Career Action Plan
Career Action Plan
First Year/30 credits
By the end of your first year, you should make a purposeful selection of a major.
Students should be able to:
1.1 Describe personal preferences, strengths, interests, values
1.2 Describe career opportunities from the major, in the home region
1.3 Declare a major and have a nine-semester MAP
What You Can Do
**FOCUS 2: Students can register and complete on their own, get results immediately. A quick and easy assessment of personality, interests, values, and skills, and personalizes the results to career options. Review results with a career manager or academic advisor if desired. Career Services offers a workshop for group interpretations .
Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): Available through Career Services. A high quality personality assessment which is interpreted in terms of career options. Most effective if taken and reviewed with a trained career manager or academic advisor. Career Services offers a workshop for group interpretations.
Strong Interest Inventory: Available through Career Services. Based on Dr. John Holland’s vocational psychology, this assessment provides students with a three letter Holland occupation code, which is widely used for job classifications. Must be reviewed with a trained career manager or academic advisor. Career Services offers a workshop for group interpretations.
Sign up for a course - ST DEV 102: a 1-credit hour course which can be taken online or face to face, half a semester or semester long. A step by step career development course. Students will make confident choices in a major & career as a result of this course.
What Can I Do With This Major? Great resource which outlines potential career paths from a diversity of majors. http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/major/majors/. Provided by the Univ. of Tenn.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/. U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics provides information which describes in detail the nature of work, educational requirements, pay, job outlook, and related occupations.
O*NET: http://www.onetonline.org/. Search occupations using the three letter occupational code.
Conduct an Informational Interview: Explore career paths by interviewing two professionals in career paths in which the students are interested. Find someone in their home network, or visiting employers at on-campus events such as Career Fair.
Do a Job Shadow: Spend a few hours on the job with a professional in a career a student likes.
BYU-Hawaii majors: http://catalog.byuh.edu/node/251. Lists all majors, minors, & certificates.
Declare a Major: Students have officially declared their major when they have met with their academic advisor and created a nine-semester MAP. See Resources Academic Advising information.
Second Year/60 credits
By the end of the second year, you should prepare for an internship opportunity, by:
2.1 Creating a professional resume
2.2 Expressing a personal, professional introduction and/or completing a practice interview
2.3 Identifying an experiential learning (internship) opportunity
What You Can Do
Oral and Written Professional Communication
Resumes: There are many resources for resumes online by simply searching the internet. Career Services also offers a resume workshop for groups. Students may have their resumes reviewed by a career advisor.
Interviewing: There are many resources for interviewing online by simply searching the internet. Career Services also offers an interview workshop for groups. Students may schedule a practice interview with a career advisor.
Interview Stream: Students log in with their CES netID and password. They can choose from thousands of interview questions, record their answers via webcam, and evaluate their own performance.
LDSjobs.org handouts: Interview Techniques, Me in 30 Seconds, Presenting Your Skills, Writing a Resume, Written Communication, and Working a Job Fair.
Experiential Learning (Internship)
Internships: The website answers most questions about qualifications and requirements to complete an internship for academic credit. Students may meet with a career manager for personalized assistance or to simply get answers to questions.
Career Bulletin: A Career Bulletin is sent out via e-mail every week by Wednesday and it typically includes information about internships, on-campus recruiting events, and information sessions. This is a great resource for finding an internship. Sign up for the Career Bulletin.
Academic Department Coordinator: Every academic department at BYU-Hawaii has a member who is the designated internship coordinator. They can provide direction and often have direct ties to internship opportunities.
YCareers: Our preferred employers will list internship and full-time opportunities in our on- campus job board. Make sure to have a professional resume approved and uploaded in order to take advantage of opportunities which arise.
On-Campus Events: Almost every month an employer/provider is on our campus recruiting students for internships and employment. Get connected with real opportunities.
Third Year/90 credits
By the end of the third year, you should have a job offer or admittance to graduate school, by
3.1 Being actively engaged in a personal network
3.2 Creating Job Search Plan or Graduate School Plan
What You Can Do
Graduation: Students need to meet with their academic advisors in order to apply for graduation. Students should apply approximately 9 months prior to graduation.
Job Search: Create your job search plan. Get a mentor or work with a Career Services manager. Your job search should begin at the same time as your gradation application (9 months prior to graduation). Career Services offers a Job Search workshop for groups.
Professional Mentoring: Get connected with a professional mentor in their field. Alumni Services will help connect you with a mentor in your professional industry and possibly from your home area. See Alumni Services for details on the mentoring program.
Graduate School: Career Services provides advising for students planning to attend graduate school. To be worth your time and money, you should be able to articulate a defined career outcome as a result of the degree you will seek (i.e., earn a CPA, be a licensed social worker). Having work experience first is highly recommended for most programs. Prayerfully consider your career options. Experience and developed skills are what what employers seek.