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Turning Your UC Degree into a Career! Ensuring Transfer Success May, 2014 Presenters: Sarah Backes -Diaz – UCB Career Center Allison Keller – UCI Career Center Patricia Garcia – UCLA Admissions Brian O’Bruba – UCM Career Center Ebony Lewis – UCSC Admissions. Your major is like

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Your major is like the steering wheel of a car you decide what direction it will lead you

Turning Your UC Degree into a Career!Ensuring Transfer SuccessMay, 2014Presenters:Sarah Backes-Diaz – UCB Career CenterAllison Keller – UCI Career CenterPatricia Garcia – UCLA AdmissionsBrian O’Bruba – UCM Career Center

Ebony Lewis – UCSC Admissions


Your major is like the steering wheel of a car you decide what direction it will lead you

Your major is like

the steering wheel of a car;

You decide what direction it will lead you!


A uc major and a future career

A UC major and a future career….

What is the connection?

  • The major is a STARTING Point.

  • Choosing a major does not mean a student has chosen a career

  • It is not true that most majors lead directly to particular jobs

  • There are a variety of career

    paths related to a major

    not just one


Guess the major

GUESS THE MAJOR….

  • Sonia Sotomayor (Supreme Court Justice)

  • Will Ferrell (Actor/Comedian)

  • Carly Fiorina (Businesswoman/Politician)

  • Natalie Portman (Actress)

  • Michael Jordan (Basketball Legend)

  • Oprah Winfrey (Talk Show Host)


Answers

ANSWERS….

  • Sonia Sotomayor (Supreme Court Justice)

    • History

  • Will Ferrell (Actor/Comedian)

    • Sports Broadcasting

  • Carly Fiorina (Businesswoman/Politician)

    • Philosophy and Medieval History

  • Natalie Portman (Actress)

    • Psychology

  • Michael Jordan (Basketball Legend)

    • Geography

  • Oprah Winfrey (Talk Show Host)

    • Speech and Drama


Why do students choose a major

WHY DO STUDENTS CHOOSE A MAJOR?

  • They based their decision on its perceived earning potential

  • They followed the advice or in some cases (the demands) of friends and family

  • They drifted into their major

  • Other reasons:

    -Inspiration from teachers

    -Exposure to internships

    -Taking a course in the

    specific major


Why this is important

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT?

  • Selective/Impacted Majors

  • What’s the Best Fit

  • Alternative Majors

  • Time to Degree

  • Limited Options to Change Majors


Connecting majors and jobs

CONNECTING MAJORS AND JOBS….

  • Many people end up working in careers that are not directly related to their majors. Why?

    • Most jobs are NOT major specific or will consider any major

    • People’s interests change as they develop

    • People want to study one thing but work in a different area

    • Most majors are theoretical

    • Most majors teach very transferrable skills

    • Additional experiences paved their career paths


Regarding majors

REGARDING MAJORS….

  • Many companies seek employees with any major. Why?

    • A college degree says a lot about you

      • Hard working

      • Time management

      • Team player

      • Presentation skills

      • Research skills

      • Writing abilities

      • Critical thinking skills

      • Multi-tasking skills


Keep in mind

KEEP IN MIND….

  • Employers are often more concerned about your SKILLS than they are about your specific major.

  • Companies are willing to train newly graduated college students in any major for specific positions. (e.g. Rotational Program)

  • Some companies or organizations might be looking for specific skills, experience and abilities.


Desired skills

DESIRED SKILLS….

  • Multiple languages

  • Good Communication Skills (writing, verbal)

  • Interpersonal skills (problem solving, constructive feedback, initiative, etc.)

  • Management/Leadership

  • Evidence of perseverance

  • Analytical skills

  • Collaboration/teamwork


Building a total package

BUILDING A “TOTAL PACKAGE”

  • Leadership experience

  • Internships

  • Research

  • Student clubs and activities

  • Volunteer experience

  • Studying abroad

  • Networking

  • Build a social media presence (ex. Linkedln)

  • Learn how to put together a good resume and personal statement and work on your interview skills


More about internships

MORE ABOUT INTERNSHIPS

Internships provide:

  • Skill development and professional training

  • “Real world” experience and a chance to apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom

  • An opportunity to “test drive” a career

  • Mentoring and networking opportunities


Graduate and professional schools

GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS

  • Law schools/business schools accept any major

  • You can major in various areas and go to medical school if you have the requirements for admissions

  • Masters and PhD programs are looking for you to meet prerequisites and demonstrate the following:

    • Evidence that you can do well in the program and that you will be able to handle the rigorous work

    • A good personal statement and demonstrate interest in the program

    • Reference letters that can attest to your ability and preparedness for graduate school

    • Good graduate test scores and undergraduate grade point average


Paths to a career

PATHS TO A CAREER

  • Careers stories are unique - and people change careers several times in their lives

  • Linear Pathways (e.g. Engineering major to career)

  • Careers that may require more planning (e.g. advanced degrees)

• Additional Considerations:

- New careers will develop that don’t exist today

- Personal skills/interests/values change over time


Campus resources

CAMPUS RESOURCES

  • Campus Career Center

    • Free for students

    • Individual & group advising

    • Assessment tools

    • Job Shadow Programs

  • Fairs and Special Events

    • Job & Internship fairs

    • Graduate School Fairs

    • Multi Cultural Career Conference

    • Alumni Networking events


Other resources

OTHER RESOURCES

  • Career Advice Videos http://www.careerspots.com/vidplay_links_ext.aspx?aid=474&partid=0&apass=/j8bKfreUnYuxo/GZaXXdQ==&id=1149&pref=http://careers.ucsc.edu/index.html&src=VLI&

  • Career Guidehttp://career.ucla.edu/Files/PDF/CareerGuide/2013/CG_2013_2014_Chapter2_091313.pdf

  • Career Maphttp://www.onetonline.org/

  • Exploring Your Majorhttp://uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html


Other resources1

OTHER RESOURCES


Questions

Questions?


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