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The career planning process why it has to start today
The Career Planning ProcessWhy It Has To Start Today

By: Career Services

Moody Hall 134, (512)448-8530,

Purpose of this presentation
Purpose of This Presentation

  • Introduce parents to the office of Career Services

  • Explain the career planning process

  • Encourage you to send your sons and daughters to Career Services in their freshman year

1 introducing the career services department
1. Introducing…the Career Services department

Career services staff
Career Services Staff

Barbara Henderson, DirectorLiz Narduzzo, Office Manager

John Lucas, Keri Swanson, Emily Salazar: Career Counselors

Andrew Harper, Internship Coordinator; Rosemary Hook, Career Manager for

Adult Students

Moody Hall 134 – Phone: (512)448-8530

Services and resources
Services and Resources

  • Individual career counseling

  • Career assessments

  • Career and majors database:

  • Job search, resume, interviewing guidance

  • Job and internship database:

  • Graduate/professional school guidance

  • Long-term planning advice

  • Social media advice

  • Website:

More services
More Services

  • CPAM 1110 class (career planning for credit)

    • Section 01 = Independent Study

    • Other sections = Graduate school/GRE, Internships, Student leadership

  • Workshops, seminars, class presentations

  • Employer presentations

  • Events:

    • Annual Job & Internship Fair; annual internship fair

    • Graduate and Professional Fair

    • Networking and etiquette events

How we reach out to students
How We Reach Out to Students

  • Hilltop Careers e-mails

  • SEU e-newsletter

  • Facebook (St. Edward's University Career Services)

  • Twitter (SEUCareer)  

  • Linked In (St. Edward's University Career Network)

  • Campus flyers, posters

  • Class presentations

  • Faculty newsletter, Horizon

  • Information booths

2 understanding career decision making
2. Understanding…Career Decision-Making

It s a long term process
It’s a Long Term Process

  • 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

Very important
Very Important!

  • College students make TWO decisions

    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

    • Students receive Liberal Arts education

Choosing a major
Choosing a Major

  • Five academic schools at St. Edward’s

    • Behavioral Social SciencesCrim. Justice, Criminology, Envir. Sci./Policy, Forensic Sci. Global Studies, History, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology

    • EducationTeaching (Elem-H.S.), Kinesiology

    • HumanitiesArt, Catholic Studies, Communication, Engl. Lit, Engl. Writing/Rhet., French,

      Graphic Design, Interactive Games Studies, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Photo-communications, Religious/Theolog. Studies, Spanish, Theater Arts

    • Management and BusinessAccounting, Accntg/IT, Bus. Admin., Digital Media Mngmt., Economics, Entre-preneurship, Finance, Interactive Games Mgmt., Intl. Bus., Management, Marketing

    • Natural SciencesBiochem., Bioinformatics, Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Lab. Sci., Computer Inf. Sci., Environ. Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Mathematics

More about choosing major
More About Choosing Major

  • Usually happens during freshman year

  • Sometimes happens in early freshman year

  • Much external/internal pressure about this decision

  • Okay to be undecided and change your mind during freshman year

  • Career Services helps:

    • Students completely undecided about major (AEP)

    • Students torn between 2 or more majors

1 more thing about majors
1 More Thing About Majors

  • Students interested in: art, photography, music, theater …

  • What’s the concern of parents?

  • How should the student be advised?

Choosing a career
Choosing a Career

  • Major vs. Career misunderstood by students

  • They think major is the only decision needed

  • Important that they learn distinction early

  • Often takes years to decide on career

  • Requires experience, internships, research, information interviews , career counseling meetings

  • Think of a career as a Job Title:

    • Majored in Psychology; Career/Job: Community Outreach Coordinator

    • Majored in Art; Career/Job: M.D. Physician

    • Majored in Business Admin.; Career/Job: Teacher

Experience is very important
Experience is Very Important

  • For learning, for decision-making, for experience in

    target field, and for resume building

  • Best career decisions made based on experience

  • In job search, employers will want experience

  • Experience achieved through many avenues:

    REFER TO HANDOUT (checklist)

  • Students involved in extracurricular activities often

    do better in classes ; peaks interest

  • When to start? Will vary from student to student

Internships most important for career
Internships:Most Important for Career

  • Formal vs informal

  • Paid vs unpaid

  • Credit vs non-credit

  • How many: Every student should definitely do one internship directly related to specific career

  • For a competitive portfolio: 2-3 internships

  • Career Services resources: Hilltop Careers database,Andrew Harper-Internship Coordinator, employer partnerships

3 more areas of career planning
3 More Areas of Career Planning

  • Career research/exploration

    • Literature

    • Information interviews

    • Job shadowing

  • Job search and networking

    • What about Social Media Networks?

    • Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Ustream, etc.

  • Planning/preparing for graduate school and professional school (law, medical, dental, etc.)

Let s not forget timelines
Let’s Not Forget Timelines

Fall 2011 Enter St. Edward’s

Spring 2012

Summer 2012

Fall 2012

Spring 2013

Summer 2013

Fall 2013 Decide on job path or higher education path

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

Spring 2014 Take prep course for GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT

Summer 2014 Have taken graduate/professional school admission test GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, etc.

Fall 2014 Apply to graduate/professional school

Spring 2015 Graduate from St. Edward’s


Summer 2015

Fall 2015 Enter graduate/professional school

3 looking ahead four years from now 2015
3. Looking ahead…Four years from now - 2015

3 looking ahead four years from now 20151
3. Looking ahead…Four years from now - 2015

Graduating senior
Graduating Senior

  • In 4 years student becomes “a resume”

  • For jobs, graduate/professional school, resume must

    be competitive:

    • Tight job market

    • Higher education competitive

    • Central Texas competitive

    • Service (Peace Corps, Teach for America, AmeriCorps

      have become very competitive)

  • What will your son/daughter’s resume look like in 4 years?

Basic resume
Basic Resume

Heidi Hilltopper

0000 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78704 (512)000-0000 [email protected]


Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting May 2015

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

Educationalone on a resume ≠

a competitive job or graduate school.

Education without related experience, i.e. cashier at Burger King, or

shoe sales at Macy’s, or lifeguard or

babysitter job ≠ competitive job

or graduate school either.

Sample job description
Sample Job Description

  • Staff Accountant

    • Strong analytical/communication skills; produce accurate results

    • Work comfortably with both spreadsheets AND people

    • Prepare general ledger, payroll, accounts receivable/payable

    • Monitor customer contracts, billing, fixed asset management

      and compliance with government incentive programs

    • Perform quarterly, year end close; monthly reconciliations per GAAP

    • Prepare financial statements; analyze financial statement balances,

      trial balances, budgets, and identify variances

  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree/Accounting; 2-3 years public or private accounting experience

    • Ability to work in global environment; team-oriented approach

Competitive resume
Competitive Resume

  • The goal for all graduating seniors

    Sample Resume

  • Can you see why it’s attractive to employers or graduate


4 in closing what have you learned how can you help
4. In closing…What have you learned? How can you help?

Final exam
Final Exam

  • What’s the name of database of majors and careers?

  • 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


  • 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?

How you can help
How You Can Help

  • 4 years from now – is not on a freshman’s radar screen

  • Career planning often postponed until senior year

    (week before/after graduation)

  • Some students never visit Career Services

  • Overload: e-mails, social media, campus posters

  • Career Services won’t meet all freshmen (Open House)

  • Please encourage them to visit our office during their first and at the latest second semester at St. Edward’s

Welcome to st edward s
Welcome to St. Edward’s

We’ll take it from here!