Fast-tracking the Career Exploration Process

Kathy Meyer, Career Consultant

In my 20 years as a career consultant, my role has been to listen, give resources and encourage students to learn all they can in order to discover their skills, interests and values. I often give them my quick guide on how to jump-start the career exploration process, looking and reading about the thousands of occupations that now make up the world of work.

Now I’m passing my guide on to you. Here’s my outline on how to conduct a career exploration on yourself, from the comfort of your own space:

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Fast-tracking the Career Exploration Process

So you Want to Apply to Grad School?

Graduate school can provide you the opportunity to gain concentrated knowledge and skills in a particular area of study. Programs are specific, classes tend to be smaller and you may even progress through your program with a cohort of other students. Working closely with faculty and gaining practical experience through practicums, internships, teaching and research is highly encouraged; it can set you up for success should you decide to move into the workforce or pursue another graduate degree . It’s a rewarding experience, but it takes a lot of work, time and dedication. You’ll need a lot of support from those who care about you.

Deciding whether or not to attend graduate school can be a challenge in itself, let alone which school or program to choose. Having gone through the process myself, and through other research, I have compiled a list of considerations for you to review:

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So you Want to Apply to Grad School?

C2B Leadership Conference – Austin, TX

College Freshman and Sophomore Women

Build Your Leadership Skills, Your Resumé and Your Network

Expand your leadership capabilities and prepare for your career future at the Forté C2B Leadership Conference. A one-day interactive event, this conference will give college women from diverse academic backgrounds the chance to explore different functions in business, gain valuable leadership experience, and meet representatives from leading companies and business schools. The conference is free and a travel stipend is available for women traveling more than 50 miles to the event.

 

Where: University of Texas at Austin

When: Friday, November 14, 2014, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Application Deadlines: Round 1 – September 30 and Round 2 – October 27

Learn more at http://bit.ly/1oJoZAq

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C2B Leadership Conference – Austin, TX

Fall Career Seminars Start Next Week!

Our series of Career seminars starts on Sept. 9. Check the events tab in CometCareers for seminar details! (Click the images below to enlarge)

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Fall Career Seminars Start Next Week!

What Employers Want to See When They Google You

Did you know that many  employers use Google and Social Media as part of their background checking process? What you put on the internet can have consequences to your career. Check out this post on Brazen Careerist by Brenda Berkelaar to learn more about you should be posting online to help boost your career!

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What Employers Want to See When They Google You

A 3 Stage Approach to the Job Search from The Ladders

This post on The Ladders blog explains how to break your job search down into three distinct stages: Preparation, Search, and Close.

 

You can read the full post by Amanda Augustine here. Breaking the job search process down into manageable steps can help you to stay organized and keep on track! The Career Center is here to help – start with resume and cover letter preparation by getting a critique during our drop in hours.

A 3 Stage Approach to the Job Search from The Ladders

Five Labs Personality Tool

Five Labs has created a tool that uses your Facebook posts to make estimates about your personality. The tool is based on research from the University of Pennsylvania, which suggests that personality is based on five characteristics: extroversion, openness, neuroticism, conscientiousness, and agreeableness. This tool will tell you how you rank on each of these characteristics based on what you have posted to Facebook. You can also compare yourself to Facebook friends and celebrities!

Understanding your personality and your strengths and weaknesses can help you to better understand what type of job is the best fit for you. Finding a job that is a good fit will help to ensure job satisfaction.

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This tool is fun and easy, but keep in mind that this assessment is only using data from Facebook, so it may not give an accurate results. If you are interested in learning more about personality types and how they can help you in your job search, make an appointment to take a formal assessment! The Career Center offers the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory. Call 972-883-2943 to make an appointment!

 

Five Labs Personality Tool

Words of Wisdom on Finding a Fresh Start

In this video, Becca Shivers talks about her experience after graduating from college and the challenge of finding a job.

What do you think? Do you agree with what Becca has to say?

Words of Wisdom on Finding a Fresh Start

Career Center Summer Drop-In Hours

We are starting our summer schedule for resume and career advising drop-in hours this week! Drop in during any of these times – no appointment needed!

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Career Center Summer Drop-In Hours

Health Professions Schools Expo – April 27

Representatives from graduate schools with programs in Healthcare will be on campus to share information about their schools. Learn about medical, dental, physician assistant, and other health progression programs! The event will be on Thursday, March 27 from 3:30 – 6:00 in the Visitor Center Atrium.

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Health Professions Schools Expo – April 27