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Future-Proofing Your Career
Transcript of Future-Proofing Your Career
in an Exponential Era
Ask the right
What information do I need?
How is the information organized?
What would be the best sources?
Where/how should I look?
Find ways to
to create new knowledge
Reflect and Evaluate
Know what you know
the search tools
the Career Services web site
by asking questions
Ask the experts...
a self-paced online program designed to help you explore and make decisions about your major and career
Build a web of skills
Create your resume
(online and hard copy)
long before you actually need one...
Take advantage of Career Services events
... so that you don't have to resort to
like this one:
Advocate and Influence
Learn how to
resolve conflicts, and negotiate
Think across disciplines
Think across cultures
Adapt to new situations
Grow at a
How can you safeguard
and prepare for
an uncertain future?
... for careers or jobs that might not even exist yet,
You create a dynamic
... and the JOBChoicesOnline.com journal
(like this one)
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
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"
(Job Opportunities Benefiting Southern Students)
Explore the options at the
spring semester Career Fairs
Can't find time for a workshop?
PowerPoints and video vignettes
are available, too! Just click:
To view the SCSU Career Services PowerPoint
with tips on how to network using LinkedIn,
click on the "Professional Social Networking" link at:
It can take years to establish a professional network...
Start early, and build slowly and carefully.
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 what you don't.
Build a web
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
To be free of financial worries?
To have adventure?
To live a minimalistic
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
of a... ???
(How would you
describe the career?)
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/
others will understand
know how to
ask the right
Check out the free videos
by Toni Navy
on how to
build your online brand
SEEK knowledge... don't wait for it to find you
Here's Barack Obama's career web,
based on his LinkedIn profile.:
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.”
Study or travel
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
Illustration by Mat Moore
For more information about how to
create a presentation like this,
Prezi design by Heidi Howkins Lockwood
Southern Connecticut State University
Prezi inspired by Maria Andersen
But the future is
changing at an exponential rate...
Preparing for a career
means anticipating the future
get to know
Career Services offers
and Perfect Interview,
a web-based interview simulator
inside and outside the classroom,
so that you have references when you need them.