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1 How to Help Your Son’s or Daughter’s Career Development ~ What Role Can You Play? Presented by Career Services, University of Colorado at Boulder

2 Career Decision-Making Who Am I and What Do I Want? What’s Out There? Decision Action Evaluation

3 Your Child’s World of Work No Promise of Life-Long Employment No Predictable Career Paths Free Agency - Viewing Employers as Clients Quest for Significance Multicultural & Global Highly Technical in Every Field Extended Adolescence & Exploration - More Likely to Return Home After Graduation - More Likely to Change Jobs Frequently - Higher Expectations of Employers

4 This Generation’s Approach to Jobs (CERI Research) Comfortable Job Surfing Confident About Moving Home Entitled Unfocused Shifting Core Values More Info at

5 Marketable Skills Computer Skills Quantitative Skills Communication Skills Marketing Skills Scientific Skills Foreign Language Skills Leadership Skills

6 Gaining Marketable Skills Required & Elective Coursework Student Organizations & Activities Volunteer Work Internships Jobs (part-time, summer, work-study, self-employment) Study Abroad

7 Enhancers Grades Extracurricular Activities Contacts Job-Seeking Skills Relevant Course Work/ Course Projects Professional Experience Appropriate Use of Social-Networking Sites

8 Timetable for Career Planning ~ First Year Acclimate to College Life Concentrate on Making Good Grades Become Involved in Extracurricular Activities Activate Career Services Online (CSO*) Start a Resume (OptimalResume*) Start Building e-Portfolio (Folio21*) *available through Career Services website

9 Find a Mentor Attend Career-Related Programs Assume Leadership Positions Gain Career-Related Experience Build Enhancers & Marketable Skills Take Appropriate Tests for Graduate or Professional School Admissions Meet with Career Counselor to Clarify Goals and Formulate Plan Timetable for Career Planning ~ Sophomore & Junior Years

10 Timetable for Career Planning ~ Senior Year Engage in job search early in the fall semester Alert network to professional goals Be aware of graduate and professional school deadlines and apply accordingly

11 Considering Graduate/Professional School Reasons to Attend: - Advanced Training in a Specific Discipline - Requirements for Certain Fields - Higher Marketability & Wage (in some fields) - Joy of Learning & Research Reasons Not to Attend: - Lack of Career Focus - Pressure from Family or Friends - Misconceptions About the Job Market - Lack of Maturity - Unrealistic Expectations of Graduate School

12 What Can You Do to Help? Listen & Encourage Open Discussion Reinforce the Idea that a Major and Career Decisions are NOT Permanent Encourage Exploration Help Students Connect with Professionals in Fields in Which They’re Curious

13 Support from CU Career Counseling & Academic Advising Internships & Co-Ops - (Major Department or Career Services) Student Employment Undergraduate Research Opportunities Testing Services Career & Professional Development Programming Career Fairs & On-Campus Recruiting LinkedIn Networking Group

14 Career Services Open House Stop by TODAY between 1:30-3pm to learn more about our services. Willard Administrative Center – Garden Level

15 More Information Families Link Ways to Get Involved Career Services Updates Mentoring Panelist Hiring Buffs for Internships or Jobs! LinkedIn Networking Group National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE)


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