Hard Questions and How to Answer Them

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Hard Questions and How to Answer Them Tools and Strategies for the College Career Coach 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc. About Matt Vice President CSO Research, Inc. 20+ Years in Career Services & Workforce Development University of Texas at Austin University of Southern California St. Edwards University Alternative Resources Corp Randstad Corp NACE Board SoACE/SWACE Boards EACE PR Committee MWACE Conference Committee Career Services Evangelist Life is unscripted! Our job is to help students develop the ability to write their own scripts as they go, so they can thrive in an unscripted world! Matt Berndt 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc. The Inspiration http://thecampuscareercoach.com 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc. Three Theories of Career Development Chaos Theory of Careers The Chaos Theory of Career: A New Perspective on Working in the 21st Century Robert Pryor & Jim Bright. Rutledge (www.rutledge.com), 2011 Life Design Theory of Careers Life Design: A Paradigm for Career Intervention in the 21st Century Mark Savickas. Journal of Counseling & Development, January 2012, Volume 90, pp. 13-19 Protean Careers The Proteus Solution: How to Successfully Navigate Todays Protean Workplace Sharon Calvin & Jay Block, 2011 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc. http://www.rutledge.com/Chaos Theory Simplicity to Complexity Certainty to Uncertainty Reductionism to Emergence Segmentation to Interconnection Linearity to Nonlinearity Causality to Contingency Determinism to Agentism Analysis to Synchrony Order to Turbulence Predictability to Chance 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc. Life Design Theory Constructs career through small stories Reconstructs the stories into a life portrait, and Co-constructs intentions that advance the career story into a new episode Contextual Possibilities Dynamic Processes Nonlinear Progression Multiple Perspectives Personal Patterns 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc.Protean Career Theory Personal Responsibility Anticipation of Change Embracing Curiosity Adaptability/Diversification Positive Influencers Reciprocal Relationships Managing Market Value Financial Sustainability Wellness Time Management Achievement Plans Act React Adapt 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc. We need to recognize that the most fundamental challenge that career counselors confront is to assist their clients to develop the skills of adaptation and resilience required to negotiate and use productively the fluctuating fortunes of their careers. Pryor & Bright, 2011 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc. Our Goal To learn how to more effectively assist clients in navigating their personal career exploration and decision-making journeys 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc. Make no assumptions There is rarely one right answer The question asked is often not the root question There are usually sub-questions to every question Dont make decisions for of advisees (rather present options and pathways) Offer actionable advice Manage your expectations Empower and follow up 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc. Strategy Understand the Context of the Question Identify the Questions within the Question Explore Options with Client Assess Clients Risk Tolerance Prioritize Exploration Options Immediate-Term, Short-Term, Long-Term Identify Resources Assign Homework & Set Follow-up Define Success 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc. Practice What more do you need to know? Find three alumni (on LinkedIn) that might be good resources for this student Find three online resources that might help this student. Identify three immediate terms goals for this student Identify at least one obstacle this student is likely to face and your recommendations for getting past it. What is the next step? 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc. Case Study #1 I will finish my undergraduate degree in May and plan to move from Atlanta to Minneapolis to start my career. I will have a Bachelors degree in English Creative Writing. What type of jobs am I qualified for with this degree, especially in the area of writing? 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc. Case Study #2 I am 31 years old, and I just started in community college. I want to complete a Bachelors degree in engineering. By the time I graduate, I will be 35. Will I be able to find job at this age, since I don't have any experience in engineering ? 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc. Case Study #3 I am completing a Masters in Industrial Engineering. I have no work experience and very few projects related to my degree. My GPA is not great (3.0/4.0), and I am an international student. How can I secure a supply chain analyst position with a company? I have a year to go before I graduate, and I am really worried I might not end up with a full-time position. What can I do ? 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc. Case Study #4 What's the best way to brand myself for both short and long-term career goals? I'm a recent grad who wants to be a screenwriter for television, a specific and unusual field that doesn't exist in my city. I'm currently looking for any sort of local creative work I can do for a few years until I'm financially ready to move. Without hiding my career aspirations, how can I "sell" myself to employers for an unrelated job? 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc. Case Study #5 Ive been told to always be networking for where I want to be in the future, but I'm concerned that an online presence that constantly discusses cartoons will lead local businesses to view me as unfocused, duplicitous, or immature -- and if I don't discuss what I love, I could be missing out on a connection who could help me down the road. How do I balance such disparate objectives? 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc. Remember . . . . Make no assumptions There is rarely one right answer The question asked is often not the root question There are usually sub-questions to every question Dont make decisions for of advisees (rather present options and pathways) Offer actionable advice Manage your expectations Empower and follow up 8/7/2015 Matthew Berndt, CSO Research, Inc.