Career planning is more than just picking a field to go into that makes money. True career planning is a process of discovery that begins and continues (never ends!) with examining who we are as individuals: our interests, personality, abilities, and needs. Once a starting point has been established through personal reflection and assessments, the time comes to research careers, learn to market oneself, and dedicate oneself to life-long career management. It is an exciting process; it’s all about You; it’s all about Your life; it’s a journey of personal creation and re-creation that never ends…
- Learn about yourself to help you pinpoint a career direction
- Learn about jobs in your major or program of study
- Learn in-depth about a career of choice
- Learn what your chosen career position tends to pay in your area
- Learn what should go on your resume
- Learn ways to market yourself in a competitive job market
1) EMBARK ON SELF DISCOVERY
- Take the O*Net in Ferguson's Career Guidance Center in GHC Galileo database to discover your best career areas (see Ferguson's PP for details and instructions - need GHC Galileo password if not on campus).
- Treat Career Planning like your most important research assignment! Work it out with these Career Exercises.
- Develop a Career Plan and Map Your Future (click below).
2) WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THAT MAJOR
- First, think about it: 10 Questions to Ask Before Picking a Major
- Click on Choosing a College Major and check out career titles that match your major:
- Get the 411 on your program of study:
3) A DAY IN A CAREER
- Click on College Grad.com and find your career title - read about "a day in the life" of your career, as well as job description, salary statistics, training requirements, and more.
4) MONEY TALKS
- Click on Salary Wizard (as shown below) to determine what you should make in your career:
5) TELL YOUR PROFESSIONAL STORY
- Check your resume quality by the RESUME RUBRIC.
6) MARKETING YOUR MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCE - YOU!
- Discover LinkedIn , the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 120 million members in over 200 countries and territories.
- Click here to learn How to use Professional Networking Sites.
Assignment 1) Complete the O*Net assessment in Ferguson's Career Guide (in Galileo database from GHC Library).
Assignment 2) Take the Holland Code Quiz and get your own Holland Code.
Assignment 3) Find your career title on the Salary Wizard and note the salary for your career choice in your area.
Assignment 4) Find your career in CollegeGrad.com and note what someone in your career field does during a typical day.
Assignment 5) Create your Resume for a job posting that interests you.
Assignment 6) Join LinkedIn and create your professional profile.
CollegeGrad.com (2011). The Job Center. Retrieved September 5, 2011, from http://www.collegegrad.com/jobsearch/Best-College-Resumes/Sample-Resume/
Doherty, D. (2011). How to Use Professional Networking Websites. eHow Money. Retrieved September 5, 2011, from http://www.ehow.com/how_4473422_use-professional-networking-websites.html
Get the most from your professional network (2011). LinkedIn. Retrieved September 5, 2011, from http://www.linkedin.com/static?key=what_is_linkedin&trk=hb_what
Create a professional resume in minutes! (2011). Resume Companion.com: The resume builder that does the writing for you. Retrieved September 5, 2011, from http://resumecompanion.com/?SSAID=127389&utm_source=sas&utm_medium=aff&utm_campaign=sas
Salary Wizard (2011). WAGE. Retrieved August 14, 2011, from http://wageproject.salary.com/