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Parents as Career Coaches

An Introduction to Careeer Services Center at WWU

karen Powell

on 11 July 2015

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Transcript of Parents as Career Coaches

Why Think About Careers Now?
The University Career Journey begins as a
and continues to
& beyond!

Career Services Center has tools to support parents & students in all stages of the journey:

Early Career Decision Making--Self-Assessment
Exploration & Research
Skill Development & Application
Job Search Assistance
Early Journey: Self-Assessment
Knowledge of Self

is important in

Choosing a Major:
At least 50% of students enter college not knowing their major!

50-70% of students change their majors 1 to 3 times during college career.

"GPS": Using
General University Requirements
(GURs) for exploration can enhance awareness
Mid-Journey: Development
Our graduates with internship experience found employment
and reported an average starting salary about
$3,000 (8%) higher
than students without.

Advocate volunteer, internship & career-related experiences
Support networking & “informational interviews”
Promote resume development
Encourage attendance at special events

Next Stop: Exploration & Research
Even when a student is sure of major, knowing what to do
with it is another matter!

More than 1/2 of graduates pursue careers unrelated to major.

Liberal arts & humanities majors CAN get jobs.

There is
one perfect job for most people!

Job Search: The Next Frontier!
Steps in the "final" collegiate stage of journey--

Tailor and target professional resume
Build LinkedIn profile
Develop job search strategies
Engage with on-campus recruiters
Set up Search Alerts in VCL

Try a mock interview and then some real ones!

Do They Get Jobs?
Parents as Career Coaches
A "GPS" on the Career Journey

CSC can Help through:
Virtual Viking Career Center
Assessment Tests
1:1 Career Planning & Job Coaching
Grad & Med School Advising
Free Tools!
Career Services Center ~ Old Main 280 ~ (360) 650-3240 ~ M-F 8:00 to 5:00
Sigi 3
Viking CareerLink
Optimal Resume
Employment Survey
See the Virtual Viking Career Center
Majors & Careers: What Can I Do with this Major?
Academic Advising's:

Choosing a Major
Tools that help:
GPS: Connecting Careers & Researching Occupations--
Virtual Viking Career Center
Occupational Outlook Handbook & O*Net (links from CSC)
ASK! http://www.wwu.edu/careers/ask.shtml
Get LinkedIn
Career One Stop: More career information

"Trying" Career out and refining skills...
Over 80% of all job openings are not advertised: Most employers use their networks first (LinkedIn, Twitter, staff, friends) to identify potential candidates. According to a recent survey by the U.S. Department of Labor, networking accounts for at least 69% of all annual hires!
Virtual Viking Career Center
Special Events Calendar
Social Media Links
A unit of Academic & Career Development Services

Encourage 1:1 job search appointments, workshops & clinics
Virtual Viking Career Center
Apply--Job Search
Optimal Resume
Viking Career Link
Some 2015 CSC Employment Survey Results:

Economics.......................................Credit Risk Analyst, Key Bank, $55,000
Manufacturing Supply Chain Mgmt...............Buyer, Everett Clinic, $50,107
Environmental Studies.......................Asst. Planner, Grant County, $47,000
General Studies......Maint./Process Improvements Mgr., Genesco, $65,000
Design...................................................Interactive Designer, Tether, $52,000
Psychology........Patient Care Coordinator, Seattle OBGYN Group, $35,360
Applied Math.................Associate Mechanical Engr., Heath Tecna, $54,000
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