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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 in career planning

Parent’s Course inCareer Planning

Presented by

Center for Career Development

Biola University

overview of seminar
Overview of Seminar
  • Mission Statements
  • Developmental Stages
  • Career Planning Model
  • Career Development Resources
  • Pitfalls to Avoid - Tips to Follow
  • Questions and Discussion

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.


The mission of the Center for

Career Development

is to assist students in

discerningtheir callings in life

and in

transitioning into meaningful work.

chickering s 7 vectors developmental stages
Chickering’s 7 VectorsDevelopmental Stages
  • Developing Competence
  • Managing Emotions
  • Moving through Autonomy toward Interdependence
chickering s 7 vectors
Chickering’s 7 Vectors

4. Developing Mature Interpersonal Relationships

5. Establishing Identity

6. Developing Purpose

7. Developing Integrity

engage year one
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.
explore year two
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.
interlude time to make a decision
~~~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.

experience year three
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.
embark year four
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.
job search timeline
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
why career development now
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

knowledge and awareness about themselves
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.
knowledge and experience with world of work
Knowledge and Experience with World of Work
  • Sectors
    • Private sector: provide a product or service which produces profit. Divided into Industries/Fields.,
    • 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…
  • Functions
    • Accountant, Human Resources, Educator/Trainer, Consultant, Counselor, Computer Specialist, Minister, Analyst, Writer/Editor, Management
support students through career planning
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.
career development website
Career Development Website
  • Key source of information
  • Check regularly
common pitfalls and how to avoid them
Keeping Options open too long

Avoiding practical experience

Sophomore Drift

Not utilizing resources

Be Proactive to move

toward a decision

Plan on multiple


Sophomore Shift

explore and experience

One contact each

semester/as needed

Common Pitfalls……and How to Avoid Them
changing parent roles
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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