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NEXT STEPS: Career Exploration

Planning your path through understanding your interests, skills, and values.
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Stephanie Sattler

on 2 September 2015

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Transcript of NEXT STEPS: Career Exploration

step 1
A road map to world of work
How to get There
from Here?

GPS
Turning on your inner
Exploring the World of Work
Pop Quiz
The average student changes majors
between 3-5 times.
True!
Connecting with your interests/natural preferences
Career
Interests

Which are your 3 letters?
What strikes a chord with you? What jives/doesn't jive?
Pop Quiz
My career has to be directly related to my major.
Pop Quiz
How many majors are
there at UIC?
Online Exploration Tools
World of Work
interests
strengths
values
How much do you know?
Bucket o' Careers
Stephanie Birk, M.A.
Career Counselor
UIC Office of Career Services
sbirk@uic.edu 312.996.2300
Thank you!
ASSESS
EXPLORE
EXPERIMENT
DECIDE
90+
Next Steps
Online Career Exploration
False!
Resumes - Basic Format
Discover Yourself
through

Experience!
Header
(Your contact information)
Objective
(To target a particular area, specific position. Optional)
Education
(School, degree, graduation date)
Certifications
(licenses)
Experience
(tutoring, student teaching, grade levels, hours of public-school activities/observations, volunteer activities involving children, internships)
Skills
(Computer, foreign languages – familiar with/ knowledge of/ proficient in)
Other Sections may include:
Professional Associations, Activities, Publications, Honors
Resumes Tips
Be organized and consistent
Highlight strengths and relevant points
Begin statements with powerful action verbs
Be error-free, neat, and easy to read
Be tailored to fit your individual situation and background
Focused on results/accomplishments/Contributions
Quantify and use numbers
A resume should...
Action!
Visit Student Employment Office for on-campus, off-campus, and career-related work experience/internships
Action!
Make a list of 3 possible Careers you find on O*Net. Determine who you know in those fields and have "Career Chats"/Informational Interviews to find out the realities and determine a fit!
Action!
Determine 2 extracurricular activities to get involved in. At least one should allow you to explore career interests.
Field-related experiences (research, internships)
Voluntary work
Professional orgs
Non-field work experience
Student orgs
73 %
17.5%
uic.volunteermatch.org
www.idealist.org
Ask professors
Go to specific centers/institutes of interest on campus
www.uic.edu/uic/research/undergraduate
Yahoo Directories, google, professors
uic.collegiatelink.net
uiccareers.com
For a List of Options
For Specific Information
option 1
option 2
1000+
career fields
What employers look for...
related work experience
general work experience
Career Chats
option 3
insider's insight
realities of the job
coursework/experience for entrance
likes/dislikes
professional contacts for future opportunity
step 2
step 3
step 4
Exploring Self
uiccareers
It's Party Time!
inward
outward
Career
Merry-Go-Round
Career Chats
Experience
Career Counseling
Skills &
Natural Abilities
What is important to you?

What is MOST important?

What do you need present in your job to feel satisfied?
Values
What you do Well
School Successes
Work Experiences
Reflecting on your "best self" experiences
2. Turn to your neighbor and discuss!
1. Fill out the worksheet
Questions ?
Explore
Experiment
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