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1 Decision Making & Career Planning URI 101: Planning for Academic Success URI 101

2 Employment Trends of the Future Keep up with what is happening in the world so that you’re up to date with your field and career trends! Learn about employment trends: The Internet News Programs Government Statistics and Publications Media/Social Media Networking

3 The New Millennials (born between 1977-1995) Sometimes called the “Echo Boomers” By 2010, they will be the largest teen population is U.S. history Will exceed the number of Baby Boomers In the next 10 years, college enrollments will increase by 300,000 students per year College admission will become increasingly competitive

4 The New Millennials The cyber generation Their most important values are individuality and uniqueness Decreasing use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco Have the promise of changing institutions for the better

5 Generation Z (born after 1995) Last generation with a Caucasian majority Celebrate Diversity Decline of “traditional families” Because of recession, less likely to believe in the American dream of having more The age of “girl power” Hope to use technology to change the world

6 Need for Lifelong Education In today’s society higher education improves you chances of getting a job, yet you need to continually learn through experiences Need for training and education over a lifetime Without training and education skills will soon become obsolete

7 E-commerce: Changing Business Online sales are increasing 10-20% a year while traditional retail sales are stagnant Online marketing is used for most retail sales E-commerce will become an important part of business education

8 Increase in Entrepreneurship Starting your own business Taking advantage of technology to work from home Entrepreneurs often have very high job satisfaction because of new and exciting opportunities happening almost daily. You never know what your next day of work will bring You have control over the decision making for the entire company You have more flexibility with your work schedule and have the freedom to run a company how you want

9 Diversified Workforce More older workers More women workers More immigrants One third of today’s workers are from diverse groups!

10 Work Skills for the 21st Century

11 Basic Skills Reading Basic Math Oral Communication Written Communication Computers (Email, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, PowerPoint, Word, etc.)

12 Critical Thinking Skills Creative Thinking Decision Making Problem Solving Mental Visualization Effective Learning skills Reasoning Bloom’s Taxonomy in critical thinking

13 Personal Qualities Responsibility Self-esteem Sociability Self-management Integrity/Honesty Persistence Positive attitude

14 Workplace Competencies Manage time and money Participate as a member of a team Use computers to access information Develop efficient management systems Use technology

15 Keys to Finding a Satisfying Career Assess your personality type and related strengths. Explore your vocational interests. Know your values. Discover multiple intelligences Learn about the job market. Gain job skills while in college. Use updated job seeking strategies.

16 Researching Your Career What to look for when researching jobs: Nature of the work Working conditions Training Qualifications Room for Advancement

17 Tools to Research Your Career Visit the Center for Career and Experiential Education or their website Use “What can I do with this major?” link to discover possible careers ( Use the “Occupational Outlook Handbook” to get more information on a specific career (

18 Steps in Planning Your Education Take general education courses early on – Use these to discover passions and a possible career path through trying new and different subjects! Prepare for your major courses – These courses will help to provide a better sense of the field you are going into Gain experiential knowledge – Either through internships or professional job shadows. – These experiences will either confirm or alter your career goals – Compare current skills with needed skills Utilize web resources – – Graduate and begin your job search!

19 Making a Career Decision

20 There is a choice you have to make, in everything you do. And you must always keep in mind, The choice you make, makes you.

21 Steps in Making a Career Decision Self-assessment – Personality, Interests – Values, Skills Explore Options Research careers Plan your education Make a commitment and take action Evaluate your decisions

22 Steps in Effective Decision Making 1.State the problem 2.Consider your values 3.Gather information 4.Consider options 5.Evaluate the pros and cons of options 6.Consult others (if necessary) 7.Select the best alternative 8.Take action

23 Tools For Your Success – Resume/Cover Letter writing – Interview skills – Professionalism/Networking skills – Internship and Job Search – Shadow Opportunities – CCEE website (helpful links to “What can I do with this major?” and OOH) – Attend job fairs and internship fairs at URI (check CCEE website for dates) Online Resources The Center for Career and Experiential Education (CCEE) can help you with:


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