Career Development: Solid Suggestions for Savvy Seniors Becky Campbell Director - CareerWorks
CareerWorks Mission Statement … the career development process promotes a high level of self-knowledge and career competency through self-assessment, career exploration, job-search skill development, and decision-making. CareerWorks provides resources and services based on this foundation.
WHY NOW? Why not now? Career management is your responsibility now and in the future.
“ We no longer look at a job as a function or a certain kind of work. Instead, we see it as a set of skills and competencies.” Intel, like many companies, uses this “skill set” as the basis for training and evaluation.
Monroeville Mall is looking for an energetic, positive, entrepreneur-like intern to assist and learn the basics of Specialty Leasing in a retail environment. This will involve the day-to-day operations like canvassing local area for leads and new tenants, negotiating deals, collecting rents and sales, improving visuals, and meeting and exceeding goals.
Career development begins when a student enters the University. It continues through graduation and extends to a life long career management process. All students are encouraged to use the services of CareerWorks throughout their studies at the university.
The average age of an entrepreneur in the United States has dropped recently from 40 to 34 and continues to fall. (Entrepreneurs Organization, Alexandria, VA)
The “entrepreneurial spirit” remains elusive, according to the Herman Group. “This perspective, and the courage that goes with it, has not been taught by enough schools…” (Herman Trend Alert: The Secondary Talent Problem, June 2005)
Experiential learning has risen to the forefront of entrepreneurship education and colleges and universities are responding to research that encourages both real-world projects and extracurricular learning activities, such as internships, to better teach entrepreneurship.
( The Growth and Advancement of Entrepreneurship in Higher Education: An Environmental Scan of College Initiatives , Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, 2001 .)
Internships integrate the theory of the classroom with the world of work.
Students apply skills and knowledge to a project.
Career development is an integral process within the internship, formal and informal.
Goals: Improve the quality of internships. Train internship supervisors. Integrate entrepreneurial skills. Develop a better process for students, faculty, employers. Collect data for all experiential learning at the University.
“ Internships are the number one reason people stay and get jobs in this region.” JoAnne W. Boyle, President Seton Hill University Internship to Full-Time Employment Conversion Rates 20.1% 52.5% Summer Employees Interns Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers, 1999 (1717 employers)
What you will need (the person and the organization) is the ability to bend and not break, to let go readily of the outdated and learn the new, to bounce back quickly from disappointment, to live with high levels of uncertainty, and to find your security from within rather than from outside.