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College & Career: Pathways to Success

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Cal State LA Parent Academy (first presented April 2015)

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College & Career: Pathways to Success

  1. 1. PARENT ACADEMY 2016 Christopher Lenz, Ed.D., NCC Director Career Development Center April 16, 2016
  2. 2.   Our purpose – Help students be successful  University journey  Career preparation  The essential tool – Knowledge  Challenges  Responses  Resources  Career Preparation Process Welcome! Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter
  3. 3.   Changes – New routines; expectations; relationships  Emotions – Depression; lack of self-esteem; aversion to risk  Commitment– Balancing freedom with responsibility; having clear priorities  Expectations – Some may be different  Knowledge – Awareness of what’s typical; resources; options Challenges Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter
  4. 4.  Responses - Student  Changes  Be aware that change itself can be stressful  Learn about managing change  Seek support  Emotions  New experiences can raise strong emotions  Sometimes we lack good ways of managing  We may feel ashamed  This is all normal – and can be managed successfully Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter
  5. 5.   Commitment • Set clear goals early on; prioritize; keep them in mind • Dedication & perseverance – choose to finish  Expectations • What are yours (time to graduate; difficulty; responding to setbacks; relationship with faculty)? • Realize there are different approaches  Knowledge • Remember there are resources for most issues • Be proactive to search out and use resources Responses - Student Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter
  6. 6.   Understand university demands and expectations of students • Realize they will not be as available as before • Learning is not only in class (studying; group work; campus involvement; meetings; etc.)  Talk to them about progress, challenges, concerns and frustrations. • Students are facing a lot, and your support can be crucial • You will be able to better understand what is going on  Encourage and support • Provide ample time for student to do homework and work on projects • Be flexible in expectations, e.g. family events Responses - Parents Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter
  7. 7.  The campus has many resources: • People – Professors, advisors, staff • Advising Center • Career Development Center • Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) • Writing Center • Tutoring Center • Library • Public Safety Resources Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter
  8. 8.   What concerns you about how college may affect your student?  How do you see your role in your student’s college attendance?  What do you want most for your student? Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter Reflection
  9. 9.   Important features • A process – multiple steps and takes time • Better preparation gives better outcomes • Not usually part of classwork • A degree by itself does not guarantee a job  Which means • Better preparation means being aware of all the elements for success, and using resources • Responsibility for initiating and sustaining the process is with students Career Preparation Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter
  10. 10.  Only one in four employers thinks that colleges are doing a good job preparing students for the challenges of the global economy. 81% of employers think completing an internship or community- based project that connects classroom learning with real-world experiences better prepares students for success Raising the Bar, Hart Research Associates, 2010 Academic Prep vs. Career Prep Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter
  11. 11.   93 % say “…capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than undergraduate major.”  Over 90% say it is important that those they hire demonstrate ethical judgment and integrity; intercultural skills; and the capacity for continued new learning.  More than 75% say they want more emphasis on 5 key areas including: critical thinking, complex problem- solving, written and oral communication, and applied knowledge in real-world settings. AACU Employer Survey, 2013 What Employers Want Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter
  12. 12.  1. Verbal communication 2. Work in a team 3. Make decisions & solve problems 4. Obtain and process information 5. Plan, organize, & prioritize work 6. Aanalyze quantitative data 7. Specific technical knowledge 8. Proficiency with workplace software 9. Create and/or edit written reports 10. Sell or influence others Top 10 Qualities Employers Want Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter
  13. 13.   About us 1. Our sole purpose is career preparation 2. Staffed by knowledgeable, experienced professionals 3. Staff work closely with employers 4. Numerous resources on wide variety of areas 5. Variety of service delivery options – self-directed, one-on- one, group Career Development Center The Resource for Career Success Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter
  14. 14.   Variety of services to help prepare students launch a successful career: • Counseling and Assessment • Identifying Career • Choosing major • Development of career pathways • Job Prep – Resume, interviewing, networking, social media • Connect with employers – info sessions, fairs, On Campus Interview program Career Development Center The Resource for Career Success Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter
  15. 15.   Some examples  CareerExpress • Virtual career center; available 24/7 • Every important aspect of career search  Eagle iJobs – Online career services management system  Job & internships, targeted to our students. Prior year: • 1,225 new employers registered; 4,370 employers total • 1,225 internships • 3,750 job postings  Automated job search; document management  Personalized communications  Complete events calendar  Mentors Career Development Center The Resource for Career Success Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter
  16. 16.   Twenty four career events, serving almost 700 students (prior year), such as: • Professional etiquette luncheon • Criminal justice career fair • Pizza with a professional • Alumni internship panel • Mock interviewing with employers • Job shadowing program Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter Career Development Center The Resource for Career Success
  17. 17.   Forty One presentations attended by over 1,000 students, by employers such as: • US Marshalls • Southern California Edison • Sony Pictures • The Smithsonian Institution • Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles  Outreach to 58 employers such as: • AT&T • Cedars-Sinai Hospital • HBO • Lockheed-Martin • Port of Los Angeles • Time-Warner Cable Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter Career Development Center The Resource for Career Success
  18. 18.  Questions & Discussion Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter
  19. 19.  Thank You! Career Development Center www.calstatela.edu/careercenter

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