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Two Heads Are Better Than One: Academic and Career Advising

This session will showcase the seminars, events, and philosophies the Oakland University School of Business Administration advising office has used to get students to think critically about career choices.
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B Bordoloi

on 17 March 2017

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Transcript of Two Heads Are Better Than One: Academic and Career Advising

Two Heads Are Better Than One:
Academic and Career Advising

SNAPSHOT
ADVISING STAFF
STAFF
3 Advisers | 1 Senior Adviser | Director

2 Support Staff | Student Assistant
LEARNING
OUTCOMES

ROLES
Probation/Undecided/Community College | Major Specialists
STRUCTURE
Advise Sophomore Year and Above
First Year Advising Center advises all FTIAC’s
CAREER COMPONENTS
ACHIEVE Program
Internship Coordinator
Director of Employer Relations (just hired)
Career Consultant
Career Development Facilitators (CDF)
SBA PHILOSOPHY
"If students get jobs after graduation, program will grow and become “go to” place for students. Quality of student body will also increase."
- paraphrase from Dean Mazzeo
FACTORS THAT STUDENTS CONSIDER:
Match with interests
Course/Major Attributes
Job Characteristics
Financial Considerations
Psycho/Social Benefits
Advice from Others
Beggs, Jeri Mullins, John H. Bantham, and Steven Taylor. "Distinguishing the factors influencing college students' choice of major." College Student Journal 42.2 (2008): 381+. Academic OneFile. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.
INTENTIONAL ABOUT
CAREER CONVERSATIONS

CAREER-RELATED PIECES
Undecided business student initiative
Career Services in our office – Employer Relations Director/Internship Coordinator/Career Consultant
Career Fairs/Meet & Greets/Finance Forward Series
Experiential learning opportunities on checklists
SYE
Intake Form
Study Abroad
LLC – Palace/Quicken Loans tours
FTIAC Engagement Guide
CDF’s – Deb/Meaghan/Debbie
Explore Busness Careers/Majors
Degree checklist
Student Organization Liasion
Meet and greets located outside of our office
TOP 3
BEST PRACTICES

RESOURCE
DOCUMENTS
EXPLORE
BUSINESS
CAREER/MAJOR
EVENTS
NAVIGATE
TO
GRADUATE
SEMINAR
RESOURCE DOCUMENTS
INTAKE FORM

Provides a snapshot of where the student is on the following:
Selected Major and confidence level of major choice/career path
Student’s understanding of helpful campus resources
Campus involvement
Satisfaction in academic performance
Intended goals
From: sbaugs@oakland.edu

To: student@oakland.edu

Subject: 4.18.16 MONDAY MORNING MINUTE
This is your final Monday Morning Minute of the year.

Your SBA Academic Advisers are on campus all summer. It's a great time to see your adviser for many reasons (including the better parking!):

If you don't pass a class this semester, see an adviser to adjust your schedule.

If you decide to drop your summer classes, see an adviser to adjust your Fall and Winter schedules.



MONDAY MORNING MINUTE OUTREACH E-MAIL

Concise email communication to all SBA students (weekly) and Freshmen (monthly).
Provides a consolidated list of recommended events/opportunities
Prevents an overload of emails


School of Business Administration Student Organizations

GETTING CONNECTED...It's a Business Thing!
STUDENT ORGANIZATION CONTACT FORM

Listing of all SBA related student orgs
Provides contact information
Shares the intended audience/requirements
States the Org Mission

Outlines learning objectives/Focus/Suggested skills and abilities
Clusters majors with local employment opportunities
Visualizes job growth outlook
Provides recommended career exploration websites
MAJOR DESCRIPTION FORMS
NAVIGATE TO GRADUATE SEMINAR
PRESENTATION TOPICS
Academic advising
Business majors
Major standing process
Academic resources
Career exploration
THE "PERFECT OPPORTUNITY"
Required for all students

Assists with identifying values and interests

Introduction to the topic of career
job shadow, informational interviews, research job descriptions

Ultimately, provokes questions at advising appointments
VALUES CARD SORT
How are your values currently expressed in your life?

What are some of your least important values?

Do you think your values conflict with potential careers you are considering?
TOP 3
BEST PRACTICES

RESOURCE
DOCUMENTS
EXPLORE
BUSINESS
CAREER/MAJOR
EVENTS
NAVIGATE
2
GRADUATE
RESOURCE DOCUMENTS
INTAKE FORM

Provides a snapshot of where the student is on the following:
Selected Major and confidence level of major choice/career path
Student’s understanding of helpful campus resources
Campus involvement
Satisfaction in academic performance
Intended goals
From: sbaugs@oakland.edu

To: student@oakland.edu

Subject: 4.18.16 MONDAY MORNING MINUTE
This is your final Monday Morning Minute of the year.

Your SBA Academic Advisers are on campus all summer. It's a great time to see your adviser for many reasons (including the better parking!):

If you don't pass a class this semester, see an adviser to adjust your schedule.

If you decide to drop your summer classes, see an adviser to adjust your Fall and Winter schedules.



MONDAY MORNING MINUTE OUTREACH E-MAIL

Concise email communication to all SBA students (weekly) and Freshmen (monthly).
Provides a consolidated list of recommended events/opportunities
Prevents an overload of emails


School of Business Administration Student Organizations

GETTING CONNECTED...It's a Business Thing!
STUDENT ORGANIZATION CONTACT FORM

Listing of all SBA related student orgs
Provides contact information
Shares the intended audience/requirements
States the Org Mission

Outlines learning objectives/Focus/Suggested skills and abilities
Clusters majors with local employment opportunities
Visualizes job growth outlook
Provides recommended career exploration websites
MAJOR DESCRIPTION FORMS
CareerLeader - Business Personality Assessment

Gain clarity on career goals before formally declaring their major and possible minors in the School of Business Administration.
Why it's important to have career conversations

How to incorporate career advising into your advising appointments

3 career-related best practices
HOLLAND OCCUPATIONAL THEMES
People who choose to work in an environment similar to their personality type are more likely to be successful and satisfied.
Operations Management
Management Info Systems
Finance
Marketing
Human Resources Management
Marketing
All Majors
General Management
Accounting
So, let's put this all together...
Marketing
Human Resources Management
onetonline.org
Adviser: “I know you desire a major in Finance...exciting!”

Student: “Yep!”

Adviser: “What type of career do you plan to pursue?”

Student: <Insert deer in headlight look>

SOLUTION: Explore Business Career Events
Reducing “deer in the headlight” syndrome
Improvements>Pitfalls> How we <think> we’re successful.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOUR STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND EMPLOYERS TO ATTEND PROGRAMMING?
SUPPORT FOR WHAT WE DO
UC&M
Marketing and Communications

Event Planning
Committee to design and implement programming

Career Services
Located in our Office for complete collaboration

ACHIEVE
Required component of business curriculum – promote
and enforce through schedule planning

IT Support
Provides Reports and helps to promote events to students

Support Staff
Helps with materials and pulling it all together
If you'd like our electronics resources,
e-mail
Bani at
kbordolo@oakland.edu
!
Major Description Sheets
Seminar outline
Intake Form
Degree checklist
2,700 Business students

10 majors
12 minors

Student Population:
87% Commuter
68.4% Traditional Age - 17-22
57% FTIAC
43% Transfer Students
STUDENT POPULATION
Build relationships with areas outside of advising

Explore holistic advising approach

Familiarize yourself with career resources

Pursue the right team


This didn’t happen overnight for us, but has taken about five years to develop what has been done in SBA Advising
Upward trends:
Students placed in internships
Student organization awards and participation
92% of 2015 SBA Graduates were employed within
six months of graduation
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
20 presentations each semester (10-30 students each session)
Required component of career prep course
Enrollment:
2011
2015
From 2,000 to 2,700 students
SBA SUCCESS
The numbers are results of MANY
staff and faculty members devoted to student success!
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