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Parents Guide To College & Career


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What parents need to know about the steps their children need to take in college to prepare for a great career after graduation.

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Parents Guide To College & Career

  1. 1. WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT COLLEGE AND CAREERS <ul><li>By Sheila J. Curran, President, Curran Career Consulting & </li></ul><ul><li>Program Director, Catapult Advising </li></ul>
  2. 2. So what do you do with a degree in Philosophy? ...or any other subject!
  3. 3. Assumptions are no longer valid + = ? Good GPA Good College Good Career
  4. 4. TODAY’S AGENDA <ul><li>Myths and realities about how students get from college to career </li></ul><ul><li>What students need to do while in college to best prepare for their lives after graduation </li></ul><ul><li>Where to go for advice and help </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is the return on investment from a college education? <ul><li>College is expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate premium is decreasing </li></ul><ul><li>College still necessary for really good jobs </li></ul><ul><li>ROI dependent on student career interests and capabilities </li></ul>
  6. 6. Does it matter what college or university you go to? <ul><li>Name brand? </li></ul><ul><li>Public vs. private? </li></ul><ul><li>Liberal arts vs. pre-professional? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Does it matter what you study and how well you do? <ul><li>Major may not equal career </li></ul><ul><li>The higher the GPA, the less important other factors </li></ul><ul><li>Extra-curricular activities help develop interests and skill sets </li></ul><ul><li>Study abroad, done right, can be a career advantage </li></ul><ul><li>Internships are increasingly critical </li></ul>
  8. 8. Are there good reasons to postpone college? <ul><li>Step off the educational conveyer belt; build different experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Components of good gap year: away from home; outside comfort zone </li></ul><ul><li>Value of good gap year: better prepared for college; more mature </li></ul>
  9. 9. Isn’t a college degree just a preparation for graduate school? <ul><li>Graduate school is expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate school may not be necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Most students now take at least 1-2 years off before graduate school </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment rates for grad school grads are lower than for those with just a BA/BS </li></ul>
  10. 10. What’s the career prognosis for the liberal arts Graduate? <ul><li>A liberal arts education provides broad knowledge and skills that are valued by employers </li></ul><ul><li>Skills may not be valued in entry level jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Students need to be able to articulate “transferable skills” to potential employers </li></ul>
  11. 11. How do you make sure your child is not jobless and living in your basement after graduation? <ul><li>Start early to figure out what you want </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a compelling story that integrates your work in and out of the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Develop skills and attributes that employers desire </li></ul><ul><li>Understand career strategy and how to position yourself for success </li></ul>
  12. 12. Does the current economic climate change everything? Unemployment stats for bachelors‘ grads under 25 (BLS Data) 7.8% 9.2% January, 2009 Unemployment rate increased almost 18% in the past year 2 year increase (2008-2010) = over 100% January, 2010
  13. 13. Four years to success <ul><li>Explore options </li></ul><ul><li>Build experience </li></ul><ul><li>Search intelligently </li></ul><ul><li>Execute successfully </li></ul>} No lock-step process to finding career success
  14. 14. Explore options Learn and Focus © 2009 - Catapult Advising Assessments: What am I good at? What are my values? Interest profiles: What do I enjoy doing? Career exploration: What career options are available to someone with my skills, interests, and values? Career path: What do I have to do now to get where I want to go?
  15. 15. Build experience be capable and compelling © 2009 - Catapult Advising Academics: How do I shape my course of study to support my career aspirations? Off campus study: Which programs will help me in my career? Internships: How can I use internships to learn more about career possibilities? Extracurriculars: Are there opportunities for me to build job-related skills?
  16. 16. Search intelligently tap the hidden job market © 2009 - Catapult Advising Market Research: Which industries and employers should I target? Informational interviews: What is the nature of this career choice? Plan of attack: What is my action plan for landing my dream job? Networking: Am I effectively using personal and alumni connections?
  17. 17. Execute successfully launch your career © 2009 - Catapult Advising Professional Etiquette: Do I understand the accepted rules and norms in my field? Resume and cover letter: Is my experience presented in the best light? Interviewing: How can I ace the interview? Closing the deal: How do I negotiate the terms of my new position?
  18. 18. The Catapult Methodology © 2009 - Catapult Advising
  19. 19. HELP!!! <ul><li>Academic Advising </li></ul><ul><li>Career Advising </li></ul><ul><li>External Resources e.g., Catapult Advising </li></ul>
  20. 20. Questions <ul><li>Sheila Curran Career strategy consultant 401-861-2278 [email_address] Program director, Catapult Advising 919-599-6207 [email_address] </li></ul>