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Welcome! Please standby. The Experience Webinar “What Do You Do With A Liberal Arts Degree?” is scheduled to begin at 1 pm Eastern February 21, 2007. What Do You Do With A Liberal Arts Degree? Five “Smartest” Moves to Finding Work You Love. Sheila J. Curran

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Welcome! Please standby. The Experience Webinar “What Do You Do With A Liberal Arts Degree?” is scheduled to begin at 1 pm Eastern February 21, 2007

what do you do with a liberal arts degree five smartest moves to finding work you love

What Do You Do With A Liberal Arts Degree?Five “Smartest” Moves to Finding Work You Love

Sheila J. Curran

Fannie Mitchell Executive Director, Duke University Career Center

Coauthor, Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career

BusinessWeek.com columnist: Curran on Careers

  • Experience Web Cast
  • February 21, 2007
what college students want from their education
What College Students Want From Their Education
  • 72% want professional preparation
    • Access to internships
    • Quality of careers office
    • Placement record with employers

Eduventures* research on 6200 enrolling

first year students at all SAT levels.

* Eduventures is a research and consulting firm for the education industry, located in Boston, MA.

assumptions
Assumptions
  • Get into good school
  • Work hard
  • Get good grades
  • Find high paying, prestigious job
  • Leap over tall buildings on the way to the top
helicopter parent landing
Helicopter Parent Landing

The dilemma for parents and students

  • What’s out there?
  • How do I get there?
  • What do I need to do now?
the genesis of smart moves
The Genesis of Smart Moves
  • Illustrate how real liberal arts grads find work they love
    • Stories of 23 grads
    • Out of school less than 15 years
    • 19 different schools
    • All made smart career moves – and a few dumb ones, too
introducing sheila curran
Introducing Sheila Curran
  • BA, Russian and Persian; PGCE, Education; SPHR (Human Resources)
  • Early jobs: Assembly line worker, file clerk, cruise ship assistant, receptionist, program coordinator
  • Real jobs: director-level positions in training and development, employment, employer relations, benefits, organizational development
  • Current and previous job: career director
  • Employers: Duke University, Brown University, Gallaudet University, University of Michigan
goals of webinar
Goals of Webinar
  • Highlight career issues facing liberal arts students
  • Discuss career assumptions and realities
  • Identify learning from interviews with liberal arts grads
  • Suggest plan of action for working with liberal arts students
who was cara storm
Who Was Cara Storm?
  • University of Pennsylvania ‘89
  • Psychology
  • Early experiences:
  • DJ and Station Manager at college radio station
cara s bio
Cara’s Bio
  • Passion: Creative Expression
  • Early Work Experience:
    • WBCN Radio
    • KISS 108
    • Isabella Stewart Museum
  • Founder and Principal of Marketing by Storm
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Who Was Ray Eddy?

  • Duke University ‘92, Math and Econ
  • Early work experience:
    • IBM
ray eddy beyond ibm
Ray Eddy: Beyond IBM
  • Duke University ‘92, MAT ‘94
  • Math and Econ
    • Hewitt Associates
    • Teaching
    • Resident Advising
    • Coaching Marching Bands
ray eddy now
Ray Eddy: Now
  • Passion: Performing stunts, coaching, teaching kids
  • President, Superior Marching Band Enterprises
  • Stunt Actor: Indiana Jones at Disney-MGM Studios
cara ray and smart moves
Cara, Ray and Smart Moves
  • Listen to others
  • Learn out of classroom
  • Make career corrections
  • NETWORK!
  • Identify fall-back positions
  • Demonstrate energy and talents even in low level positions
  • Identify skills you want to build in a new position
  • Don’t be afraid of failure
  • Build a safety net by identifying clients before starting a business
the five smartest moves
The Five Smartest Moves
  • Figure out who you are and where you want to go
  • Get experience
  • Build social and networking relationships
  • Identify and fill your competence gap
  • Find your hook
the five smartest moves1
The Five Smartest Moves

SMARTEST MOVE #1

Discover who you are and where you want to go

SMARTEST MOVE #2

Get experience

the five smartest moves2
The Five Smartest Moves

SMARTEST MOVE #3

Build Social and Networking Relationships

SMARTEST MOVE #4

Identify Your Competence Gaps

SMARTEST MOVE #5

Find Your Hook

challenges for counselors
Challenges for Counselors
  • Major doesn’t equal career
  • Myriad options
  • Impossible to be knowledgeable about every field
  • On-campus recruiters may not be interested in many liberal arts majors
what to do
What to Do?
  • Educate students and parents about career realities even before matriculation
  • Find opportunities to show relationship between education and career
  • Facilitate exploration
  • Informational interviewing
  • Alumni/parent career advisors
  • Apprenticeships/Internships
  • Real-world programming, e.g., Career Week
  • TELL STORIES
carrie s story
Carrie’s Story

Moral:

  • Where you start will probably not be where you end
  • Only you can decide who you are and where you want to go

“If a man shall begin with certainties, he shall end with doubts. But if he shall content himself to begin with doubts, he shall end with certainties”

-- Sir Francis Bacon

key takeaways for your students alumni
Key Takeaways For Your Students & Alumni
  • Download this presentation from the Experience University Resources channel so you can use it with your students and alumni and share the 5 smartest moves
  • Engage your alumni to share their stories to open up possibilities for students (or buy Sheila’s book if you want to use the featured alumni as examples)
  • Encourage students and alumni to get as much exposure to new areas – internships, job shadows, info interviews, job fairs etc.
smart moves for liberal arts grads book
Smart Moves for Liberal Arts GradsBook

To Order --

“Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads:

Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career”

www.smartmovesbook.com

Also available through Amazon.com

or at your local bookstore.

Questions?

Email Sheila Curran at

[email protected]

experience resources for your students and alumni
Experience Resources For Your Students and Alumni
  • New Content
    • Job Shadow
    • Manage Your Career (for Alumni)
  • New Content Partners
    • SalesTrax (sales channel)
    • Careerbuilder (alumni channel)
new exclusive experiences
New Exclusive Experiences
  • Video Interview with CEO
  • Application deadline Feb 25th
  • Special Experience slot to attend and blog about the 2-day job fair
  • Application deadline Feb 25th
professional development series
Professional Development Series
  • March 27, 2007 --“Finding the Best-Fit Job for Students and Alumni”
    • Susan Strayer, SPHR, is a human resource professional and a career development expert, who has worked in both corporate recruiting and in career services (Johns Hopkins University).
    • She is the author of The Right Job, Right Now: The Complete Toolkit For Finding Your Perfect Career.
  • Tell Us What You Think !
    • Evaluation survey will be emailed to participants
    • Ongoing topic submission on University Resource Channel
q a session

Q & A Session

If you would like to ask a question,

please press *1 on your telephone keypad.

thanks for participating

Thanks for Participating!

Sheila Curran

Duke University

[email protected]

Experience, Inc.

[email protected]

800-583-7741

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