Purpose of This Presentation• Introduce parents to Career Services at SEU• Explain the career planning process• Encourage you to send your sons and daughters to Career Services in their freshman year (Note: This presentation is not delivered to freshmen, only to parents.)
Career Services Staff Barbara Henderson, Director Liz Narduzzo, Office Manager John Lucas, Keri Swanson, Emily Salazar Undergraduate Career CounselorsLaurie Doran, Andrew Harper, EmployerGraduate Career Relations Manager; SallyCounselor Perez-Ramos, Internship Coordinator
Services and Resources• Individual career counseling• Career assessments and long term planning• Decision-making: majors and careers• Job search, resume, interviewing guidance• Job and internship database:• Graduate/professional school guidance• GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT prep classes• Website: http://think.stedwards.edu/careerservices
More Services• CPAM 1110 class (career planning for credit) – Section 01: Independent Study – Section 02: Graduate School/GRE preparation• Workshops, employer panels, class presentations• Annual Events: – Job & Internship Fair; Internship fair – Graduate and Professional Fair – Networking and business etiquette events
How We Reach Out to Students• Hilltop Careers and e-mails• SEU weekly student E-news & faculty newsletter• Social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest• Campus flyers, posters, and information stations• Class presentations• Collaboration with Academic Planning/Support, FYSM classes, collaboration with all support services
It’s Long-term• Some statistics (Kate Brooks of UT and Dr. Fritz Grupe, mymajors.com) – 80% of college students don’t know what they want to major in, even when they say they do (SEU: 200+ AEP) – 80% of college students change majors at least once – Undergraduates try 4-5 majors by taking a course – On average, college students change majors 3 times – 44% of students change majors between their 2nd semester freshman year and graduation day – 80% of college graduates will not be working in their major field of study 10 years after they graduate – College graduates change careers 4-5 times in their lifetime
In College - 2 Decisions Made1. 1st decision = Major / 2nd decision = Career – Major : means choosing academic field of study – Career: means deciding on a job/industry after graduation2. Major does NOT equal Career – St. Edward’s is not a Vo-Tech; it’s a Liberal Arts school3. Think of a career as a Job Title: – You major in Psychology; business card says “Outreach Coordinator” – You major in Art; business card says “M.D./Physician” – You major in Business Admin.; business card says “Teacher”
A Word About Undecided/AEP• SEU undecided students referred to as “AEP”• Lots of external/internal pressure on AEP students• They feel alone, but they’re one of many• It’s really OKAY to be undecided as a freshman• “Declared” students also benefit from meeting with Career Counselor about their major (just in case)
A Word About “Special” Majors• Special majors: students interested in Art, Theater, Photography, Music, Sports…• Should parents be concerned?• How to advise students?
Researching Majors/Careers• Information interviews• Career Services website -Occupational Outlook Handbook -What Can I Do With a Major In?• google.com• Books, literature in Career Services library
Choosing a Career• It takes longer to decide on a career• It requires research, information interviews, internships, extracurricular experience• It’s more involved than just taking a class• It may not happen until junior, senior year
Why is Experience Important?• For decision-making, for experience in a targeted field, and for resume building• Best career decisions made are based on experience• When job searching, employers will want experience• Students involved in extracurricular activities often do better in classes; their interest is peaked• Experience can be achieved in many ways: internships, study abroad, volunteer service, campus activities, part-time jobs
Internships Are Most Important!• Formal/Informal; Paid/Unpaid; Credit/Non-Credit• How many: Every student should do AT LEAST ONE related to their specific career path• To be competitive: do 2-3 internships, or more• When: Formal ones=junior, senior years; Informal ones, no special time• Employers or degree plan may set the criteria• Career Services: Internship Coordinator, Hilltop Careers, Internship and Job/Internship Fairs
Beyond Major & Career Exploration• Job search (Tip: Students should browse job descriptions even in freshman, sophomore years. They shouldn’t wait until senior year to see what employers expect.)• Job market• Networking: in person and online• Planning/preparing for graduate school or professional school (law, medical, dental, etc.)
Planning and TimelinesFall 2012 Focus on required coursework, grades; visit Career ServicesSpring 2013 Decide on major or at least Academic Area: Humanities, BSS, Natural Science, Education, Business/ManagementSummer 2013Fall 2013Spring 2014Summer 2014Fall 2014 Decide on job path or higher education path --Job: focus on relevant internships/Education: Research schoolsSpring 2015 Take prep course for GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMATSummer 2015 Internship and/or: Have taken graduate/professional school admission test GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, etc.Fall 2015 Internship and/or: Apply to graduate/professional schoolSpring 2016 Internship and Graduate from St. Edward’s --JOB? or HIGHER EDUCATION?Summer 2016Fall 2016 Enter graduate/professional school
The Graduating Senior• In 4 years your student becomes “a resume”• For jobs, graduate/professional school, resume must be competitive: – Tight job market: Central Texas and beyond; even Peace Corps and Teach for America… – Higher education also competitive• What will your son/daughter’ s resume look like in four years?
Resume – 4 Years From Now Heidi Hilltopper 3001 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78704 (512)448-8530 firstname.lastname@example.org EDUCATIONBachelor of Business Administration, Finance May 2016Summa Cum Laude, 4.0GPA; St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX Education alone on a resume ≠ a competitive job or graduate school. Education without experience RELATED to career track, i.e. fast food cashier, or receptionist, or lifeguard or babysitter job ≠ competitive job or graduate school admission.
Final Exam• What’s the name of database with jobs/internships?• How many internships should a college student do?• What’s the name of the career class taught by career counselors?• True or False: If a student is thinking about Art as a major, you should tell them to pick a “real major” like Business Administration?• Where is the office of Career Services?• When should a new SEU student visit Career Services?