KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE EXPERIENCE

Prepared by the Career Services Staff at Kutztown University

 

 

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EXPLORE CAREER AREAS

 

 

EXPLORE CAREER AREAS

 

EXPLORE CAREER AREAS

 

EXPLORE CAREER AREAS

 

 

 

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          Talk with parents, friends, professors

          Use focus II

          Identify the following

- Past accomplishments

- Skills & Abilities

- Career values

- Personality style

 

          Read about Careers in Library

          List short term goals

          Talk with professionals in interesting careers (information interviews)

          Apply for several summer jobs

          Spend a day on the job with professionals in different careers

          Try an internship

          List tentative decisions about your career direction

          Attend a resume writing workshop

          Attend an interview prep workshop

          Read about careers options in many areas

          Become familiar with work settings & job descriptions

          Gain experience through a related summer job

 

 

 

          Attend the following workshops:

- Job search

- Interviewing

- Senior Orientation

          Develop employer contact list

          Attend Career Fairs(s)

Interview for job

- on campus

- independent

          Explore ALL employment opportunities

          Read professional journals, directories & other sources of employment information

 

 

EXPLORE THE UNIVERSITY

 

 

GAIN MORE INFORMATION

 

MAKE INITIAL CHOICES

 

LONG-TERM DECISIONS

 

 

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          Read course catalogue

          Set academic advising appointment

          Attend a workshop on:

- Study skills

- Test taking

          Talk with upper-class students about general education courses

          Think about taking summer classes

 

 

 

          Make an appointment for academic advisement

          Focus attention on attaining a good GPA

          Choose a major

          Write a tentative 4 yr. Academic plan

          Talk with students in your major

          Think about a study abroad program

          Take some computer or business courses

 

          Choose electives

          Earn good grades in major courses

          Attend seminars & conferences related to your major

          Ask faculty about relationship between academic coursework & future plans

          Is Grad School in your future? Find out when you need to apply and what you need to do

          Degree check

 

          Send out Grad School Applications

          Develop a special senior project

          Develop an independent study

          Make a list of your long-term learning goals

          Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 yrs.?

 

 

 

 

GAIN SELF-AWARENESS

 

EXPAND NEW ROLES

 

 

TAKE SOME RISKS

 

 

MAKE COMMITMENTS

 

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          Identify interests & values

          Ask about individual counseling

          Visit the University Counseling Center

          List your major fears of college life

          Discuss your changing relationship with parents

 

          Get to know some International students

          Find a mentor who can offer support

          Plan discussions with others from different cultures

          Seek out people to talk over problems with

          Help another work through a problem

          Discuss some of your decisions with a mentor

          Test your ideas through a discussion group

          List the components of your lifestyle

          Talk to an alumni about your first year out of school

          Make a list of your firm decisions

          Write 3 goals for your life

          List 5 fears about next year

 

 

INITIATE RELATIONSHIP

 

 

INCREASE INVOLVEMENT

 

 

EXERCISE NEW SKILLS

 

 

DEVELOP LEADERSHIP

 

 

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          Join Res. Hall or Greek organization

          Join professional or business club

          Join activity clubs

          Allow regular time for leisure with regular get-together times

          Work on Res. Hall or Greek project/program

          Get involved in student government

          Participate in intramurals

          Invite Professor or Staff to Res. Hall

          Run for an elected office

          Apply for an R.A. position

          Volunteer your time to help a civic organization

 

 

          Chair a group

          Supervise a student project

          Lead a professional organization

          Volunteer to work in one of the campus offices