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Future-Proofing Your Career

How do you prepare for jobs that don't exist yet, and will require proficiency with technology that hasn't been developed, to solve problems that we don't even know are problems?
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HH Lockwood

on 16 July 2013

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Transcript of Future-Proofing Your Career

Future-Proofing Your Career
in an Exponential Era
EXPLORE
PREPARE
FLEX
FOCUS
VISUALIZE
INTERACT
Ask the right
questions
What information do I need?
How is the information organized?
What would be the best sources?
Where/how should I look?
JOBSs
Find ways to
organize knowledge
to create new knowledge
Reflect and Evaluate
Know what you know
(metacognition)

Formulate
a plan

the search tools
available through
the Career Services web site
by asking questions
Ask the experts...
Learn how
to manage
information

...and ,
a self-paced online program designed to help you explore and make decisions about your major and career
Build a web of skills
Know the
expectations
Create an
on-line identity
Create your resume
(online and hard copy)
long before you actually need one...
Take advantage of Career Services events
Practice!
... so that you don't have to resort to
interview techniques
like this one:
Advocate and Influence
Collaborate
Guide Others
Lead
Learn how to
resolve conflicts, and negotiate
Innovate
Think across disciplines
Think across cultures
Adapt to new situations
See others'
perspectives
Embrace new
technology
Unplug
for
a day.
connections
your
opportunities
and options
Grow at a
manageable rate
Diversify
your career
portfolio
How can you safeguard
and prepare for
an uncertain future?
... for careers or jobs that might not even exist yet,
You create a dynamic
of opportunities...

web
... and the JOBChoicesOnline.com journal
the NACE
salary calculator
Carpe viam.
like
(like this one)
Memento
mori...
and jobs which will use technology that
hasn't been invented,
to solve problems that we don't even know are problems yet?
JOBSs can help you find
full-time, part-time, internship/coop,
on-campus, seasonal, and summer positions,
and learn more about the employers who recruit Southern students
EXPLORE
Ask the
"non-experts"
Ask yourself...
Career Services
Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30

(203) 392-6536
careerservices@southernCT.edu
faculty
at office hours, via emails, in class...
ask every question you can think of!
for the job search
by developing a personal "commercial" --
your 2-minute "elevator intro"
employers
(Job Opportunities Benefiting Southern Students)
EXPLORE
Explore the options at the
spring semester Career Fairs
ASK
ASK
ASK
Can't find time for a workshop?
PowerPoints and video vignettes
are available, too! Just click:

http://www.southernct.edu/careerservices/students/services/
To view the SCSU Career Services PowerPoint
with tips on how to network using LinkedIn,
click on the "Professional Social Networking" link at:

http://tinyurl.com/7636w8w
It can take years to establish a professional network...
Start early, and build slowly and carefully.
No "tipos."
No text-ese.
Be realistic.

If getting into grad school
requires a 3.5 GPA and test scores in the 700s,

and you've got a 2.5 and 500s,
it's time to rethink.
... and your abilities.
If you're interested in graduate school,
strive for a high GPA,
develop a rapport with your letter writers,
know what admissions exams are required,
and
...and what you don't.
Build a web
of connections

Henry Ford's first car
They'll tell you
to choose a career by following...
... your passions
... or whatever will give
you financial freedom
... or whatever
you're good at
... or whatever enables you to
spend more time with friends
... and family.
(And they're all correct.)
What is it that I most desire?
Influence and recognition?
To play a deep and
meaningful role in
my community?
To be free of financial worries?
To have adventure?
To live a minimalistic
lifestyle?
To have plenty of time to play?
(Each of these will lead
to a very different career web.)
(face-to-face, or virtually)
Many college graduates
build a web
of connected experiences
over a lifetime.

Here's one web, based on the
LinkedIn profile
of a... ???

(How would you
describe the career?)
EXPLORE
and then keep fine-tuning
and updating it.
GMAT (for business school): http://www.mba.com/the-gmat.aspx
LSAT (for law school): http://www.lsac.org/JC/LSAT/about-the-LSAT.asp
GRE (for many other grad programs): http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/
The Alphabet Soup of
Graduate School Admissions Tests

MCAT (for med school): https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/
think
critically
master
technology
respect,
advocate &
influence
communicate
in ways
others will understand
understand
other points
of view
know how to
ask the right
questions
PREPARE
Check out the free videos
by Toni Navy
on how to
build your online brand
at http://tinyurl.com/7nbmhwe
PREPARE
Attend a
Career Services
"Resumania"
workshop!
PREPARE
SEEK knowledge... don't wait for it to find you
VISUALIZE
Here's Barack Obama's career web,
based on his LinkedIn profile.:
Giv
VISUALIZE
Have the
courage to
dream.
Surround yourself
with great ideas and great people
"“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me.
Going to bed at night saying
we’ve done something wonderful,
that’s what matters to me.”
- Steve Jobs
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, and people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.”
-Maya Angelou
Study or travel
abroad
to experience different ideas
and different ways of living
For more information, visit http://www.southernct.edu/internationalprograms/
(with specific timelines)
Schedule a personal research session
with the Information Literacy experts
http://www.library.southernct.edu/bitrainingformlines.html
Illustration by Mat Moore
garlicandcoffee@gmail.com
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create a presentation like this,

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(It's free!)
Prezi design by Heidi Howkins Lockwood
Philosophy Department
Southern Connecticut State University
lockwoodh1@southernct.edu
Prezi inspired by Maria Andersen
twitter.com/busynessgirl
But the future is
changing at an exponential rate...
Preparing for a career
means anticipating the future
step outside
your
comfort zone
get to know
others
unlike yourself
Career Services offers
practice interviews,
and Perfect Interview,
a web-based interview simulator
Build relationships,
inside and outside the classroom,
so that you have references when you need them.
PREPARE
Pat Whelan
Gerry Prince
Maria Vasquez
Hannah Hinde
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