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TESOL 2015: Specialized Job Search Courses Fill a Vital Niche for University ELLs Revise KBS

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TESOL 2015: Specialized Job Search Courses Fill a Vital Niche for University ELLs Revise KBS

  1. 1. Specialized Job Search Courses Fill a Vital Niche for University ELLs KIMBERLEY BRIESCH SUMNER ERIC H. ROTH UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, AMERICAN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE TESOL 2015, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA 1
  2. 2. Background American Language Institute (ALI)  International student population with unmet career needs  Curriculum throughout department divided into oral skills and writing courses  Culture of academic and professional training for matriculated students 2
  3. 3. 2 Moms, 2 Daughters, and a Child Care Center  Forged a cross-campus relationship bringing students’ needs to the forefront  Career Center Struggles: Number of international students Advisors uncomfortable giving linguistic and cultural advice to students who need a lot of help.  Students referred to campus Writing Center 3
  4. 4. Students’ Unmet Needs: Inter-Departmental Discussions Career Center representatives spoke at ALI faculty meetings to describe issues:  International students are underserved by current university career services.  Students often lack awareness of available resources.  Unrealistic job search expectations (I want an internship by the end of the semester!) 4
  5. 5. Services Available to Students Outside of ALI  Career Center (Primarily undergraduate)  Viterbi Career Services (Engineering)  Office of International Students (OIS)  Various Departments Across Campus  Annenberg School of Communications  Price School of Public Policy and Development  Marshall School of Business 5
  6. 6. A Course is Created  Integrate all language skills  Provide language support in every aspect of the job search  Provide a window into American job-search/work culture  Develop and deepen specific language skills for obtaining professional positions  Create task-based activities and assignments  Practice vital communication skills in a supportive and safe environment  Increase self awareness 6
  7. 7. What Color Is Your Parachute?  First published in 1970  New edition each year; always adapts job search strategies for the current job market.  Includes:  “Traditional” vs. “New” job search strategies and employer perspectives.  Strong focus on using social media and networking.  Practical advice on constructing a resume, conducting informational interviews, and determining your “dream job.” 7
  8. 8. 100 Conversations for Career Success  Offers concrete strategies to put the job seeker in touch with potential employers  Situations and scripts are provided.  Emphasizes social and online networking.  Strongly encourages creating lasting relationships by adding value to networking exchanges and following up. 8
  9. 9. Sample Course Activities  Biographical Statement  Elevator Pitch  Cover letter  Resume: Traditional vs. Online  Personal Marketing Plan  Networking Practice  Using Job Posts to Personalize Applications  Mock Job Interview: Phone screens, face-to- face, and online interviews  Informational Interviews 9
  10. 10. The Elevator Pitch  A short, interesting self-description  Goal: Compel the other person to ask more questions  Requires practice and adaptability (20 seconds – 2 minutes)  Great for networking events and career fairs 10
  11. 11. Biostatements  Widely deployed in social media  Who are you?  Third person perspective  100-200 words  Photo + biostatement  See professor’s profiles  Use biostatment checklist  Peer review  First student-professor conference  Week two  Eric H. Roth teaches international graduate students the pleasures of academic writing and public speaking in English at the University of Southern California. He has taught numerous English and writing courses at Santa Monica Community College, UCLA Extension, and Cal State, Long Beach’s American Language Institute, and Santa Monica-Malibu Adult Education Center. Roth, a former journalist and Congressional aide, also directed the CES Adult Education Center from 1996-1999, assisting over 1,000 immigrants and refugees in becoming naturalized U.S. citizens. He attended Wabash College on a Lilly Scholarship that covered all expenses, majored in Philosophy, and received his BA in 1984. Roth later received his MA in Media Studies in 1988 from The New School (for Social Research) in New York City. He has taught writing courses in Spain, France, and Vietnam. 11
  12. 12. Creating a Network  ANYONE a student meets has potential!  Actively establish a relationship online or face-to-face.  All skills needed: Small talk, longer conversations, e-mails, cultural conventions, collocations, etc.  Follow-up with contacts is essential! 12
  13. 13. Informational Interviews  Best practice among white collar professionals  Interviewing working professionals  Worker to worker communication  Students create a professional network  Practical skill with an authentic context  Multiple professional communication tasks  Contact (often via SCconnect)  Interview – 20 minutes  Thank you  Trip report  Capstone project 13
  14. 14. References and Resources  What Color is Your Parachute? (2014 Ed.). Richard N. Bolles.  100 Conversations for Career Success. (2012). Laura M. Labovich & Miriam Salpeter.  USC Career Center and Career Network  Viterbi Career Center  www.LinkedIn.com  www.glassdoor.com  www.careerbeam.com 14
  15. 15. Acknowledgments  ALI 280 Students  USC Career Center  USC Global Initiatives  Jim Valentine, ALI Director  Danny Hackin 15
  16. 16. Image Sources  www.amazon.com  www.boston.com  http://confidentialinv.com/employee- background-checks-insurance-lehigh- valley  http://ingensystems.com/ProductsServi ces/Services/Training.aspx  www.lifehacker.com  Missioncollege.org  http://www.news-sap.com/how-to- network-like-a-pro/  http://planforcollegea2z.blogspot.com/ 2012/12/when-does-college-transfer- make-sense.html  https://twitter.com/usccareercenter 16
  17. 17. Thanks for Listening! Questions? Comments? 17
  18. 18. Contact us to share your thoughts! KIMBERLEY BRIESCH SUMNER KBRIESUM@USC.EDU ERIC H. ROTH ERICROTH@USC.EDU 18

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