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Career Development Center (CDC) www.CDC.uwm.edu. Linda Walker Career Counselor New Student Orientation. Who Does The Career Development Center Assist: . Freshmen and Sophomores Juniors , Seniors and Graduate New Graduates Alumni Returning Adults

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career development center cdc www cdc uwm edu

Career Development Center (CDC)www.CDC.uwm.edu

Linda Walker

Career Counselor

New Student Orientation

who does the career development center assist
Who Does The Career Development Center Assist:
  • Freshmen and Sophomores
  • Juniors , Seniors and Graduate
  • New Graduates
  • Alumni
  • Returning Adults
  • UNDECIDE & DECIDE individuals
when should freshmen students begin using the career development center
When should freshmen students begin using the Career Development Center?
  • Becoming acquainted with our resources and services early on benefits the students immensely.
  • They are better prepared to take make career planning decisions, find internships, jobs, or post-graduate options that fit with their interests, skills, and values.
career counseling
Career Counseling
  • Available to students and alumni by appointment with a career counselor.
  • Identifying majors and career options that match your interests, values, skills, and personality.
  • Researching careers and exploring careers related to academic majors.
career planning course
Career Planning Course
  • This 2-credit, pass/fail course provides information on:
  • Develop a career portfolio
  • Careers/majors that fit your interests, values, and skills
  • Making effective career decisions and setting goals for your future
career assessment
Career Assessment

The Strong Interest Inventory - This inventory is offered to help map out people’s individual interests and relate them to academic majors and career options.

The Strong Interest Inventory- A research validated instrument designed to assist students and adults with career planning decisions. 

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Career Assessment
  • The Strong Interest Inventory- assessment takes about 25 minutes to complete.
  • Strong will help you to discover your true interests so that you can better identify, understand, and expand your career options. 
express lane walk in assistance
Express Lane Walk-In Assistance
  • CDC career counselors provide 10-15 minutes of assistance on:
  • resumes/cover letters, brief job search and interview related questions, and beginning career planning steps. 
workshops
Workshops
  • Choosing a major/career
  • Identifying and Marketing Skills
  • Resume/Employment Letter
  • Interviewing, Networking
  • Using Social Media
  • Preparing for career and job fairs
  • Specific requests from student organizations
employment job search sites
EmploymentJob Search Sites
  • On Campus Jobs, Work-Study Jobs
    • Panther Jobs
  • Off Campus: Part-time, Full-time, Volunteer and Internships.
job search counseling preparation
Job Search Counseling &Preparation
  • Identifying advertised and unadvertised positions.
  • Developing strong resumes and cover letters.
  • Preparing for interviews and salary negotiations.
career days job fairs employer events
Career Days, Job Fairs & Employer Events
  • They offer the opportunity to gather first-hand information about careers and jobs in business, non-profit, health care, education, military, engineering and computers.
  • law enforcement as well as submit your resume(s) for summer jobs, internships, and part-time and full-time positions.
how parents can help
How Parents Can Help
  • First Year College Students
first year students
First Year Students
  • Many students enter college undecided about their major.
  • Many students who enter college as undecided students worry that they are undecided.
  • Many students who enter college declaring a major are really undecided.
career planning
Career Planning
  • 25-50% of students entering college are unsure of their major.
  • About 75% of college students will change their major at least once and others two or three times.
  • Nearly 50% of graduates change their career plans after college.
reasons why your college student may be undecided or change majors
Reasons why your college student may be undecided or change majors
  • I have no idea what I want to do.”
  • “I’m interested in everything and I can’t narrow it down.”
  • “I have some idea of what I’m interested in, but I’m not sure.”
  • “I want to do X but everyone expects me to do Y.”
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Reasons why your college student may be undecided or change majors
  • May lack information about self , possible majors, or possible careers.
  • May need to spend some time in college learning more about self and college majors.
  • There may be a conflict between their interests and ability.
reasons why your college student may be undecided or change majors2
Reasons why your college student may be undecided or change majors
  • There may be a conflict between their goals and others’ opinions (family, friends, ect).
  • May be afraid to commit and feel that there is “no rush”.
  • Afraid of choosing a major that doesn’t have many career options – or not paying high salaries to cover paying loans
how can parents help
How Can Parents Help
  • Listen
  • Ask helpful, insightful, questions
  • Be constructive and affirming of your son or daughter.
  • Don't judge or jump to conclusions.
  • Be ready for unexpected responses and ask for more details.
  • Share your experiences when appropriate.
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How Can Parents Help
  • Encourage your son or daughter to meet with a career counselor and to utilize the career center's resources.
  • Engage in career exploration and self- assessments.
  • Help find more information or provide the contact information for people you know working in the field in which your child's interest lies