Career Planning– Weekend Edition2


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Career Planning– Weekend Edition2

  1. 1. Career Planning In a Weekend Presented by Donna Brody Director of Career Development Saint Joseph’s College Rensselaer, Indiana March 13, 2009
  2. 2. Business 301-one-credit course <ul><li>Required of all SJC Business majors </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional format was to meet once a week for 50 minutes/16 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Course was ineffective in many ways: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard to get to know students in one hour each week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topics for 50-minute sessions were limited </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very little group interaction </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Weekend format <ul><li>Had been successful for me at other colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Especially appealing to adult students and student athletes </li></ul><ul><li>All “lecture” or classroom component of course completed between Friday and Sunday in one weekend </li></ul><ul><li>Students have assignments due both before and after the session </li></ul>
  4. 4. Pre-class assignments <ul><li>Students are sent an email with letter and syllabus attached outlining course two to three weeks prior </li></ul><ul><li>Students are directed to sample resumes and reference sheets located on SJC Career website </li></ul><ul><li>Students draft a resume and reference page and submit via email to discuss at Saturday session- instructor edits prior to session </li></ul>
  5. 5. The weekend . . . <ul><li>Course is structured like a professional conference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course begins Friday evening at 5:30 pm in a computer lab </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students are greeted at the door by the instructor and given a folder of handouts and a nametag </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students join assigned groups (indicated on folder) and begin an ice-breaker activity </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The weekend-Friday (continued) <ul><li>Friday evening session meets for three hours </li></ul><ul><ul><li>After ice-breaker and instructor feedback, students are instructed about college’s database and job posting system (College Central Network) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students create account and practice searching the national database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students print a copy of a job appropriate to their field of study </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. College Central Network
  8. 8. The weekend-Friday (continued) <ul><li>Students are given instruction on developing a professional portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Students receive instruction in writing cover letters </li></ul><ul><li>Students compose and print a draft copy of a cover letter for the sample job they have chosen </li></ul><ul><li>Students are instructed to bring cover letter to Saturday session with draft resume and reference page </li></ul>
  9. 9. The weekend – Saturday AM <ul><li>Students and instructor meet in large lobby of the student center (8:30 am) </li></ul><ul><li>Instructor meets one-on-one with students to discuss resume, references, cover letter and suggests changes </li></ul><ul><li>One-on-one conferences are held while all other students complete a group case study activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NACE case studies are used </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The weekend – Saturday AM (continued) <ul><li>Other Saturday morning activities include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Video (or guest speaker) discussing “first year on the job” experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PowerPoint presentation on job search techniques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking group activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group departs for local restaurant for Etiquette Luncheon </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. The weekend – Saturday PM <ul><li>Course is held for six hours on Saturday </li></ul><ul><li>Students meet in the Career Center after luncheon </li></ul><ul><li>Student groups present case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Other afternoon activities include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tour of Career Center Library and Career Closet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If time permits, another group activity is assigned for Sunday presentation </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. The weekend - Sunday <ul><li>Session begins at 11:30 am to allow participants time for meal/church services </li></ul><ul><li>Groups present results of final Saturday group activity </li></ul><ul><li>Other Sunday activities include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RAT Test game </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion of graduate school options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviewing overview (do’s and don’ts) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Speed Interview” activity (similar to speed dating) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. The weekend - Conclusion <ul><li>The last hour of the session devoted to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scheduling of “mock” interviews to take place several weeks after weekend </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion of due dates for all assignments: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Final copies of cover letter, resume, references, portfolio </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Three- to four-page evaluation paper </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. What student participants had to say <ul><li>“ Overall, I think it was pretty well organized and beneficial.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I thought the weekend class was very well laid out and very informative.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The weekend course for Career and Job Planning was a great experience for any college student preparing to enter the workforce.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The majority of the information that we learned will be put to good use in the future.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Overall, I feel the course was a great idea. It allowed us to get a one-credit class out of the way in a weekend.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I would definitely recommend this course to my fellow classmates.” </li></ul>
  15. 15. More Comments <ul><li>“ The course is more effective over one intensive weekend rather than weekly meetings throughout the semester. The course would be a service to all majors.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ This class is very convenient for busy athletes, students, and from my personal point of view, RAs. Thank you for taking time out of your weekend to teach BUS 301.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I feel that this weekend session of Career and Job Planning was very informational, and all the topics were great—they just could be twisted around a little bit.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The structure overall for the class I thought was good. We got a lot done in just a few days and there really was not much down time.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ All in all I felt that this class was very useful and gave me a lot of good information that I am going to need for future business planning.” </li></ul>
  16. 16. More student comments <ul><li>“ The final day made it truly a meaningful class, and it completed the necessary knowledge that students need to give them a better chance of succeeding in the real world.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I got to know the people in my group and we talked about what our goals were and what we wanted to do when we graduate.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Going over cover letters and giving samples helped a lot for me . .” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I would recommend this class to other students, even those beyond the Business department.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Altogether, I thought this class was excellent.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I would recommend this seminar to both Business and non-Business majors alike.” </li></ul>
  17. 17. Final Thoughts and Questions? <ul><li>??????? </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks for attending this session! </li></ul>