Choosing a major and career doesn’t have to be spooky


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Choosing a major and career doesn’t have to be spooky

  1. 1. Choosing a Majorand Career doesn’t have to be…
  2. 2. By day I am the Cultureand Retention Managerfor Group Dekko
  3. 3. I am the Lead Singer,Business Manager, and “wanna be country music rock star” in the band Sugar Shot
  4. 4. Did you know that 65% of all collegestudents change their major at leastonce while in college?Why?They find a new or different majorwhich supports their interests, values,passion, or personality.
  5. 5. CAREER PLANNING: MYTHS AND FACTS AGREE OR DISAGREE?1. Whatever my career choice is, that is thesubject that I should major in.2. I need to choose a career that is practical—something that will “pay the bills.”3. I should base my career decision on currenttrends and demands in the job market—that wayI’ll always be employed.4. Career self-assessment means finding out whatI’m good at.5. I won’t really know if I enjoy a career until Igraduate and start working in the field…and Ihope I don’t make a mistake!
  6. 6. Factors Affecting Career Choices• Interests• Skills• Aptitudes• People skills• Experience• Family traditions• Personality• Life goals and work values
  7. 7. Steps to choosing aMAJOR and a CAREER
  8. 8. Choose Career Options That Match Your Values• Knowing what you value most will help you refine your career search and choice: – Helping others – Prestige – High income – Flexible work hours• Establish and align values, career choice, and career goals for motivation.
  9. 9. What to Look for in a Career• Major career field target• Preferred type of work • The type of people you would interact with• Income requirements • Physical requirements• Geographical requirements • Local/national/international organization• Special needs • Benefits and perks• Industry preferences • Advancement opportunities• Stress level • A good boss• Level of interaction with other people • Training• Indoor vs. outdoor • Industry outlook• Amount of independence • Reputation of the firm in the industry• Balance between creative and conventional tasks
  10. 10. O’NET
  11. 11. Factors to Consider Do: Don’t: • explore a number of careers • focus on a major just to get a and majors career out of it • get involved • select a major just because it is “cool” or seems to promise • Get advice from people in your prestige target occupation • let someone else push you into • follow your passion a job • Dare to try something new • Assume that you have it all figured out
  12. 12. According to a recent survey by the Department of Labor, networking accounts for at least 69% of all annual hires.Networking is one of the BEST ways to find a job or internship.
  13. 13. Jennifer Fisher Culture and Retention Manager, Group Dekko jenniferlfisher@live.comDownload this presentation from: Twitter: JenfisherfwBlog: