Week 2Transferable skills, work and career planning
• You have plenty of them! You just might not realize it…• Most people get hung up on „marketable‟ or technical skills• Transferable skills are just as valuable and come from a variety of places and experiences including GE classes• Transferable skills allow you to succeedSkills
• Pick a partner to work with• Spend 10 minutes interviewing that person to figure out what their transferable skills are• Questions to ask: • What activities over the last month required demonstration of a skill—any skill? • What activities at home required use of a skill? • What activities at work required use of a skill? • What activities at school required use of a skill? • What activities with friends/family during leisure time required use of a skill?Exercise
• Is your future professional life a matter of planning or chance?• How to ensure it‟s the former not the latter?• Arm yourself with information and plan!Work and CareerPlanning
• Imagine• Create a definition of success• Look “back” on a successful career• Describe your career in detail• List the careers that interest you mostBrainstorming CareerOptions
• Timeline• Chart• List• Priorities• Whatever works for you; Make a mental picture of the steps you‟ll need to follow in order to be successful in the career chosenPlan!
• Graduate top of class in a major that will help me with both qualitative and quantitative thinking• Do well on LSAT• Get admitted to a top tier law school with a scholarship• Get on law review and graduate in top 10% of class• Work in a law firm briefly in order to gain corporate experience• Continue education in order to develop soft, transferable skills (communication, critical thinking, problem solving)• Get hired by major media/technology company with stock options and future high-growth model• Work for 15-20 years and retireExample
• Career placement office counseling (talk to someone!)• Take an assessment (Good ones like Career Liftoff cost money)• Explore websites like ONet (http://www.onetonline.org/)• Internships• Service learningSelf-Discovery Steps