GW Career Success
Career culture
Class of 2012 survey results
Career Success Plan
CI student experience
Parents’ role
GW Career Culture
The George Washington University’s distinguished career culture
empowers its students and alumni to translate their world-class
academic and co-curricular experiences at the university into a
lifetime of productive and engaged citizenship.
This culture:
• Enhances knowledge in action
• Educates students and alumni about career management skills
• Supports and extends GW’s worldwide and lifelong community
• Is embedded throughout GW’s academic and co-curricular offerings
Career Success: Class of 2012
• Employment/graduate school
 Employed full/part-time
 Attending graduate school
 Military
 Self-employed
• Volunteer/Gap year activity
• Other activity/undecided
• Seeking employment
Does not add to 100% due to rounding
Career Success Plan
Individual “My Career Success Plan”
Developmental core competencies
Foundational and advanced outcomes
Track successes and accomplishments
My Career Success Plan
Self Knowledge
• Identify strengths and skills
• Explore personality, interests, and values
• Market strengths and skills to industry employers
• Apply prior work experience and academics to job choices
and applications
• Engage in on and off campus experiences: student
employment and Federal Work Study positions,
community service, student organizations, and internships
• Apply to and obtain internships and jobs that are related to
industry of interest and career goals
• Expand leadership roles on and off campus
• Create LinkedIn profile
• Review and update personal online presence
• Use online resources to access pre-professional opportunities
• Enhance LinkedIn profile
• Independently apply to internships and jobs
• Compile and manage resources, contacts, and events in target
• Evaluate other online resources for credibility/reliability
Workplace & Interpersonal Skills
• Observe, learn, and practice verbal and non-verbal
communication in the workplace
• Effectively manage time, set goals, and execute tasks
• Develop personal and professional etiquette skills
• Learn about organizational structure and resources
• Learn about ethics in the work place
Occupations & Industries
• Link assessed career interests, majors, personality, skills,
and values to industry areas
• Identify potential career options and occupations
• Interact with employers and build a network in industry of
• Learn industry hiring and promotion practices
Application Materials
• Build basic internship and job search materials
• Create resumes and cover letters that highlight strengths
and academic and co-curricular activities
• Refine application materials to targeted industry employers
that highlight relevant skills and experiences
• Learn how to network effectively
• Join existing student and professional groups related to
career interests
• Build and maintain relationships with individuals and
groups of interest
• Conduct informational interviews with alumni and other
• Learn and practice basic interviewing strategies
• Develop advanced interviewing skills: incorporate key
words and skill sets specific to industry of interest
• Learn and practice various types of interviewing:
Behavioral-Based, Case Interviews
• First Year (not yet)
– Focus on self knowledge and leadership skills through: student
employment/Federal Work Study, community service, student
groups, and organizations
• Sophomore, Junior, Senior year
– One semester +, quality better than quantity, skills to be
– Credit (or not) paid (or not)
– Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund
– Percentage of GW students who have done an internship?
CI Student Experience
• Self Knowledge
– Identify personality types
– Fun buttons
• Industry clusters with internship and employer information
• Student employment and FWS
Self Identification Exercise
Personality Types (Refer to handout for descriptions)
Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional
Industry Clusters
Business, Economics
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
Education, Training, Social Services
Public Policy, Law, Government, International Affairs & Development
Health Sciences, Nursing, Medicine, Public Health
Arts, Media, Communication
Parents Facilitate Career Success, too!
•Helping Your Student
 Share your knowledge and experiences
 Encourage exploration and reflection – wear your buttons!
Helping GW
 GWAA LinkedIn group
 Hire GW: internship and employment opportunities
 Industry expos and networking events
•Getting Involved
 Office of Parent Services Partnership
Colonial Crossroads – Marvin Center 505
[email protected]
Pick up your buttons and enjoy!