire skills necessary to be successful in a professionKeep up with industry trendsExpand professional networkConduct successful job search
Keep in mind… The Career Preparatory Plan is a guide intended to help. If you feel overwhelmed by any part, do nothesitate to make an appointment witha career coach who is ready to assist you in creating a personalized, step-by-step plan of action!
Year 1 ExplorationFall Create a profile on College Central Network, completewith an approved resume [Doc A] Complete FOCUS Assessment [Doc B] Attend CMSC workshop [Doc C] Attend Career Expo Attend Club FairSpring Declare a major if one has not been decided on Start Career Exploration [Doc B] Conduct Summer Job Search [Doc D] Engage in a volunteer opportunity Attend Student Professional Development Workshop Attend CMSC Workshop Attend Club EventSummer Meet with Career Coach to create a personalized careerplan Create a career e-portfolio Conduct a job/internship/volunteerism search for the Fall Take a course to enhance your skills (computer, writing,math)
Year 2 Research and PlanFall Update your resume Pursue an internship in an area of interest Attend CMSC workshop Attend Career Expo Attend a Leadership Conference Join a club affiliated with your major Make appointment with academic advisor to review your academic progression plan Winter Make an appointment with a career coach, update your resume and your career plan Spring Conduct internship/job search for the summer & fall Consider study abroad (and start saving!) [Doc E] Find a mentor/broaden your network [Doc F] Engage in a volunteer opportunity Attend CMSC workshop Attend Student Professional Development Workshop Summer Engage in summer internship or study abroad Review & re-assess your career plan Update career portfolio Secure internship/employment for the Fall Take a course to enhance your skills (speech, time management, parliamentary procedure)
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matterscompared to what lies within us. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Year 3 Engage & ExperienceFall Update your resume Attend Career Expo Attend CMSC workshop Attend Leadership Conference Consider holding office in a professional organization Make appointment with academic counselor to make sure you areon track with all courses needed for graduation.Winter Make an appointment with a career coach to make sure you are ontrack with your career planSpring Start to research post-graduation career opportunities [Doc G] Attend Graduate School workshops (We offer free grad school practice tests) Attend Graduate School fair Attend CMSC workshops Attend Student Professional Development Workshop Engage in a volunteer opportunity Review your peer and professional networksSummer Review skill set needed for careers you are interested in Take a course to enhance your skills (i.e. graduate school testprep, goal setting, IT licenses) Conduct internship/job search for upcoming year
Year 4 Apply & AchieveFall Update resume Develop and execute a job search plan Attend CMSC workshops Attend Career Expo Attend Networking events Take GRE or other educational examsWinter Make an appointment with a career coach to work on acommencement planSpring Expand your network Refine your skills
Doc A College Central Network To access the College Central Network website, go to http://www.mec.cuny.edu/cmscStep 1Click on the hyperlink at the top of the page that says “CollegeCentral Network”Step 2Click on the icon that says “Students”Step 3Click on the area that says “Register Now”Step 4Create an access ID and a Password. Make sure you writedown this information for future reference.Step 5Create a profile and fill in all mandatory areas (indicated with a redstar). Choosing a job target will allow you to receive targetedemails about jobs of your interest.Step 6Registration CompleteCongratulations! You are now registered to use our services.Click the HOME button, located in the upper left hand cornerto access your home page.Step 7To Upload A Resume, scroll down to “Manage My Resume” andclick on, “Upload a Resume”.Step 8To Search for Jobs, click on “Opportunities Posted to MySchool” and “Search Active Jobs”.
Doc B focus career & education planning tool “Career exploration and planning involves thinking about which educational and occupational paths will provide you with self-fulfillment in all aspects of your life, not only in the present, but also in the future.” FOCUS is a web-based career and educational planning tool designed to help you choose a major, select the right courses and plan your career path. Students who use FOCUS make better decisions about their goals and plans, and learn how to self- manage their careers. Access FOCUS & Create Your Student User Account 1. Go to www.mec.cuny.edu/careerservices 2. Locate the Self-Assessment area and click where it says “FOCUS” 3. Click where it says, “If you are a first time user and need to create an account, click here.” 4. Enter the following Access Code: mec45Note: Create a profile, choosing a user name and password you will easilyremember. Make note of your user name and password for future reference.Once on the site you will be able to use the following modules:Career Readiness: Start thinking about your careerSelf Assessment: Learn something about yourselfExplore the Possibilities: Research any careerCareer Portfolio: Manage your researched careersRecommended tools and website: Helpful linksWhen you have completed all assessments you should make an appointmentwith a career coach to go over your outcomes and develop a plan of action.
Doc C Workshop Calendar For the latest updates on event and activities check out our calendarhttp://meccmsc.webs.com/apps/calendar/
Doc D Conducting A Job SearchConducting a job search can be a lot of work. However if you prepare yourself forthe task you will achieve your goal and should be able to find a job that best suitsyou.Here are a few abbreviated* steps you should to take in order to conduct asuccessful job search. PrepareResumeWhen starting your search you should already have an approved resume that canbe modified if need be to fit the job that you are applying for.Cover LetterYou should know how to format a cover letter which again will be tailored to the jobdescription.Mock InterviewYou should also start to practice your interviewing skills now, so as soon as you arecalled for an interview you will be ready. SearchWhat are you looking forRemember the job you do today starts to build the foundation of where you want togo. Money should not be your only driving force for a job. Start to think of howyour job matches with your major and can contribute to you having a career.What are you qualified forEven if you are a non-traditional student remember that you will probably still haveto start with an entry level job in your field of choice. This may mean a salary thatyou are not use to, but the pay off is the experience gained and again laying thefoundation for your career.DocumentMake sure you keep a record of jobs you apply for, the contact information, and thedocuments you sent.*For more information on conducting a job search attend one of our workshops ormake an appointment with a coach.
Doc E Study AbroadMedgar Evers College has a Study Abroad program which is open to all students and a great opportunity to expand on your experiences. http://www.mec.cuny.edu/study_abroad/ Deborah Stengle Director 718.270.5136 firstname.lastname@example.org
Doc F Obtaining a MentorChoosing a Mentor• Be clear on why you want a mentor.• When asking someone to be your mentor, explain why you’re asking and what you’d expect out of the relationship• Before asking someone to be your mentor, consider first simply asking for their input on a single specific. After a few times you can assess if you want to ask them to be a mentor.• When looking for a mentor look to older family members or friends, neighbors, spiritual leaders, community leaders, the networks of your friends and colleagues, or officials of professional or trade associations you belong to. Avoid asking your direct supervisor at work. You want to be free to discuss workplace issues as well as your plans for future advancement.The Relationship• Look for ways you can reciprocate the help your mentor offers. At the very least, you can occasionally spring for lunch or, say, send a fruit basket. You don’t want to be all take-take-take.• Show gratitude. Never let your mentor feel taken for granted! Also, supply feedback. If your mentor suggested something that really worked out for you, report back. People love hearing about their part in a success story.• Don’t become too dependent on your mentor. The idea is that one day you will eventually be able to fly on your own. In fact, you may not take every bit of advice your mentor offers. Continue to think for yourself.Keep in mind• Mentoring can take many forms. It can be a monthly lunch, a quarterly phone call, a weekly handball game, or merely a steady E-mail correspondence. Your mentor does not even have to live in your city or region.• You can have more than one mentor. In fact, you can have a whole committee if you want, and call it your Board of Directors. Choose different mentors for different facets of your professional (and even personal) life.• Finally, if someone refuses the request to be your mentor, don’t be hurt or offended. This is not personal! Potential good mentors are very busy people. Thank him or her for the consideration, and ask for a referral.Modified from:http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2010/01/13/13-tips-on-finding-a-mentor
Doc G Graduate School Information The Career Center host workshops on Writing Your Personal Statement Financing Graduate School andMaintains a website with Graduate School Information http://cmscgradinfo.webs.com