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Life after SSU


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This presentation was given to Women and Gender Studies students and aspects can be transferable to students in any major.

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Life after SSU

  1. 1. Life after SSU By: Carrie Klaphake Career Advisor Career Services Salazar 1070
  2. 2. Overview • Who am I? • Who are you? • Learn more about you • Attributes employers seek & transferable skills • What WGS alumni are doing • Career Services Resources
  3. 3. Who I am • Career Advisor • Began working in Career Services at my alma mater as an undergraduate in 2011 • Graduated with my Masters in College Student Affairs in May • Started here in June • ENFJ (Myers-Briggs) • Orange (True Colors)
  4. 4. Show of Hands! • How many of you know what you’re planning to do for a career? • And how many have experiences that are directly in line/related to that career plan? • How many feel confident in your ability to market yourself? • Who is considering graduate school? • What type of exploration have you done for your job search?
  5. 5. Scale of 1(not confident)-5(confident) • Applying for jobs • Searching for jobs • Utilizing LinkedIn for your job search/professional development • In your materials (resume, cover letter) • Describing your experiences (interviewing)
  6. 6. What are Transferable Skills? • Portable, universal skills that you take with you and can be used in any job or career; transferred from one type of work to another • Doesn’t matter where you learned them as long as you can use them • No formal training • Supplement to your degree(s) and GPA: o Concrete evidence of readiness and qualifications o Impossible to complete college without picking up a wealth of transferable skills
  7. 7. Where do you get them? • Coursework • Class projects • Athletic activities • Volunteer experience • Internship(s) • Employment • Club involvement • Leadership involvement • Community service • Hobbies • Self taught • Life experiences
  8. 8. Show of Hands! • How many of you have experience in planning or arranging activities? • How many of you are able to deal with obstacles? • Can you handle complaints? • Present written material out loud? • Do you have any experience with coordinating fundraising activities? • Can you speak a foreign language? • How many of you have experience with computer software
  9. 9. • Leadership • Ability to work in a team • Communication skills (written & verbal) • Problem-solving skills • Strong work ethic • Initiative • Analytical/quantitative skills • Technical skills • Interpersonal skills • Computer skills • Detail-oriented • Organizational ability • Friendly/outgoing personality • Strategic planning skills • Creativity • Tactfulness • Entrepreneurial skills/risk-taker • NACE Job Outlook 2016 Attributes employers seek
  10. 10. Market Yourself • Know what your transferable skills are • Think about which of your transferable skills you would enjoy using the most • Determine the top transferable skills that an employer is interested in • Take the time to describe your experience and use of those skills – be specific
  11. 11. Transferable Skills and the Resume • It’s a great place to reflect your skills – not list your written job description • Emphasize skills • Elaborate on experiences gained o Work with a staff of four community services advisors in an 88-student, freshman residence hall o Create, plan and implement academic, cultural and social activities with the students o Encourage and facilitate discussion of social, political and ethical questions among the students o Build community spirit and guide residents in assuming responsibility
  12. 12. Transferable Skills and the Cover Letter • An opportunity to focus on skills and details that weren’t included in the resume • Show why you’re qualified • Compare the required skills to your own “In addition to economics, my academic training includes extensive coursework in the sciences where I’ve developed very strong analytical, quantitative, and technical skills. My research has honed the writing, planning, and organization, and presentation skills that I believe are essential in a business environment.”
  13. 13. Transferable Skills and the Interview • It’s the time to showcase your skills • Best to market and communicate rather than listing o Describe your involvement o How you contributed o What you gained from your experiences o Give examples of how these skills were used o What was the benefit to the employer/organization?
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  15. 15. Services Available • Peer Advising o Available • Mon-Fri 10:00-3:00 o Major & Minor Selection o Resume Help & Review o Cover Letter Help & Review o Starting the Job and Internship Search o Seawolf Job-Link • Staff Career Advising o Call for appointment availability o EXTENSIVE website o Advanced Resume & Cover Letter Review o Career Exploration/Career Planning o Job and Internship Search Assistance o Graduate School Planning o Interviewing Assistance o LinkedIn Support