Have you begun the process of career planning? Many students find themselves in college with no identified career in mind. Students know they need additional education but not what that degree looks like. Here are six steps to your career planning. Check it out!
Begin by taking career assessments like Focus 2. Discover careers that match your results. Learn about skills, values, interest codes and educational requirements. Review what you learned and meet with your academic advisor or career specialist for further discussion. Do you need additional assessments? Go to your campus Career Center for these.
Conduct Online Research
Research your matching careers in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. Here you will learn about education needed, salaries, growth, similar occupation, professional associations and more. Then check out the Occupational Information Network. This site connects to skills, values, interest code, local salary and growth, as well as educational institutions.
Begin Informational Interviewing
The old saying, with a new twist, is this: “It’s not just what you know but who you know.” Do you have any who’s in your area of interest? Begin connecting to professionals in those areas that you matched AND researched. Find these professionals and conduct informational interviews. Discover what “a day in the life of a …” looks like. What degree is needed to enter the field and how much experience should you have to get the job? Reach out through email and phone calls to schedule time to talk. Don’t forgot to follow up with a thank you. Target those companies that you desire to work for to help find your professionals. Ask your friends and family for contacts they may have. Check in with your college professor and campus clubs. You can even use your social media to find contacts (especially LinkedIn).
Join a Club on Campus or a Professional Association
Get involved with campus activities and meet like-minded students who share your interests. Add to your leadership and communication skills by getting connected and add this experience to your resume. Not sure what campus clubs are available? Check it out here. Look for professional associations with a student membership.
Meet with your Academic Advisor to Update Your Program Plan
Talk with your academic advisor about your future career and degree program. Receive help to create your MLP. Activate your Workplace account on your SPC landing page (blue tile). Join in your academic community events collegewide. Make sure you know when to apply for scholarships and graduation.
Check out Volunteer and Entry Jobs to Build Your Credentials and Professional Presence
Activate your Handshake account located in your MyCourses to find SPC’s online internship and job bank. Use the job bank for informational interviewing connections, jobs and internships when you are ready. Come to campus events like Working Wednesdays and Job Fairs to connect with early employment opportunities. These campus events are another way to build your professional network. Begin to create your resume and continue to add to it as you add experience. Check out the resume builder tool in MyCourses called Optimal Resume.
If you need help with any of these steps, contact the career professionals on your campus or online.