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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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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

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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
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