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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 institution? 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 institution?

  • 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 institution?

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 institution?

  • 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


The big c question
The Big “C” Question institution?

Career? ??


Introducing sheila curran
Introducing Sheila Curran institution?

  • 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 institution?

  • 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? institution?

  • University of Pennsylvania ‘89

  • Psychology

  • Early experiences:

  • DJ and Station Manager at college radio station


Cara s bio
Cara’s Bio institution?

  • Passion: Creative Expression

  • Early Work Experience:

    • WBCN Radio

    • KISS 108

    • Isabella Stewart Museum

  • Founder and Principal of Marketing by Storm


Who Was Ray Eddy? institution?

  • Duke University ‘92, Math and Econ

  • Early work experience:

    • IBM


Ray eddy beyond ibm
Ray Eddy: Beyond IBM institution?

  • Duke University ‘92, MAT ‘94

  • Math and Econ

    • Hewitt Associates

    • Teaching

    • Resident Advising

    • Coaching Marching Bands


Ray eddy now
Ray Eddy: Now institution?

  • 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 institution?

  • 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 institution?

  • 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 institution?

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 institution?

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 institution?

  • 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? institution?

  • 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 institution?

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 institution?

  • 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 Grads institution? Book

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 institution? 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 institution?

  • 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 institution?

  • 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 institution?

If you would like to ask a question,

please press *1 on your telephone keypad.


Thanks for participating

Thanks for Participating! institution?

Sheila Curran

Duke University

[email protected]

Experience, Inc.

[email protected]

800-583-7741


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