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Does major = career?

By Stephanie Levine

A common experience for seniors in college is the anticipation of graduation. In addition to the excitement that most near-grads feel, many are equally overwhelmed with anxiety and uncertainty regarding what the future holds for them. For some students, they have a very good picture of what they would like their future to look like. Other students might have a general idea of the field they would like to pursue, but are not sure what their dream job is, or how to get there. Listen up, uncertain students; this blog post is for you!

Fear not! I am here to tell you that your options can be limitless! This year, Career Services is working to integrate a campaign entitled, “Does Major = Career?” The purpose of the project is to teach students that their undergraduate major does not necessarily have to equal their future career. The idea originally surfaced at one of our staff meetings with the intention of helping students realize that they have options within their area of study. Our hope is to teach students that by developing their transferable skills and taking advantage of internship experiences, they can broaden the career fields available to them in the future.

Even within the Career Services office, our staff comes from a variety of academic backgrounds and undergraduate majors including Psychology, Human Services, Communications, Human Resources, Kinesiology, and Radio-TV-Film to name a few. What draw all of us to Career Services are the transferable skills that we naturally possess and have worked to develop through work experiences, internships, and higher education.

So what does this mean for students? You might be reading this and thinking, “What if I want my major to equal my career?” This is great news! For some students, their major really does equal their career, which means their career path is a little more defined and direct. For students whose career paths are less direct, they need to be sure of their skills and experience and be able to articulate and sell them to employers. The sooner students start thinking about these things, the more time they have to develop their skills and seek beneficial internships before graduation.

Are you feeling unsure about your future career? Call today to schedule an appointment with your major-specific career adviser to talk about future career possibilities or work on identifying and showcasing your transferable skills.

Learn more about Colleges and Majors at UWO here: http://www.uwosh.edu/career/students/colleges-and-majors

To learn more about different occupations, check out the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

 

Career Adviser Intern Stephanie Levine Unpacks Her Study Abroad Experience

By Stephanie Levine (pictured below wearing black)

Hi, I am Steph Levine, the College of Business Career Advisor Intern in Career Services. In addition to working in Career Services, I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in professional counseling at UW Oshkosh. During January interim I had the opportunity to participate in a two week study abroad to Malaysia. The course, entitled Counseling, Spirituality, and Service in Malaysia, counted for a three credit elective toward my degree. Since completing my undergraduate degree, my one regret was never studying abroad. When I learned about this opportunity from my professor, Dr. Kelli Saginak, I knew it would be the perfect chance for me to gain the study abroad experience that I always felt I had missed.

Our group consisted of twelve students, our professor Dr. Kelli Saginak, and her friend and colleague, Dr. Thana Singarajah from Idaho State University’s Department of Counseling. As well as being a professor and clinical provider of mental health services, Dr. Thana is originally from Malaysia and was a great resource for us on our journey.

Our trip was split between two destinations, one week in the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, and the second week in George Town on the island of Penang. During our time, we participated in a number of service learning experiences including volunteering with toddlers and school aged children as well as children and adults with disabilities. In addition to service learning, we assisted our professor in leading three days of workshops on play therapy. The attendees, who were mental health professionals and graduate students, shared their excitement and passion for learning.

It was wonderful to see so many professionals dedicated to providing excellent care to children and adolescents, especially in a society and culture where counseling is not viewed in a very positive light. Our trip also consisted of cultural experiences, including visiting temples and mosques, attending cultural dance performances, hiking and seeing the waterfalls at Templer Park, visiting an elephant sanctuary (and riding elephants!), and making Chinese “love letters,” a wafer like fortune cookie in celebration of the Chinese New Year. To say that our days were busy is an understatement.

Overall, it was a great learning experience for me both personally and professionally. I feel I am leaving my journey with an increased sense of multicultural awareness and the desire to break down cultural and language barriers to connect with others. Based on my experience and hearing the positive experiences of friends throughout the years, I would highly encourage any student to consider studying abroad. It is a once in the life time opportunity and a great learning experience to add to your resume.

Have you completed a study abroad and are not sure how to include it on your resume? Call or stop by Career Services to schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor. We would be happy to help you showcase your learning and experience!

To learn more about what life is like abroad, check out The BIG Guide to Living and Working Overseas!


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