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1 The Career Planning Process Presented By: Office of Career Services Moody Hall 134; Ph. (512)

2 The Planning Starts Today

3 Purpose of This Presentation Introduce parents to Career Services at SEU Explain the career planning process Encourage you to send your sons and daughters to Career Services in their freshman year (Note: This presentation is not delivered to freshmen, only to parents.)

4 Introducing SEU Career Services

5 Career Services Staff Barbara Henderson, Director Liz Narduzzo, Office Manager John Lucas, Keri Swanson, Emily Salazar Undergraduate Career Counselors Laurie Doran, Graduate Career Counselor Andrew Harper, Employer Relations Manager; Sally Perez-Ramos, Internship Coordinator

6 Services and Resources Individual career counseling Career assessments and long term planning Decision-making: majors and careers Job search, resume, interviewing guidance Job and internship database: Graduate/professional school guidance GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT prep classes Website:

7 More Services CPAM 1110 class (career planning for credit) – Section 01: Independent Study – Section 02: Graduate School/GRE preparation Workshops, employer panels, class presentations Annual Events: – Job & Internship Fair; Internship fair – Graduate and Professional Fair – Networking and business etiquette events

8 How We Reach Out to Students Hilltop Careers and s SEU weekly student E-news & faculty newsletter Social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest Campus flyers, posters, and information stations Class presentations Collaboration with Academic Planning/Support, FYSM classes, collaboration with all support services

9 The Career Planning Process

10 It’s Ongoing THE KEY= PLANNING AHEAD Decisions/self- assessment Exploring/gather ing information Gaining Experience Job search & Continuing education

11 It’s Long-term Some statistics (Kate Brooks of UT and Dr. Fritz Grupe, mymajors.com) – 80% of college students don’t know what they want to major in, even when they say they do (SEU: 200+ AEP) – 80% of college students change majors at least once – Undergraduates try 4-5 majors by taking a course – On average, college students change majors 3 times – 44% of students change majors between their 2 nd semester freshman year and graduation day – 80% of college graduates will not be working in their major field of study 10 years after they graduate – College graduates change careers 4-5 times in their lifetime

12 In College - 2 Decisions Made 1.1st decision = Major / 2nd decision = Career – Major : means choosing academic field of study – Career: means deciding on a job/industry after graduation 2.Major does NOT equal Career – St. Edward’s is not a Vo-Tech; it’s a Liberal Arts school 3.Think of a career as a Job Title: – You major in Psychology; business card says “Outreach Coordinator” – You major in Art; business card says “M.D./Physician” – You major in Business Admin.; business card says “Teacher”

13 A Word About Undecided/AEP SEU undecided students referred to as “AEP” Lots of external/internal pressure on AEP students They feel alone, but they’re one of many It’s really OKAY to be undecided as a freshman “Declared” students also benefit from meeting with Career Counselor about their major (just in case)

14 A Word About “Special” Majors Special majors: students interested in Art, Theater, Photography, Music, Sports… Should parents be concerned? How to advise students?

15 Researching Majors/Careers Information interviews Career Services website -Occupational Outlook Handbook -What Can I Do With a Major In? google.com Books, literature in Career Services library

16 Choosing a Career It takes longer to decide on a career It requires research, information interviews, internships, extracurricular experience It’s more involved than just taking a class It may not happen until junior, senior year

17 Why is Experience Important? For decision-making, for experience in a targeted field, and for resume building Best career decisions made are based on experience When job searching, employers will want experience Students involved in extracurricular activities often do better in classes; their interest is peaked Experience can be achieved in many ways: internships, study abroad, volunteer service, campus activities, part-time jobs

18 Internships Are Most Important! Formal/Informal; Paid/Unpaid; Credit/Non-Credit How many: Every student should do AT LEAST ONE related to their specific career path To be competitive: do 2-3 internships, or more When: Formal ones=junior, senior years; Informal ones, no special time Employers or degree plan may set the criteria Career Services: Internship Coordinator, Hilltop Careers, Internship and Job/Internship Fairs

19 Beyond Major & Career Exploration Job search (Tip: Students should browse job descriptions even in freshman, sophomore years. They shouldn’t wait until senior year to see what employers expect.) Job market Networking: in person and online Planning/preparing for graduate school or professional school (law, medical, dental, etc.)

20 Planning and Timelines Fall 2012 Focus on required coursework, grades; visit Career Services Spring 2013 Decide on major or at least Academic Area: Humanities, BSS, Natural Science, Education, Business/Management Summer 2013 Fall 2013 Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014Decide on job path or higher education path --Job: focus on relevant internships/Education: Research schools Spring 2015Take prep course for GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT Summer 2015Internship and/or: Have taken graduate/professional school admission test GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, etc. Fall 2015Internship and/or: Apply to graduate/professional school Spring 2016Internship and Graduate from St. Edward’s --JOB? or HIGHER EDUCATION? Summer 2016 Fall 2016Enter graduate/professional school

21 Four Years From Now

22 The Graduating Senior In 4 years your student becomes “a resume” For jobs, graduate/professional school, resume must be competitive: –Tight job market: Central Texas and beyond; even Peace Corps and Teach for America… –Higher education also competitive What will your son/daughter’s resume look like in four years?

23 Resume – 4 Years From Now Heidi Hilltopper 3001 Congress Avenue Austin, TX (512) EDUCATION Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance May 2016 Summa Cum Laude, 4.0GPA; St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX Education alone on a resume ≠ a competitive job or graduate school. Education without experience RELATED to career track, i.e. fast food cashier, or receptionist, or lifeguard or babysitter job ≠ competitive job or graduate school admission.

24 What Have You Learned?

25 Final Exam What’s the name of database with jobs/internships? How many internships should a college student do? What’s the name of the career class taught by career counselors? True or False: If a student is thinking about Art as a major, you should tell them to pick a “real major” like Business Administration? Where is the office of Career Services? When should a new SEU student visit Career Services?

26 In closing…how can you help?

27 Just Do One Thing Encourage your son or daughter to visit Career Services in their freshman year… We’ll take it from there!

28 Thank You


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