So I may have enticed them in with free pizza every Friday, but the 7 students that joined this semester’s Career Exploration Group got a whole lot more than lunch on Fridays. This past week marked the completion of the 4th Career Exploration Group (CEG) at The Career Center. You might be wondering what the CEG is. Well, in short, it is my pride and joy. I began the group in Fall 2009 for first year and sophomore students who needed help choosing a major. I designed an 8 week program where students came to our office once a week to meet with the same group of students to learn more about themselves and possible career choices. Each week focuses on a different topic from Interests and Values to Career Research and Decision Making. We even end the last session with a visit from an employer who gives them great tips on what they can do now to have a successful career later.
Like I said before, I lure them in with promises of pizza but here are a few things this year’s group members had to say about what they got out of the CEG:
I know myself better now. I can identify who I am and who I want to be.
It’s okay to not know exactly what I want to do. Other people are searching too and that made me feel better knowing that.
I learned so much about all the career options I have and the resources available to me – it was eye opening!
I am so confident in making decisions now. I thought I knew what I wanted to major in but now I can make the decision with certainty.
I didn’t even pay them to say these things….except with pizza of course. If you are interested in learning more about the Career Exploration Group, give me a call at The Career Center, I’d be happy to tell you all about it!
~Deanna Rodin, Associate Director and Internship Coordinator