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Parent’s Course in Career Planning. Presented by Center for Career Development Biola University. Overview of Seminar. Mission Statements Developmental Stages Career Planning Model Career Development Resources Pitfalls to Avoid - Tips to Follow Questions and Discussion.

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Parent’s Course inCareer Planning

Presented by

Center for Career Development

Biola University


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Overview of Seminar

  • Mission Statements

  • Developmental Stages

  • Career Planning Model

  • Career Development Resources

  • Pitfalls to Avoid - Tips to Follow

  • Questions and Discussion


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The Mission of Biola University Biblically-Centered Education, Scholarship and ServiceEquipping men and women in Mind and Character to Impact the World for The Lord Jesus Christ.


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The mission of the Center for

Career Development

is to assist students in

discerningtheir callings in life

and in

transitioning into meaningful work.


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Chickering’s 7 VectorsDevelopmental Stages

  • Developing Competence

  • Managing Emotions

  • Moving through Autonomy toward Interdependence


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Chickering’s 7 Vectors

4. Developing Mature Interpersonal Relationships

5. Establishing Identity

6. Developing Purpose

7. Developing Integrity



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Engage - Year One

Goal: Know Yourself

  • Focus on academic success, getting settled into college life and spiritual growth.

  • Gain self-understanding of personality, interests, skills and values.

  • Make connections and develop leadership skills through campus and/or ministry organizations.


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Explore - Year Two

Goal: Explore Options

  • Focus on choosing a major and exploring career options.

  • Utilize available resources to talk to people and research current, realistic information about occupations.

  • Identify and articulate skills.

  • Apply for a professional summer internship.


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~~~Interlude~~~ Time to Make a Decision

Decide on Initial Career Interests

Decide on Type of Internship to pursue

Decide on Professional Association to Join

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions….

Decision-making is a KEY skill to learn in college.


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Experience - Year Three

Goal: Get an Internship

  • Use internships, part-time jobs, and volunteer opportunities to develop and improve skills.

  • Write a resume, practice interviewing.

  • Begin to establish relationships in career field.

  • Solidify initial career direction.


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Embark - Year Four

Goal: Transition for World of Work

  • Prepare for the transition to life after Biola.

  • Hone practical skills: job search strategies interviewing, networking, resume writing.

  • Attend professional functions, career fairs, and related networking opportunities

  • Actively begin job search or preparation for graduate school.


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Job Search Timeline

  • Sophomore & Junior summers have an internship in related field

  • Begin job research 4 months prior

  • Average of 9 months to secure a full-time job

  • Recruiters prefer to give job offers in the Fall

  • Graduate school is better after receiving work experience


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Why Career Development Now?

2 Years Related Experience

Freshman: assess self, major, career directionSophomore: jobs/internships (8 months)Junior: jobs/internships (8 months)Senior: jobs/internships (8 months)24months


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How Can Parents Help?


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Knowledge and Awareness about themselves

  • Offer feedback related to interests, key personality traits, skills they most like using.

    • Hint: Your observations. What do they really enjoy? Care about?

  • Take initiative to bring up subject, ask questions and assist with resources and connections.


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Knowledge and Experience with World of Work

  • Sectors

    • Private sector: provide a product or service which produces profit. Divided into Industries/Fields. www.wetfeet.com,http://online.onetcenter.org/

    • Government sector: provide oversight, safety and services to national, state and local community.

    • Nonprofit sector: provide services to community related to an issue or need: healthcare, education, hunger, world relief, public policy, violence… www.idealist.org

  • Functions

    • Accountant, Human Resources, Educator/Trainer, Consultant, Counselor, Computer Specialist, Minister, Analyst, Writer/Editor, Management


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Support Students through Career Planning

  • Familiarize yourself with career planning process

  • Discuss process and practical steps with them

  • Expose them to professionals, various work settings

  • Plan ahead! Check out special study programs, internships & summer opportunities.

  • Challenge your students. Raise the bar on your expectations.


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Programs  Services  Resources

Career Development



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Career Development Website

  • http://www.biola.edu/career

  • Key source of information

  • Check regularly


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Keeping Options open too long

Avoiding practical experience

Sophomore Drift

Not utilizing resources

Be Proactive to move

toward a decision

Plan on multiple

internships

Sophomore Shift

explore and experience

One contact each

semester/as needed

Common Pitfalls……and How to Avoid Them


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Changing Parent Roles

  • Changing from supervisor to advisor

  • Students need your support and involvement, but in a different way

  • Tricky transition

  • Ask students about life planning issues - majors, exploration of options, internships

  • Give them space to make mistakes

  • Prayer – join “Parents in Prayer”


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Questions?

Center for Career Developmentwww.biola.edu/career

562 903-4875

[email protected]


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