“Do you hate your job? Sorryto hear that. There’s a supportgroup for that. It’s calledEVERYBODY, and they meetat the bar!”---George Carlin
Did I choose the right major?! Your goal should be choosing a career forthe right reason Something you are passionate about Something you can see yourself doing for along timeAll of us are goodat things we’re not madly in love with andall of us have talents we never used.
Working for the next 50 years Most likely you won’t stay in one careerfor the whole 50 years. Studies show that people change careers(not jobs) about 5 or 6 times over their life Your tastes, interests, and life situationscould change
Finding your PASSION One important element to personal happinessis being passionate about your career/job Finding a career that you have passion for isabout obtaining fulfillment It’s about how the job makes you feel inside Work should spark excitement and energyIf you work in your passion, money will follow.
My Major is great, but isn’t adirect path to a career Interest inventories can help you determinewhat area to go into if your major is flexible Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Keirsey Temperament Sorter The Big Five Personality Test Campbell Interest & Skill Survey“The good life is when you get upin the morning and can’t wait tostart all over again.”
FIRSTClean up your Image! Google? Voicemail? Email? Facebook? Blogs? Photo Websites (i.e. Flickr & Photobucket) Change settings to private Untag picturesDifferent people have different gaugesof what is or isn’t appropriate
FIRSTClean up your Image! Don’t just remove the bad, add some good Create a LinkedIn profile(look at the profiles who rank well for tips) Join the SIUE Athletics Alumni Group on LinkedIn Follow @SIUEAthelticsSAS on Twitter Use your own blog to showcase your skills88% of employers will Google your name
SECONDWho will support you? Start thinking about who you would use asreferences favorite teachers coaches Supervisors mentors Foster your relationship with that person(s)Never burn bridges –it can hurt yourcareer progression or job search
THIRDConduct Career Research Informational interviews Prepare just as you would for an actual jobinterview Job Shadowing Firsthand experience in work environment Internships Actual work experience in a particular industry Career Fairs Attend and gather knowledge
FOURTHGain Experience Take Initiative Be Proactive As student-athletes your time is limited Example: You are a barista who is majoring in graphicdesign. Design some marketing collateralfor the coffee house and ask your supervisorif they would like to use it
FOURTHGain Experience Leadership opportunities Meetings with mentor Volunteering Internship in the summer Jobs during the school year Working with a professor on research Independent Study Study Abroad
FIFTHJoin up! Sign up for professional associations andorganizations –FREE ADVICE! Much cheaper while you are still a student Opportunities to network Leadership opportunities Browse listings of internships and positions Publications Conferences/Conventions SIUE Student Groups SAAC Kimmel Leadership Center
SIXTHGo Shopping!Is your closet prepared for an unexpectedinterview? Shop for business attire so you can “dressfor success.”
Still Not Sure which Career? These careers have shown the largestnumerical growth recently Nursing Retail Home Health Customer Service College Professor Accounting Elementary School teacher (not special ed)BLS Occupational Employment Statistics and Division of Occupational Outlook
Careers on the Rise These careers are predicted to have themost growth in the coming years Biomedical Engineer Vet Tech Physical Therapy Assistant Event Planner Occupational Therapy Assistant Marriage and Family Therapist Physical TherapistBLS Occupational Employment Statistics and Division of Occupational Outlook
Don’t forget . . . Occupational Outlook Handbook Complied by US Bureau of Labor Statistics Published yearlyhttp://www.bls.gov/oco/
Job Search/Action PlanResumes, interviews,researching optionsFocusingWhich organizations are a good fit?What do I need to be competitive?Who can connect me to theseoptions?ExplorationWhat’s out there?Options, jobs, careers and industries that fit myskills and interests?Self AssessmentWho am I? Interests, Skills, Values, Work StylesThe JOBSEARCHPROCESS
Be an active Job Seeker Job boards have less than 5% effectiveness Networking has over 50% effectiveness Select companies where you would want towork Follow that company on LinkedIn or Twitter Like the company on Facebook Join the conversation – comment on blogs
Or you could wear this everywhere you go . . .