When I was transitioning from a career in health care management and teaching career development classes at a community college, I really enjoyed sharing my experiences and assisting others with their professional development. I wanted to learn more about the career development field and decided to explore how to become a career coach. One of the most challenging aspects of career development for students is to visualize what they will do with their degree after graduation. What do you want to be? What do you want to do? How will you put your degree to use and what does that look like in the world of work? Most people don’t ask these questions, and as a result find themselves unsure of their career path. What also makes it challenging, is the lack of exposure to the occupations students are seeking. Whether you are majoring in accounting or human services a lack of knowledge about your chosen field may limit your options when seeking internships and job opportunities.
Through our award winning Career Cycle, the Career and Professional Development Center provides you with resources to explore the world of work. In this phase, you will conduct market research on your chosen profession and learn about industry trends. In addition, you can research various occupations, learn how to gain experience prior to your graduation, and find an internship. Our online cycle has links to career resources such as Vault, an online source of career intelligence which has in-depth information on industries and companies. Through Vault you can learn about top ranked firms and obtain detailed information on specific industries through their guides. In addition, students will also have access to numerous career development resources such as Glassdoor which gives ratings on organizations, Guide Star provides information on non-profit organizations, and the latest data on occupations through the U.S. Department of Labor.
Finally, the action step that is the result of this process of exploration involves completing your professional pitch. Exploring your world of work will give you comprehensive resources about your chosen field of interest and enable you to answer the questions what I want to be and what I want to do.
Lisa Punter, Professional Development Institute Coordinator