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parents as career coaches
Parents as Career Coaches

Career Services Center

Old Main 280, 650-3240

M – F ~ 8 am – 5 pm

You are here

hi i m karen powell
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



Student ready to pursue a career.

Student lacks clear educational/






career planning tools
Career Planning Tools
  • Self-knowledge
  • Educational options
  • Career knowledge
factors affecting choice
Factors Affecting Choice

External Influences

  • Lack of Information
  • Too Much Information
  • Difficulty Relating interests with Majors & Careers
additional issues
Additional Issues…
  • Lack of Self-Confidence
  • Fear or Anxiety
  • Conflicting Values
  • Conflict with Significant Others
  • Too Many Interests/Abilities

Internal Concerns

nurturing growth
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
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.
career center resources
Individual Counseling

Career Library

Career Fairs & Special Events

Internship/Job Listings


Employment Survey

Mock & On-campus Interviews


Many Resources!

Career Center Resources

We assist students to prepare for future careers…

personal assessments
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
Exploring Majors & Careers…

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
More Sites to Explore…
  • O*Net (on-line):

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook:

  • CareerOneStop:

wwu majors hired 2007 08
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
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
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
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








  • 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
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
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
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
special events 2009 2010


Oct. 22Community Internship & Volunteer Fair

Nov. 5Fall Business Career Fair


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


Apr. 22 Spring Career Fair


A Testimonial!...

You guys ROCK! Every student at WWU should know about and use your vast array of knowledge.

Scott, General Studies

thank you
Thank you…

Old Main 280

(360) 650-3240