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NEXT STEPS: Career Exploration
Transcript of NEXT STEPS: Career Exploration
A road map to world of work
How to get There
Turning on your inner
Exploring the World of Work
The average student changes majors
between 3-5 times.
Connecting with your interests/natural preferences
Which are your 3 letters?
What strikes a chord with you? What jives/doesn't jive?
My career has to be directly related to my major.
How many majors are
there at UIC?
Online Exploration Tools
World of Work
How much do you know?
Bucket o' Careers
Stephanie Birk, M.A.
UIC Office of Career Services
Online Career Exploration
Resumes - Basic Format
(Your contact information)
(To target a particular area, specific position. Optional)
(School, degree, graduation date)
(tutoring, student teaching, grade levels, hours of public-school activities/observations, volunteer activities involving children, internships)
(Computer, foreign languages – familiar with/ knowledge of/ proficient in)
Other Sections may include:
Professional Associations, Activities, Publications, Honors
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...
Visit Student Employment Office for on-campus, off-campus, and career-related work experience/internships
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!
Determine 2 extracurricular activities to get involved in. At least one should allow you to explore career interests.
Field-related experiences (research, internships)
Non-field work experience
Go to specific centers/institutes of interest on campus
Yahoo Directories, google, professors
For a List of Options
For Specific Information
What employers look for...
related work experience
general work experience
realities of the job
coursework/experience for entrance
professional contacts for future opportunity
It's Party Time!
What is important to you?
What is MOST important?
What do you need present in your job to feel satisfied?
What you do Well
Reflecting on your "best self" experiences
2. Turn to your neighbor and discuss!
1. Fill out the worksheet