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the career planning process

The Career Planning Process

Presented By: Office of Career Services

Moody Hall 134; Ph. (512)448-8530

purpose of this presentation
Purpose of This Presentation
  • Introduce parents to Career Services at SEU
  • Explain the career planning process
  • Encourage you to send your sons and daughters to Career Services in their freshman year

(Note: This presentation is not delivered to freshmen, only to parents.)

career services staff
Career Services Staff

Barbara Henderson, DirectorLiz Narduzzo, Office Manager

John Lucas, Keri Swanson, Emily Salazar Undergraduate Career Counselors

Andrew Harper, Employer Relations Manager; Sally Perez-Ramos, Internship Coordinator

Laurie Doran,



services and resources
Services and Resources
  • Individual career counseling
  • Career assessments and long term planning
  • Decision-making: majors and careers
  • Job search, resume, interviewing guidance
  • Job and internship database:
  • Graduate/professional school guidance
  • GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT prep classes
  • Website:
more services
More Services
  • CPAM 1110 class (career planning for credit)
    • Section 01: Independent Study
    • Section 02: Graduate School/GRE preparation
  • Workshops, employer panels, class presentations
  • Annual Events:
    • Job & Internship Fair; Internship fair
    • Graduate and Professional Fair
    • Networking and business etiquette events
how we reach out to students
How We Reach Out to Students
  • Hilltop Careers and e-mails
  • SEU weekly student E-news & faculty newsletter
  • Social media:

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest

  • Campus flyers, posters, and information stations
  • Class presentations
  • Collaboration with Academic Planning/Support,

FYSM classes, collaboration with all support services

it s long term
It’s Long-term
  • Some statistics(Kate Brooks of UT and Dr. Fritz Grupe,
    • 80% of college students don’t know what they want to

major in, even when they say they do (SEU: 200+ AEP)

    • 80% of college students change majors at least once
    • Undergraduates try 4-5 majors by taking a course
    • On average, college students change majors 3 times
    • 44% of students change majors between their

2nd semester freshman year and graduation day

    • 80% of college graduates will not be working in their

major field of study 10 years after they graduate

    • College graduates change careers 4-5 times in their lifetime
in college 2 decisions made
In College - 2 Decisions Made
  • 1st decision = Major / 2nd decision = Career
    • Major : means choosing academic field of study
    • Career: means deciding on a job/industry after graduation

2. Major does NOT equal Career

    • St. Edward’s is not a Vo-Tech; it’s a Liberal Arts school

3.Think of a career as a Job Title:

    • You major in Psychology; business card says “Outreach Coordinator”
    • You major in Art; business card says “M.D./Physician”
    • You major in Business Admin.; business card says “Teacher”
a word about undecided aep
A Word About Undecided/AEP
  • SEU undecided students referred to as “AEP”
  • Lots of external/internal pressure on AEP students
  • They feel alone, but they’re one of many
  • It’s really OKAY to be undecided as a freshman
  • “Declared” students also benefit from meeting with

Career Counselor about their major (just in case)

a word about special majors
A Word About “Special” Majors
  • Special majors: students interested in Art, Theater,

Photography, Music, Sports…

  • Should parents be concerned?
  • How to advise students?
researching majors careers
Researching Majors/Careers
  • Information interviews
  • Career Services website

-Occupational Outlook Handbook

-What Can I Do With a Major In?

  • Books, literature in Career Services library
choosing a career
Choosing a Career
  • It takes longer to decide on a career
  • It requires research, information interviews,

internships, extracurricular experience

  • It’s more involved than just taking a class
  • It may not happen until junior, senior year
why is experience important
Why is Experience Important?
  • For decision-making, for experience in a targeted

field, and for resume building

  • Best career decisions made are based on experience
  • When job searching, employers will want experience
  • Students involved in extracurricular activities often do better in classes; their interest is peaked
  • Experience can be achieved in many ways: internships, study abroad, volunteer service, campus activities, part-time jobs
internships are most important
Internships Are Most Important!
  • Formal/Informal; Paid/Unpaid; Credit/Non-Credit
  • How many: Every student should do AT LEAST ONE

related to their specific career path

  • To be competitive: do 2-3 internships, or more
  • When: Formal ones=junior, senior years; Informal

ones, no special time

  • Employers or degree plan may set the criteria
  • Career Services: Internship Coordinator, Hilltop Careers, Internship and Job/Internship Fairs
beyond major career exploration
Beyond Major & Career Exploration
  • Job search

(Tip: Students should browse job descriptions even in freshman, sophomore years. They shouldn’t wait until senior year to see what employers expect.)

  • Job market
  • Networking: in person and online
  • Planning/preparing for graduate school or professional school (law, medical, dental, etc.)
planning and timelines
Planning and Timelines

Fall 2012 Focus on required coursework, grades; visit Career Services

Spring 2013 Decide on major or at least Academic Area: Humanities, BSS,

Natural Science, Education, Business/Management

Summer 2013

Fall 2013

Spring 2014

Summer 2014

Fall 2014 Decide on job path or higher education path

--Job: focus on relevant internships/Education: Research schools

Spring 2015 Take prep course for GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT

Summer 2015 Internship and/or: Have taken graduate/professional school

admission test GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, etc.

Fall 2015 Internship and/or: Apply to graduate/professional school

Spring 2016 Internship and Graduate from St. Edward’s


Summer 2016

Fall 2016 Enter graduate/professional school

the graduating senior
The Graduating Senior
  • In 4 years your student becomes “a resume”
  • For jobs, graduate/professional school, resume must be competitive:
    • Tight job market: Central Texas and beyond;

even Peace Corps and Teach for America…

    • Higher education also competitive
  • What will your son/daughter’s resume look like

in four years?

resume 4 years from now
Resume – 4 Years From Now

Heidi Hilltopper 3001 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78704 (512)448-8530


Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance May 2016

Summa Cum Laude, 4.0GPA; St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

Educationalone on a resume ≠

a competitive job or graduate school.

Education without experience RELATED to career track, i.e. fast food cashier, or receptionist, or lifeguard or

babysitter job ≠ competitive job

or graduate school admission.

final exam
Final Exam
  • What’s the name of database with jobs/internships?
  • How many internships should a college student do?
  • What’s the name of the career class taught by

career counselors?

  • True or False: If a student is thinking about Art as a

major, you should tell them to pick a “real major”

like Business Administration?

  • Where is the office of Career Services?
  • When should a new SEU student visit Career Services?
just do one thing
Just Do One Thing
  • Encourage your son or daughter to visit Career

Services in their freshman year…

  • We’ll take it from there!