Academic Advising at Granite State College has recently undergone a transformation! With our recent adoption of an “Area of Interest” model, we now can integrate your career and academic goals more closely. These changes will help improve students’ experience, enhance how our advisors counsel students, and advance a career emphasis across the entire college.
Adult students are already in the workforce and many are here with us to make a career change. Whether it’s advancing an already fulfilling career, changing into a new career, or just starting out, we recognize that academic and career guidance is increasingly critical for success. Our advising model will empower students to have confidence about their major choice and better prepare them to make sound career decisions.
Academic Areas of Interest
We now categorize our degree programs into overarching areas of interest, grouping similar majors in a way that helps students better understand their degree program options.
Our areas of interest include:
- Business, Management, and Finance
- Communications and Media
- Health Care and Nursing
- Human Services and Public Safety
- Liberal Arts
Academic Advising Support
Integrating our admissions, advising, and career staff has allowed us to more intentionally incorporate career topics into our very first discussions. Your academic advisor will also continue to guide you throughout your time with us by aiding with course selection and connecting you to further academic support. In addition, they’ll also have increased knowledge, training, and resources to assist you with shaping your career development strategy.
A typical advising conversation may cover the knowledge, abilities, and skills needed for your future career. As the discussion progresses, you’ll focus on deeper-level topics such as technology skills, potential career paths, professional associations for networking, and helpful certifications. From here you’ll be encouraged to deepen your career research and knowledge to gain an understanding of your field that will guide you throughout your academic plan and career goals.
Your academic advisor will be your first-line resource. Starting these career conversations early gives you the opportunity to think thoughtfully about your career and begin putting together a plan as early as your first semester. In addition, our faculty will be available to help guide you with specific details about your degree program and industry.
Career Services Support
If further support is needed, you’re encouraged to meet with Career Services to go deeper into crafting a career action plan. During this process, an advisor will help you identify your personal strengths and analyze how they align with your interests, existing skills, and past job experience. With this foundation, you’ll be able to reveal further insights to help you map out your short- and long-term goals with Career Services. These may include:
- Determining which major within an area of interest is right for you
- Finding creative ways to gain experience while still working and taking classes
- Updating a resume and cover letter and practicing interview skills for a job searches
For the undecided student, this process is especially helpful. You’ll begin your degree program with confidence, knowing that you made a smart choice about your major. From there, you’ll be set up with an advisor who specializes in your area of interest, allowing you to have continued career-focuses discussions about your academic and professional goals.
Our career workshops and info sessions are available to all—students, alumni, and non-students alike! During these events, you can learn something new in an accelerated format (1 hour or less) that allows you to quickly and efficiently gain new skills or sharpen existing ones. From resume writing workshops, to industry-specific sessions that focus on interview skills, hiring practices, essential skills and qualifications, entry-level positions, and local employment opportunities, you’ll benefit from our hands-on, personalized events.
Combining academics and career concerns is essential in today’s fast-paced world. College graduates want to be happy and successful in the careers they choose and want to know that they will be employable after graduation. While a degree is certainly necessary, gaining extra skills, experiences, and career knowledge about oneself along the way will lead to better career outcomes for all our students.