Parents as Career Coaches Career Services Center Old Main 280, 650-3240 M – F ~ 8 am – 5 pm http://www.careers.wwu.edu You are here
Hi…I’m Karen Powell • Career Counselor • MA, Rehab Counseling: WWU • BS, O.T.: UPS Former experience as Army Officer, Occupational Therapist, Air Traffic Controller, Independent Living Counselor… At CSC, we help students explore majors/careers, identify internships and refine job search skills
Career Development Process Entering… CSC Student ready to pursue a career. Student lacks clear educational/ occupational goals. Parents Employers Graduation!
Career Planning Tools • Self-knowledge • Educational options • Career knowledge
Factors Affecting Choice External Influences • Lack of Information • Too Much Information • Difficulty Relating interests with Majors & Careers
Additional Issues… • Lack of Self-Confidence • Fear or Anxiety • Conflicting Values • Conflict with Significant Others • Too Many Interests/Abilities Internal Concerns
Nurturing Growth… • Support special strengths and talents • Share your own career exploration & growth • Help your student connect with people you know in fields that interest them • Encourage use of “ GUR’s” (general university requirements) for exploration • Urge visits to the Career Center (Old Main 280)
Timeline for Connecting with CSC • Freshmen/Sophomores: Explore options; take assessments; use the career library • Juniors/ Transfers: Conduct informational interviews. Develop internship(s). Attend special events. • Seniors: Engage with on-campus recruiters. Prepare/conduct job search.
Individual Counseling Career Library Career Fairs & Special Events Internship/Job Listings Workshops Employment Survey Mock & On-campus Interviews Assessments Many Resources! Career Center Resources We assist students to prepare for future careers…
Personal Assessments MBTI Personality Assessment: Gain insight about who you are and why you want to work Strong Interest Inventory: Discover what you want to do and where you want to work
Exploring Majors & Careers… CSC:www.careers.wwu.edu From “Students”-- • Getting Started • Choosing a Major/Exploring Careers From “Left” Links-- • Career Fairs & Special Events • What Can I Do with a Major in… • Info on Employment of WWU Grads • On-line Career Planning Resources
More Sites to Explore… • O*Net (on-line): http://online.onetcenter.org/ • Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/oco/ • CareerOneStop: http://www.careeronestop.org/
WWU Majors Hired 2007-08 College of Business & Economics Accounting…….Accountant, Logos Research Systems, $60,000 Management……Advertising Consultant, R. H. Donnelley$36,000 Marketing………. Survey Research Analyst, comScore, $49,000 MIS...........................Solution Developer, Avanade, Inc$57,000 College of Fine Arts Art……………..Production Assistant, Pop Multimedia $32,000 Music……..……Music Teacher, Mukilteo School District $34,300
More 07-08 Graduates Hired… College of Humanities & Social Sciences East Asian Studies……… Japanese Translation, Nintendo $30,000 History..…………………...…Staff Accountant, Moss Adams $45,000 Philosophy......... Exec. Assistant, Blank Law & Technology $32,000 Recreation….Recreation Therapist, Seattle Children’s Home $30,000 Political Science.......... Dir. of Operations, Argo Strategies, $34,200 Psychology….Truancy Specialist, Skagit Co Youth/Fam Serv $32,000 Huxley College Environmental Science....... Environ. Health Specialist, Kitsap Co. Health District $38,000 Environmental Studies….Stormwater Tech, WA State DOT $48,000
Still More for 07-08… College of Sciences & Technology Biology/Anthropology...Lab Technician, Northwest Pathology, $31,500 Computer Science.............Test Automation Engineer, AutoVirt, $60,000 Geology/Environ. Geology Conc.….Emissions Spec., Paccar, $52,000 Physics……....Faculty Research Assistant,Oregon State Univ.,$38,000 Woodring College of Education HumanSvcs., Recruiting & Admissions Spec., WA Youth Academy, $38,000 Human Svcs., Homeless Comm. Advocate, Domestic Violence Svcs., $26,400 Teacher (Bachelor degree with certificate)……………………......$33,898
WWU Employment Survey 07-08 • 80% of WWU Bachelors' Degree graduates found employment either while in school or within three months of graduation. • 60.3% of 3,052 Bachelors' Degree graduates responded to the survey.
EmploymentStatus of 2007-08 Teacher Certificate Recipients* Still Seeking Other 2.9% ContinuingEducation 1.8% 0.7% Employed 94.6% • How are they employed? • Contracted Teaching: 61.2 % • Substitute Teaching: 25.6 % • Other Positions: 7.8% • Total Employed: 94.6% *281 respondents = 82% of 344 Total Grads
More Data from 07-08 Survey… • All Bachelor’s degree recipients*: 73 % employment (50.5 % in field related) • With Internships: 84 % employment & more likely to hold field related position and have higher starting salary * Data collected from 60.3 % of 3052 receiving Bachelor’s degrees
An Internship... Involves making a short termcommitment to an organization to gain valuable experience and exposure in a field of interest • May be part time or full time • May be paid or volunteer • May or may not be for college credit • Help expand internship listings: encourage your employer & other contacts to recruit from WWU • Assist your student to make connections thru acquaintances and professional network
Coaching Tips for Parents • Encourage connecting with the CSC at the beginning of the senior year • Promote making early inquiry about grad programs/schools; assistantships, fellowships and scholarships • Assist your student to identify networking opportunities for their job search • Consider cash/gift certificates for purchase of professional attire
FALL Oct. 22Community Internship & Volunteer Fair Nov. 5Fall Business Career Fair WINTER Jan. 21International Opportunities Fair Jan. 29 Majors Fair Feb. 4Government Career Information Panel Feb. 10 Etiquette Dinner Feb. 11Winter Career Fair Feb. 11 Huxley Environment Internship and Career Fair SPRING Apr. 22 Spring Career Fair SPECIAL EVENTS 2009-2010
A Testimonial!... You guys ROCK! Every student at WWU should know about and use your vast array of knowledge. Scott, General Studies
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