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Rozgaar Options Post Secondary has been a vital resource for university and college students aiming to join the workforce since 2001. Readers will find the latest employment trends, information on key industries and career paths, tips from experts and recently hired grads, co-op and internship information, advice on graduate studies and much more. Best of all, our writers are all students or recent grads just like you!
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Where will you be in five, 10, or 15 years? How successful will you be? Will you be making tens of thousands in commissions, or hundreds of thousands? If you’re a little uncertain about the answers to these questions, you might not be taking the proper steps to ensure your success in the years to come, according to career-planning professionals.
Just how important is it to have a well-thought-out career plan? “Very,” says George Selix, chief learning officer for Century 21 Real Estate Corp. in Parsippany, N.J., citing a 25-year study of Harvard Business School graduates. “The study showed that those who had a formal career plan and followed it earned more than 100 times those who had no plan or one that wasn’t very specific.”
Fred Peterson, director of educational services for RE/MAX of California and Hawaii, agrees. “Having a good business plan can mean the difference between having a great career or just a few good years,” he says.
A good career plan should be focused on more than earnings, according to Lennox Scott, chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate, which serves Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Scott has a life plan that keeps his business and personal life in balance and a coach who helps him stay focused on his plan.
Whether you call it a career plan, business plan, or life plan, the important word is “plan,” says Selix. It should be specific and it should be on your desk or computer for periodic review and not put away in a drawer.
“There’s a big difference between someone who has a plan and sticks to it and someone who wings it,” says Selix. “Sooner or later, the difference reveals itself in results.”
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5 Reasons Why Career Guidance Is The Most Important,
The overall purpose of college is to help students find a career path that will lead to a successful, happy future. In other words, a job. It follows, then, that career services is the most important office on campus. Students who use career services can plan student loan borrowing based on future income, explore career opportunities during and after college and learn how to become the best possible marketable job candidates.
Internship and job listings
Colleges have databases of internships and job opportunities. These job banks are vital to a student’s job search prospects. However, I recommend appointments with career counselors at least once per semester to continue looking for internships and receiving guidance on which internships fit your skills at that moment.
For instance, a student could not qualify for an internship in their sophomore year because they didn’t have the skills developed once they’ve completed coursework for that year. If he or she applied but didn’t talk to a career counselor, he or she would not know to reapply the following year. Beyond databases of interviews, companies will also come to campus to interview students for positions. The slots are filled at career services offices.
The other kind of career guidance is when a student really has no idea what they want to do with their lives. This is perfectly normal. That’s why changing majors at least once is common. I did. But a career counselor can help students arrange shadows but also talk about job interests. Sometimes they can recommend courses that will help students cement or redefine career goals.
Seminars on resumes and interview skills
No one is born knowing how to write a resume. Career services offices often have seminars on interviewing, too. Students will learn how to dress professionally, answer questions, and write resumes tailored to individual positions. Knowing these basic career search skills is as important as any class students will take on campus.
Oftentimes career offices also post online resource of sample resumes and interview questions. Show counselors resumes after writing them and definitely participate in practice interview sessions. Answers previously thought to be positive may now be negative. For instance, since working in teams is dominant in today’s corporate environment, it’s more important to be a team player than completely self-reliant.
Entry-level salary calculations
One of the hardest decisions families make when it comes to college is how to pay for it. When it comes to borrowing student loans, it’s impossible to decide how much to borrow unless students have a realistic idea of how much they’ll make when they graduation. Every semester students should go into the career services office and discuss realistic expectations for post-graduation salaries.
Career services tracks salaries of recent graduates. The reason why going in every semester is important is because career ambitions and salary expectations change. For instance, a student may start out wanting to be a journalist and end up as a biologist. These two field vary quite a bit in entry level salaries and thus, what a student could afford to repay. The resulting numbers could mean transferring to a different, more affordable school or going to the financial aid office to look for more scholarship.
Mentorship opportunities from alumni
Networking is not only what helps most people land after graduation jobs, but it’s also what helps students gain internship and shadow day opportunities. Shadow days are my favorite tool for career exploration. A student spends a couple of hours with a professional in their field and asks questions. When the professional is an alumni, the connection can be stronger and result in even more opportunity for internships and mentoring. A mentor can guide you and answer career questions throughout your career.