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1 Helping Students to Better Understand and Become More Engaged in the Career Development Process Academic Advising PD Denise Dwight Smith & Sharon Thorpe (University Career Center), Dr. Kim Buch (Psychology and CTL)

2 AGENDA Stages of Career Development- brief Overview How do students make decisions? UCC Services Individual Advising and Course Integration-what is your main interest? Examples Next Steps

3 Intro to Career Development A CYCLE, not a linear progression Consists of 4 stages: Career decision- making Career planning and preparation Career employment Career reassessment

4 How Do Students Make Career Decisions?

5 Principle Influencers Parents- MOM Peers Faculty Supervisors UCC/ Advisors Media

6 Career Decisions Making Basis Inaccurate Information Incomplete Information

7 Jobs and Careers: what do these have in common? Print Director Healthcare Billing Specialist Legislative Intern Quality Administrator Satellite Systems Operator Operations Specialist Road Show Host Student Outreach-Veterans Affairs ?

8 Career Decision-Making Internal Exploration Values Skills Interests External Exploration Jobs Careers Further Study

9 Career Decision-Making: Internal Asking the question, “How well do I know myself?,” engaging in exploration of: Values – What matters to me? Interests – What do I enjoy? Personality – What are my preferences? Skills – What am I good at? Tools: career self-assessments, career advising, personal reflection paper or presentation

10 Career Decision-Making: External Asking the question, “How well do I know my career options?” Tools: Career Prospector job shadowing program, informational interviewing, UCC career resource library and publications (WCIDWAMIs – What Can I Do with a Major in …? and How to Get a Job in … series), online career tools (CareerSpots), portfolio on information obtained

11 Career Planning and Preparation Exploring career options, gaining career-related experience, building professional/job search skills Tools: Experiential Learning (49erships, co-ops), part-time employment, UCC workshops and online tools (OptimalResume), career fairs (Experiential Learning & Part-Time Job Fair), short-term experiential work as part of course requirement

12 Career Employment Connecting with job/graduate school opportunities, becoming employed in a satisfying, career-related position or graduate program Tools: Resume and cover letter critiques, mock interviewing, job search consultation, career fairs (Career & Public Service Expo), NinerJobNet, on-campus interviewing, employer information sessions, online tools (Interfolio)

13 Career Reassessment Continuously reassessing values, interests, personality, and skills as career progresses for effective lifelong career management

14 Advising Integration As part of establishing goals, commitment to success and 4 year planning Major and career discussions Parental pressure-referral and helping to educate Experiential learning readiness, plan for Job and grad school search resources Events and location awareness What we do-dispel myths

15 Where to start Drop-ins or appointment with career Counselors-discipline base Outreach tables Give card of the advisor Newsletter NJN-show website. Workshop and events schedule EL info

16 Course Integration Go beyond awareness of services

17 UCOL and HONR Courses UCOL 1000College Transition First Year UCOL 1011College Transition Transfers UCOL 1200First Year Seminars UCOL 1300Academic Success Seminars HONR 1100University Honors Freshman Seminar 47 of 52 classes scheduled to visit UCC or have completed group self-assessment interpretation in class.

18 UCOL and HONR Faculty Survey Most frequent integration activities beyond UCC visit and self-assessments: Career paper (11) Attendance at Majors Day (10) Resume/Cover Letter instruction (8) Career Portfolio (6) Career Fair Attendance (5) (Respondents=20)

19 UCOL/HONR Student Feedback (Respondents=418) This program/workshop has enabled me to increase my knowledge base about careers. Mean = 4.33 As a result of participating in this program, I have a better understanding of the connection between my personal/academic/and career goals. Mean = 4.41 As a result of participating in this program, I feel more motivated to take action steps toward my career planning and/or decision-making. Mean = 4.41 This program has allowed me to obtain educational and occupational information to aid my career and educational planning. Mean = /418 students would recommend the session to other students.

20 Additional Classroom Integration Mock Interviews – Public Health, Communications NJN Orientation – Business, Kinesiology, Math Experiential Learning – Business Networking – Public Health Whole Life Concepts Project – Engineering University Career Center – Career/Academic Action Plan Self-Assessment – Business, ITCS, Anthropology

21 Pre- test/Post-test T-Test Analysis out of 10 mean differences statistically significant on the Strong, indicating individual mean increases from pre-test to post-test were due to the assessment and not increased purely by chance. 7 out of 9 mean differences statistically significant on the MBTI, indicating individual mean increases from pre-test to post-test were not increased purely by chance.

22 purely by chance. SAPre-test/Post-test StatementMBTIStrong B I am aware of how my interests, abilities, and values relate to academic majors B I am aware of how my interests, abilities, and values related to career decision-making B I understand how to research various career fields B I fell prepared to select a major that relates to my career goal B I am aware of career paths related to some majors of interest S I feel motivated to take action steps toward career planning and/or decision making B I am familiar with UNC Charlotte resources and campus offices that can support my academic success BI have a strong knowledge base about careers SAPre-test/Post-test StatementsMBTIStrong B I am aware of how my interests, abilities, and values relate to academic majors B I am aware of how my interests, abilities, and values related to career decision-making BI understand how to research various career fields B I fell prepared to select a major that relates to my career goal B I am aware of career paths related to some majors of interest S I feel motivated to take action steps toward career planning and/or decision making B I am familiar with UNC Charlotte resources and campus offices that can support my academic success BI have a strong knowledge base about careers

23 Career Planning Scale Knowledge of the World of Work Self-Knowledge Knowledge of Occupations Career Decision Making Career Planning Career Implementation

24 Career Planning Scale Self Knowledge  Describe what would motivate you to keep working even if you won the lottery. Make a list of three or more occupations  that could fill these needs and values. Knowledge of Occupations  Look for information on the Internet about three occupations that interest you. Identify salary information, working conditions, employment outlook, and education needed to do the job.  Shadow an employee in an occupation of interest. Follow that worker for one day and ask about the work he or she does. Career Decision-Making  Discuss your occupational choices with your family and friends.  How does their feedback weigh into your decision? Career Implementation  Make a list of barriers you face in reaching your career goals.  Next to each barrier, write what you will do to overcome it.

25 Integrating Career Concepts into Academic Classes Psyc 1000 or any course for first-year students or transfers in any discipline (including Prospect for Success courses) Psyc 3405 or Practicum/Internship courses in any discipline Psyc 4630 or Capstone Courses in any discipline

26 QUESTIONS?

27 Courses for First-Year Students or Transfers in Any Discipline Career Development –Overview of UCC and tour –What can I do with a major in…? workshop Career Self-Assessment –Workshops on personality and interest inventories (MBTI, Strong, Focus-2) Majors Day Career Panels and Information Sessions Career Paper or Related Assignment

28 Practicum/ Internship Courses in Any Discipline Introduction to Experiential Learning Workshop Job Shadowing Career Panels and Information Sessions Introduction to Online Career Tools Workshop Career & Public Service Expo Internship Journal or Related Assignment

29 Psyc 4630 or Capstone Courses in Any Discipline Job Search Tools –Resumes & Cover Letters 101 –Interviewing 101 –Mock Interviewing –Introduction to Online Career Tools Workshop –Career Panels & Information Sessions –Career & Public Service Expo Career Portfolio/ Related Assignments


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