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Expectations Upon Graduation Real World Insight & Preparation December 6 th , 2006 Agenda Preparation Self Assessment Before You Graduate Internship & Co-Ops Interviewing Tips Resume Tips Sought Skills Real World Your First Month A Typical Day Your Boss Salary & Benefits

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Expectations Upon GraduationReal World Insight & PreparationDecember 6th, 2006


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Agenda

  • Preparation

    • Self Assessment

    • Before You Graduate

    • Internship & Co-Ops

    • Interviewing Tips

    • Resume Tips

    • Sought Skills

  • Real World

    • Your First Month

    • A Typical Day

    • Your Boss

    • Salary & Benefits

    • Working Environment

    • Company Culture

    • Key Attributes To Success

    • Tips On How To Get Ahead


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Preparation – Self Assessment

  • What Motivates You / What’s Your Passion

    • Title, Money, Power, Intellect, Solutions

  • Leader Or Follower

    • Leader (Private, Public, Startup)

    • Follower (Public, Non-Profit)

    • Leadership Can Be Learned

  • Risk

    • Conservative (Public, Non-Profit)

    • Bull (Private, Public, Startup)

  • Team Or Individual Contributor

    • Team (Private, Public, Startup)

    • Individual Contributor (Public, Non-Profit)

  • Package / Image

    • Conservative (Public, Non-Profit)

    • Non Conservative (Private, Public, Startup)

  • 3 & 5 Year Plan: Your Goals & Objectives

    • Put Into Writing!


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Preparation - Before You Graduate

  • Focus: Balance Of School, Pleasure, & Family

    • Invest Wisely: 90/10 Rule

    • Stay Focused, Persevere & Complete Your Path

  • Mock Job Hunt

    • Monster.com

    • Careerbuilder.com

    • Review Job Requirements

    • Review Real Resumes

  • Sharpen Technical Skills Of Interest & Demand

    • Brainbench.com

    • Certifications

    • Software Packages

  • Invest Time With Professionals / Potential Professionals

    • MISA, Family, Friends

  • Network, Network, Network

  • Build Relationships


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Preparation – Internship & Co-Ops

  • What They Are

  • What They Pay

  • Why They’re Invaluable

    • Networking, Networking, Networking

    • Relationships

    • Real Experience

  • How To Find Them

    • University Web Sites

    • Career Services

  • What To Expect

    • Get Out What You Put Into


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Preparation – Interviewing Tips

  • Why Do Companies Interview

  • Questions You Will Be Asked

  • Questions You Should Ask

  • How To Ask / Answer Questions

  • How To Prepare – Practice Makes Perfect

  • Your Package & Presentation

  • What To Bring / What Not To Bring

  • Being Comfortable Is Key

  • Resources Available

    • KSU Career Services

    • Google: Interview Preparation

    • Job Interviewing For Dummies


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Preparation – Resume Tips

  • How Are Resumes Used

  • Items To Highlight / Include

  • Items To Avoid

    • Lower GPAs – Focus On Major GPA

  • Cover Letters & Thank You Notes

    • Have Them Ready

  • Certifications: Valuable?

  • Multiple/Targeted Resumes

  • Resources Available

    • KSU Career Services

    • Google: Resume

    • Resumes For Dummies


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Preparation – Sought Skills

  • Hands On / Technical Skills

    • Non Academic Experience

      • Internships / Co-Op

      • Self Directed Projects

      • Projects For Friends/Family

    • Technical Certification

    • MS Office

  • Soft Skills

    • Interpersonal Communication Skills

      • Ability To Ask Questions

      • Ability To Listen

      • Ability To Articulate Verbally & Written

    • Self-Direction / Social Norms / Teamwork

    • Ability To Be Aware Of The Big Picture

    • Innovative / High Positive Energy / Ambition



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Agenda

  • Preparation

    • Self Assessment

    • Before You Graduate

    • Internship & Co-Ops

    • Interviewing Tips

    • Resume Tips

    • Sought Skills

  • Real World

    • Your First Month

    • A Typical Day

    • Your Boss

    • Salary & Benefits

    • Working Environment

    • Company Culture

    • Key Attributes To Success

    • Tips On How To Get Ahead


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Real World – Your First Month

  • What To Expect

    • You Will Be Lost

    • You Will Feel Unproductive

    • You Will Feel Like You Have Nothing To Do

    • You Will Feel Like Your First Day Of School

    • Not To Find A Clear Vision / Roadmap

  • What To Do

    • Understand The Company Org Chart

      • Key Influencers / Decision Makers

      • Key Technical Experts

      • Key Application / Owner Experts

    • Network, Network, Network

    • Listen To Your Boss

    • Understand/Question Your Team

    • Find Book Of Acronyms / Company Intranet


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Real World – Typical Day

  • Entry Level

    • 40% Programming / Code Review

    • 20% Analysis

    • 10% Learning The Business

    • 10% Research / Reading / Troubleshooting

    • 10% Verbal Peer/Manager/Customer Interaction - Business

    • 5% Verbal Peer/Manager/Customer Interaction – BSing

    • 5% E-Mail / IM Communication


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Real World – Your Boss

  • What To Expect

    • Your Boss May Not Know What To Do With You

    • Analogies, Analogies, Analogies

    • Direction / Availability

  • What To Do

    • Get Face Time: Out Of Site, Out Of Mind

    • Give 110%

    • Question & Ask For Clarity

    • 80/20 Rule – Focus On The 20%

    • Understand What Motivates Them

      • Make Them Successful / Look Good - Team


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Real World – Salary & Benefits

  • Cash: How Much To Expect

    • Entry Level Minimum - $35K

    • Year 1 Potential - $50K

    • Year 3 Potential - $Yr 1 + Up To 20%

    • Dependent On:

      • Business Type

      • Your Commitment & Your Boss’s Commitment

  • Benefits / Perks

    • Paid Vacation

    • Sick Time

    • Flex Time

    • Medical / Dental / Vision

    • Stock Purchase

    • 401K – MAX IT OUT


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Real World – Working Environment

  • Physical & Amenities

    • Cubicles / Bull Pens / Offices

    • Lunch / Vending / Coffee / Water

    • Corporate Campuses

      • Baby Sitting Service

      • Dry Cleaning Service

      • Mail Service

    • Computer Equipment

    • Conference Room / Conference Calls

    • Scheduling Your Day

    • Copy / Printer / Fax


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Real World – Company Culture

  • Depends On Business Type

  • Value On Education / Experience

  • Company Attire / Communication

  • Play The Game: Company Politics

  • Network, Network, Network

  • Understand The Power Brokers

  • Work Day Start/Stop Expectations

  • Meeting Expectations / Accountability

  • Advice:

    • Do The Right Thing

    • Watch & Follow The Leaders

    • Align Yourself With The Best


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Real World – Key Attributes To Success

  • Book Smarts

    • Education, Best Practices, Case Studies, Reading, Continued Education (i.e. MBA)

  • Street Smarts

    • Experience (i.e. Done The Job), Industry Knowledge, Big Picture Relationships

  • Genuine Relationships

    • Friendships

    • Politics, Key Person Alignment, Mentoring

  • You

    • Internal Fire, Discipline, Planning, 360 Awareness, Life Balance, Your Passion

    • Focus & Repeat


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Real World – Tips On How To Get Ahead

  • You Don’t Know Everything: Find A Mentor

    • Formal / Informal / Validate Your Passion

    • Become An Expert In Your Industry / Company

  • Bi-Lingual: Technical & Business / Professional

    • Know Your Audience

    • Set & Live The Professional Tone To The Culture

  • Your Peers: Forge Genuine Relationships With Key People

    • Work Hard; Play Harder; Get Personal

    • Use Communities: LinkedIn, NEOSA, Etc.

    • Network 360; Focus On Networking Up/Down

  • Your Boss: 80 / 20 Rule

    • Know What’s Important To Them & Exceed

    • Other 80% Is Expected, But Often Not Graded

    • Take The Initiative: Actions Speak Louder Than Words


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Real World – Tips On How To Get Ahead

  • Keep Learning

    • The Industry / Business You Serve

    • Continue Formal Education (MBA, etc.)

    • Certifications

  • Communication

    • Communicate To Express, Not Impress

    • Listen, Learn, and Increase Your Vocabulary

      • CNN, News, Earnings Releases, etc.

    • It’s Not Always The Message, But Messenger

  • Know When To Say When: Get Out & Move On

    • 3 / 5 / 7 Rule

    • Accelerate Your Career

      • Two/Three Year Plan

  • Recruiters: Align Yourself With Two

    • They Should Know Who/What Your Are

    • Keep In Contact Twice A Year



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Final Thoughts

  • Preparation

    • Put Your Goals In Writing

    • Get An Internship

    • Mock Interview

    • Get Comfortable & The Job

  • Real World

    • Your Boss: 80/20 Rule

    • Max Your 401K

    • Get A Mentor

    • Forge Genuine Relationships

    • Leverage Your Network


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