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  • 1. Welcome Class of 2015Career Services: Explore. Experience. Achieve. www.career.vt.edu
  • 2. Aspirations for Student Learning and Career Services … • Commit to unwavering CURIOSITY • Pursue SELF-UNDERSTANDING and INTEGRITY • Practice CIVILITY • Prepare for a life of COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP • Embrace UT PROSIM as a way of life Explore. Experience. Achieve.2 www.career.vt.edu
  • 3. Career Development Model One-on-One appointments can be made to assist you in every step of your Career Development Process Gaining Experience Career and Developing Job Explore Exploration Search Skills Self-Understanding Successful Curiosity Employment Experience Civility Courageous Leadership Job Search Achieve3 Ut Prosim
  • 4. Self-Understanding … 1. Self Assessment • A realistic appraisal of yourself and the starting point for career planning. • Online and paper career assessments are available to help you narrow down your major and careerExplore options, specific to your personality, skills, interests, and values. Explore. Experience. Achieve.4 www.career.vt.edu
  • 5. Curiosity … 2. Career Research • This takes time and dedication, as you gather information about academic options and career fields that compliment your self-assessment results. • Career Resource Center contains hard copyExplore resources (most available for overnight and weekend checkout) covering all areas of the career development process. • Career Services Website has multiple links that provide further information on majors and career options. Explore. Experience. Achieve.5 www.career.vt.edu
  • 6. Self-Understanding continued … 3. Decision Making • Takes place after you have become familiar with your personality, skills, interests, and values, and once your research is completed. • Career Services offers a 3 credit course, “ExploringExplore Careers: Making Decisions and Plans”, which teaches students different methods for researching and making decisions on major and/or career options. Explore. Experience. Achieve.6 www.career.vt.edu
  • 7. Self-Understanding continued … 4. Goal Setting and Action Plans • Define your career goal(s) and set a realistic action plan with steps and deadlines to meet your goal(s). • Career Services can assist you in making and setting S.M.A.R.T.Explore (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goals, both short and long term, through one-on-one appointments with one of our advisors. Explore. Experience. Achieve.7 www.career.vt.edu
  • 8. What is Experiential Education?Experience Integrating Work & Learning Explore. Experience. Achieve.8 www.career.vt.edu
  • 9. Career Related Experience …Experience What does “career related experience” mean to you? Explore. Experience. Achieve.9 www.career.vt.edu
  • 10. Here are some choices you have for gaining experience … • Internship (paid/unpaid, academic credit/no credit) •Experience Cooperative Education (Co-op) • Summer Job/Part-time employment • Externship (Job Shadowing) • Volunteer Work (www.engage.vt.edu) • Study/Work Abroad • Research • Student Service Learning • Field Study Explore. Experience. Achieve.10 www.career.vt.edu
  • 11. Why Gaining Experience is Important… • 97.5% of employers factor candidate experience in hiring • 76.6% of employers prefer to hire candidates withExperience relevant work experience • Of the 90% of Virginia Tech graduates who had career related experience 57% wished they had gained more • Look ahead and begin exploring opportunities now Explore. Experience. Achieve.11 www.career.vt.edu
  • 12. Be Curious … • Explore your possibilities • Career Paths • OrganizationsExperience • Various Majors, Minors, and Concentrations • Ask questions of people within your career interests • Learn why people enjoy what they do Explore. Experience. Achieve.12 www.career.vt.edu
  • 13. Self-Understanding … Experiential Education allows you to… • Learn about yourselfExperience • Strengths and weaknesses • Work environment preferences • Values and what is important to you • Reflect on your experiences and how they fit into your career aspirations Explore. Experience. Achieve.13 www.career.vt.edu
  • 14. What is the Cooperative Education/Internship Program? • A formal academic program which integrates classroom learning with a full-time work experienceExperience • Participating students maintain full-time enrollment status with Virginia Tech and receive official recognition on their transcript • Students may begin working the summer following their freshman year Explore. Experience. Achieve.14 www.career.vt.edu
  • 15. Here are some interesting companies where Hokies have gotten experience in the past …Experience Explore. Experience. Achieve.15 www.career.vt.edu
  • 16. Want to learn more? • Visit us at Career ServicesExperience • Talk to a Co-op/Internship Advisor in Career Services • Attend a Co-op/Internship Orientation session this Fall Explore. Experience. Achieve.16 www.career.vt.edu
  • 17. How Do You Achieve Your Future Goals? – START EARLY … • Perform to the best of your ability in all your classes • Pursue organizational leadership on campus • Gain career-related experienceAchieve • Have a strong sense of what you want to do OR at least a strong sense of what you don’t! Explore. Experience. Achieve.17 www.career.vt.edu
  • 18. Post Graduation Plans and Preparing for Courageous Leadership … • Achieving your post-graduation goals can be easy: • Early and frequent contact with Career Services • Familiarize yourself with our services and resources to help you reach your goalsAchieve • Learn the tools for pursuing employment and/or graduate school Explore. Experience. Achieve.18 www.career.vt.edu
  • 19. Employment Tools … • Hokies4Hire Database • On-Campus Interviews Where the jobs are! • Mock Interviews including InterviewStream • CareerShiftAchieve • Going Global • Career Fair Information • Hokie Nation Network Explore. Experience. Achieve.19 www.career.vt.edu
  • 20. Top Employers of Virginia Tech Graduates: VT = Tied #3 • United States Air Force • IBM • United States Navy • CGI • United States Army • Freddie MacAchieve • Northrop Grumman • Lockheed Martin • Accenture • Tied - Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Teach for America Source: Virginia Tech Post-Graduation Report, 2009-10 Explore. Experience. Achieve.20 www.career.vt.edu
  • 21. Embrace UT PROSIM as a Way of Life … • Peace Corps • Teach for America • AmeriCorpsAchieve • Missionary Work • Campus Crusades for Christ Explore. Experience. Achieve.21 www.career.vt.edu
  • 22. Graduate School Prep Tools … • Graduate admissions test prep seminars and GRE Test Drives • Graduate program directories such as Petersons Guides with program profiles • Personal statement examples and critiquesAchieve • Extensive online resources • Departmental Career Advisors • Office of Health Professions Advising (OHPA) Explore. Experience. Achieve.22 www.career.vt.edu
  • 23. CAREER SERVICES Smith Career Center Corner of Washington Street & West Campus Drive23
  • 24. Things you want to do … Hokies4Hire First Friday of Classes 10 AM – 3 PM “Where the jobs are!” “Like” Career Services on Facebook Explore. Experience. Achieve.24 www.career.vt.edu