12 makingtherightchoiceformajorsandcareers


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12 makingtherightchoiceformajorsandcareers

  1. 1. Making the Right Choice for Majors and Careers
  2. 2. Careers and the New Economy• Characteristics of today’s economy • Global • Unstable • Innovative • Boundaryless • Customized • Fast• You are solely responsible for your career• To advance your career, you must accept the risks that accompany employment and plan for the future• A college degree does not guarantee employment• A commitment to lifelong learning will help keep you employable
  3. 3. Aligning Your Sense of Purpose and Your Career• To prepare for a career, ask yourself • Who, how, what, where, when?• Connecting your major and your interests with your career • Most majors do not lead to a specific career• Exploring your interests • Best way to choose an academic major • John Holland’s model of personality and career types• Factors that affect career choices • Values and interests • Skills and aptitudes • Personality • Life goals and work values
  4. 4. Your TurnWould you describe your major assomething you’re really passionate about?Why or why not? If your answer is no,why are you pursuing this particularmajor?
  5. 5. Your TurnWhat kinds of jobs have you had, eitherfor pay or as a volunteer? Which of yourjobs was your favorite? Which did youdislike? What do your experiences tell youabout your preferences for work in thefuture?
  6. 6. Planning for Your Career• Create a career plan • Research possible occupations • Build on your strengths and develop weaker skills • Prepare a marketing strategy that sells you • Write a convincing resume and cover letter• Planning for two-year students• Getting experience • Volunteer • Study abroad • Internships/co-ops • On-campus employment • Research
  7. 7. Your TurnWhat kind of “marketing strategy” couldyou develop to sell yourself to a potentialemployer? Which of your characteristicsor aptitudes would you emphasize?
  8. 8. Your TurnHave you explored your institution’scareer center? If so, what did you learn? Ifnot, when in your college experience doyou think going to the career center willbe most important? Why?
  9. 9. Skills Employers Look For• Content skills • Cognitive, intellectual, or “hard” skills • Acquired as you gain mastery in your academic field • Includes writing proficiency, computer literacy, and foreign language skills• Transferable skills • Skills that apply to or transfer to a variety of settings • Includes solid oral and listening abilities, leadership skills, critical thinking, and problem solving• Key competencies • Includes integrity, innovation, initiative, commitment
  10. 10. Working in College• On-campus jobs• Off-campus jobs• Building a resume • For part-time jobs, internships, or letters of recommendation • Chronological format vs. skills format• Writing a cover letter • Find out whom to contact • Get the most recent name and address• Interviewing • Mock interviews • Understand the nature of behavioral interviews • Dress appropriately
  11. 11. Tech Tip: Job Search WiselyFinding a job through online job sites • Use the “advanced search” option to narrow down your results • Learn about the application process • Don’t forget to check out the extras • Beware of scams