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The Four-Year Action Plan

Student | Parent | OCU Career Services

FRESHMAN YEAR – Self Assessment

Student’s Role:

  • Visit the office of Career Services to schedule an appointment for assistance with your choice of major and future career plan
  • Take a vocational assessment: Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator (if necessary)
  • Register with the Career Services on-line job and internship job posting system (OCUWorks)
  • Meet with a faculty member to review academic concerns such as curriculum requirements and specific course selections
  • Participate in campus activities and clubs to develop leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Begin to develop your resume

 Parent’s Role:

  • Encourage your student to visit Career Services to take an assessment, discuss future career interests, abilities, and values
  • Ask your student if he/she has registered for OCUWorks, if they tell you they haven’t yet done that, we’d be happy to walk them through it in Career Services
  • Discuss the value of meeting with faculty and academic advisors with your student
  • Talk with your student about getting involved in at least one campus organization or activity

Career Services’ Role:

  • Meet with each student to discuss career assessment results, career options based on the student’s career interests, abilities, and values
  • Assist students in registering for OCUWorks to find part-time jobs, internships, and volunteer experiences
  • Present workshops on choosing a major and what to do with one’s chosen major
  • Provide resources and guidance for students as they begin a “working copy” of their resume

  

SOPHOMORE YEAR – Exploration of Interests

Student’s Role:

  • Stay in touch with your Career Services counselor as you work through this important process
  • Investigate internship opportunities or part-time job listings to explore career prospects and gain valuable experience; remember to check OCUWorks
  • Update your resume
  • Attend Career Services workshop and events; tour the Spring Career Fair so that you’ll know how to best prepare for future fairs
  • Schedule an individual appointment with Career Services to discuss your Action Plan and ideas
  • Consider studying abroad and/or leadership positions within an organization

 Parent’s Role:

  • If your student is doubting their major choice, encourage them to visit with a Career Services counselor
  • Listen to your student talk about different career options he or she may be considering
  • Help your student come up with a list of friends or relatives that may work in a field of interest to contact for informational interviews
  • Suggest your student consider career-related work or internship experience over the summer

 Career Services’ Role:

  • Host Fall and Spring Career Fairs
  • Encourage students to register with OCUWorks to search for summer internships or career-related part-time employment
  • Hold resume writing and interviewing workshops
  • Available for individual appointments to address student questions and concerns

 

JUNIOR YEAR – Evaluation and Decision Making

Student’s Role:

  • Update your resume and cover letter
  • Contact Career Services to schedule a "Mock Interview" to get prepared
  • Attend the Fall and Spring Career Fairs
  • Join career related student professional associations
  • Become familiar with the graduate school admissions process and meet with a Career Services to discuss your future academic and professional goals
  • Contact an Alumni Mentor or professional in your field of study to participate in job shadowing or conduct an informational interview; your Career Services counselor can assist with this
  • Secure an internship or part-time employment in your field of interest

 Parent’s Role:

  • Encourage your student to take classes and/or get involved in student organizations that will enhance academics and assist in making your student more marketable
  • Discuss career options and plans with your student
  • Remind your student about Fall and Spring Career Fairs
  • Provide contacts to help your student network
  • Encourage your student to obtain an experience that relates to his/her career goals

 Career Services’ Role:

  • Hold workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills, and how to best prepare for Career Fairs
  • How students how to navigate OCUWorks while searching for intnerships
  • Meet one-on-one with students who are preparing for interviews
  • Recruit quality employers to attend the Fall and Spring Career Fairs for OCU students
  • Hold mock interviews and encourage use of resources to prepare for interviews

 

SENIOR YEAR – Planning, Preparation, and Implementation of Career Services

Student’s Role:

  • Discuss your career plans with your Academic Advisor and Career Services Counselor
  • Update your resume and cover letter
  • If applicable, take a graduate school or professional school admission exam and submit applications for graduate school and develop a back-up plan
  • Develop your job search strategy and start applying 8 – 10 months before graduation; your Career Services Counselor can assist you with this
  • Utilize Career Services to search for full time employment through our extensive job posting network (OCUWorks)
  • Attend on-campus employer information sessions and Career Fairs
  • Participate in essential workshops on topics including interviewing, job search strategies, interviewing techniques
  • Stay organized; keep a log of your contacts
  • Network, network, network

 Parent’s Role:

  • Ask your student how you can help
  • Listen to the concerns and fears your student may express
  • Offer to talk with your student about career goals and how his/her interests and skills relate to those goals
  • Offer professional contact for your student to network with (if you have them)
  • Strongly encourage your student to attend the Fall and Spring Career Fairs
  • Suggest your student make an appointment with their Career Services Counselor for final resume and cover letter critiques, job and graduate school application queries, and interviewing skills
  • Be patient, listen and encourage your student without becoming frustrated

 Career Services’ Role:

  • Assist students in finding company and organizational information
  • Host and recruit quality employers to attend the Fall and Spring Career Fairs
  • Hold workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills, and how to prepare for Career Fairs
  • Be available for one-on-one meetings with students to help them prepare for interview, Career Fairs, or to put final touches on resumes and cover letters
  • Show students how to navigate OCUWorks while conducting a job search
  • Hold mock interviews, and be available to provide effective feedback on how to improve interviewing skills