Turning Your UC Degree into a Career! Ensuring Transfer Success May, 2014 Presenters: Sarah Backes-Diaz – UCB Career Center Allison Keller – UCI Career Center Patricia Garcia – UCLA Admissions Brian O’Bruba – UCM Career Center Ebony Lewis – UCSC Admissions Your major is like the steering wheel of a car; You decide what direction it will lead you! A UC major and a future career…. What is the connection? • The major is a STARTING Point. • Choosing a major does not mean a student has chosen a career • It is not true that most majors lead directly to particular jobs • There are a variety of career paths related to a major not just one GUESS THE MAJOR…. • Sonia Sotomayor (Supreme Court Justice) • Will Ferrell (Actor/Comedian) • Carly Fiorina (Businesswoman/Politician) • Natalie Portman (Actress) • Michael Jordan (Basketball Legend) • Oprah Winfrey (Talk Show Host) ANSWERS…. • Sonia Sotomayor (Supreme Court Justice) – History • Will Ferrell (Actor/Comedian) – Sports Broadcasting • Carly Fiorina (Businesswoman/Politician) – Philosophy and Medieval History • Natalie Portman (Actress) – Psychology • Michael Jordan (Basketball Legend) – Geography • Oprah Winfrey (Talk Show Host) – Speech and Drama WHY DO STUDENTS CHOOSE A MAJOR? • They based their decision on its perceived earning potential • They followed the advice or in some cases (the demands) of friends and family • They drifted into their major • Other reasons: -Inspiration from teachers -Exposure to internships -Taking a course in the specific major WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT? • • • • • Selective/Impacted Majors What’s the Best Fit Alternative Majors Time to Degree Limited Options to Change Majors CONNECTING MAJORS AND JOBS…. • Many people end up working in careers that are not directly related to their majors. Why? – Most jobs are NOT major specific or will consider any major – People’s interests change as they develop – People want to study one thing but work in a different area – Most majors are theoretical – Most majors teach very transferrable skills – Additional experiences paved their career paths REGARDING MAJORS…. • Many companies seek employees with any major. Why? – A college degree says a lot about you • • • • • • • • Hard working Time management Team player Presentation skills Research skills Writing abilities Critical thinking skills Multi-tasking skills KEEP IN MIND…. • Employers are often more concerned about your SKILLS than they are about your specific major. • Companies are willing to train newly graduated college students in any major for specific positions. (e.g. Rotational Program) • Some companies or organizations might be looking for specific skills, experience and abilities. DESIRED SKILLS…. • Multiple languages • Good Communication Skills (writing, verbal) • Interpersonal skills (problem solving, constructive feedback, initiative, etc.) • Management/Leadership • Evidence of perseverance • Analytical skills • Collaboration/teamwork BUILDING A “TOTAL PACKAGE” • • • • • • • • • Leadership experience Internships Research Student clubs and activities Volunteer experience Studying abroad Networking Build a social media presence (ex. Linkedln) Learn how to put together a good resume and personal statement and work on your interview skills MORE ABOUT INTERNSHIPS Internships provide: • Skill development and professional training • “Real world” experience and a chance to apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom • An opportunity to “test drive” a career • Mentoring and networking opportunities GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS Law schools/business schools accept any major You can major in various areas and go to medical school if you have the requirements for admissions Masters and PhD programs are looking for you to meet prerequisites and demonstrate the following: o Evidence that you can do well in the program and that you will be able to handle the rigorous work o A good personal statement and demonstrate interest in the program o Reference letters that can attest to your ability and preparedness for graduate school o Good graduate test scores and undergraduate grade point average PATHS TO A CAREER • Careers stories are unique - and people change careers several times in their lives • Linear Pathways (e.g. Engineering major to career) • Careers that may require more planning (e.g. advanced degrees) • Additional Considerations: - New careers will develop that don’t exist today - Personal skills/interests/values change over time CAMPUS RESOURCES – Campus Career Center • • • • Free for students Individual & group advising Assessment tools Job Shadow Programs – Fairs and Special Events • • • • Job & Internship fairs Graduate School Fairs Multi Cultural Career Conference Alumni Networking events OTHER RESOURCES • Career Advice Videos http://www.careerspots.com/vidplay_links_ext.aspx?aid=47 4&partid=0&apass=/j8bKfreUnYuxo/GZaXXdQ==&id=1149& pref=http://careers.ucsc.edu/index.html&src=VLI& • Career Guide http://career.ucla.edu/Files/PDF/CareerGuide/2013/CG_201 3_2014_Chapter2_091313.pdf • Career Map http://www.onetonline.org/ • Exploring Your Major http://uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html OTHER RESOURCES Campus UC Berkeley Name Career Center Website https://career.berkeley.edu/ UC Davis UC Davis Internship and Career http://icc.ucdavis.edu/ Center UC Irvine Career Center http://www.career.uci.edu/ UC Los Angeles Career Center http://career.ucla.edu/ UC Merced Center for Career & Professional http://hire.ucmerced.edu/ Advancement UC Riverside Career Center http://careers.ucr.edu/ UC San Diego Career Services Center http://career.ucsd.edu/ UC Santa Barbara UCSB Career Center http://career.ucsd.edu/ UC Santa Cruz Career Center http://careers.ucsc.edu/ Questions?