Choosing a major is one of the most important decisions of your college experience. It can also be one of the most difficult and stressful decisions you will ever make. But did you know it doesn’t have to be? UWGB offers so many resources to help you make the right decision for you with as little pressure as possible. You can review the list of majors offered at UWGB and speak with a Career Services advisor. But one of the most interesting options is the Career Planning course that is offered every semester.
Human Development 225 is a rewarding class that offers students the opportunity to explore major and career options through self-evaluation. The course as described by the syllabus reads:
This course is designed to help you develop a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on career development, as reflected by the definition presented in the text book: “the total constellation of economic, sociological, psychological, educational, physical, and chance factors that combine to shape one’s career.” The class sessions and assignments will provide the knowledge and resources necessary for conducting self-assessment, researching occupational and educational options, and establishing goals for career/life planning.
In the class you will also learn how to understand and apply career development theories, assess your own values, personality, and skill set, explore your academic options, and learn how to make informed career decisions. The course is worth one credit, has two sections to choose from, and is open to everyone.
Register for the Human Development 225 this fall through your SIS account or visit Career Services in SS 1600. We look forward to seeing you!
Everyone knows that a Bachelor’s degree has pretty much become a prerequisite in the job market. But did you know that employers are starting to feel like recent graduates are unprepared when it comes to hiring? According to an article by Karin Fischer published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, employers find candidates with bachelor’s degrees to be under-qualified and ill-prepared. Many of these employers are blaming colleges for the lack of preparedness, with over 30% ranking them as “fair or poor.” But why is this? What are we doing wrong? And what can we do to fix it?
Fischer states that the breakdown between the goals college degree and the expectations of employers differ in regards to marketability. She believes that colleges seek to prepare graduates on a broad scale, giving them a wide variety of knowledge and skills, whereas employers want candidates with specialized skills and specific knowledge. Employers want a college grad to be trained and ready to begin working from day one.
According to the survey in the article, as well as a survey of employers in the 2013 NACE Job Outlook, the most important (and lacking) skill for recent college grads is the ability to effectively communicate verbally. Employers are looking for candidates that can speak their mind and give intelligent responses to questions and problems. These skills are often overlooked, but can be very important in a job setting, as you will most likely be working with a group of people from time to time. David E. Boyes is quoted in the Chronicle article as having said, “It’s not a matter of technical skill, but of knowing how to think.” Developing critical thinking skills will allow you to make decisions and express yourself in an effective way.
Here at UW-Green Bay we offer a wide range of critical thinking course as part of our interdisciplinary approach to education. Consider taking Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication (Comm-166) and Communication Problems (Comm-200) to develop and hone these marketable skills. There are also numerous leadership opportunities in student organizations, including Student Government Association, Sigma Tau Delta, and other major related clubs. Search the UWGB webpage for a list of all orgs offered on campus. If you want to further develop on-the-job skills, try an internship. The Career Services office can assist you in searching and applying for internships. Check out the PRO website to browse local internship options.
The jobs market it always changing; there’s not changing that. But how we adapt to it is entirely up to us. Knowing which skills and assets are important to employers can help you better develop skills to meet these growing demands. Stop by Career Services (SS 1600) to find out more about what you can do to prepare yourself for the jobs market and beyond.
As you set out into the crazy world of the job search, it can sometimes be overwhelming. But did you know that you probably already use some helpful job search tools every day? Believe it! Lindsey Pollak, bestselling author of Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World, tells us about how social media can be an amazing tool when it comes to networking and building connections during a job search.
Known as the expert on the struggles “Generation Y” will face in the job search, Pollak wrote an article for the February 2013 issue of Job Choices magazine. In the article she outlines 10 steps that everyone can take to improve their networking skills and make connections using the social media tools they already have.
1. Develop a Professional Presence.
2. Fill Your Profile With Keywords.
3. Use LinkedIn to Find Your Path.
4. Get Personal.
5. Be a Joiner (Of Groups and Online Communities
9. Keep People Up to Date.
10. Use Social Media to Ace Interviews.
These ten steps are a great outline for you to get started using social media as a job search tool. But don’t forget, it is always important to make sure that your online presence is professional. Do you really want a potential employer to see what you did last weekend? Didn’t think so. Pollack also reminds us that social media is only a tool in the job search, not the only aspect. Make sure to explore all forms of job search techniques to ensure a well-rounded and thorough experience.
To view the full article from Lindsey Pollak, visit http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nace/JobChoices0812_Diversity/index.php#/27