Finding fulfillment and job satisfaction is a huge part of what makes our lives happy and prosperous. If we’re in the wrong career path, it can have negative consequences for our well-being. This is why discussing your career development with career services is so important for every professional. We spend so much of our lives working!
It’s critical for everyone, at every stage of their career, to take time to strategize each career move. This can be done through determining interests, researching the current job market, and trying different experiences along the way.
At Granite State College, we offer specific services aimed at the three major career stages:
- Launchers: Those just starting out with limited professional experience.
- Changers: Those looking to change careers.
- Advancers: Those looking to advance or stay current within their fields.
When you have an advocate who can give advice based on your career stage, it’s a huge benefit. That person is your personal Career Advisor. Don’t you deserve every advantage when making important life planning decisions?
Here are 6 ways career services can help support you:
1) Assessment Tools
Career Advisors can offer career assessments that help determine your interests, values, abilities, and more. Each assessment will walk you through a series of pointed questions aimed at learning more about you.
Assessments are an essential part of career planning. Even seasoned professionals may not consciously know what they value in a workplace. Assessment results allow you to vet potential companies and positions according to your own personal and unique values and interests. A Career Advisor can help you analyze these results and determine what positions are right for you.
At Granite State, we offer a tool called Awato. Awato, in combination with career advising, is a great fit for anyone who is considering a new career path, thinking about a major change, and more. Awato addresses these concerns using a series of quick assessments that identify your strongest interests and match you with careers and education options that you may want to explore.
2) Career Exploration
As you assess your career direction based on your abilities, values, and interests, you’ll learn about all the different career opportunities that exist in your geographical area. From there, you can target specific employers and learn about their needs. This research is crucial to learning what positions have a bright future and are currently in demand in your location. Thinking this through will enable you to match your interests and values.
Your Career Advisor may also suggest you narrow your search for a specific career through informational interviews or job shadowing. Together you’ll consider factors such as work environment, salary level, required education, and expected job growth. Spending the time on this step will give you an indication of which positions feel right as you gain more experience and knowledge.
3) Career Planning
Once you have an idea about the career you’d like to pursue, your Career Advisor will help you lay out a plan to achieve your goals. They’ll help you determine what educational steps and major will give you the best results. Then they can help you lay out how best to gain experience through networking, volunteering, or internships.
Your Career Advisor will also advise you on what tech skills, certifications, and licenses are needed to help you land that first position. A Career Advisor can guide you through your next moves from promotions to new positions or career adjustments and changes.
4) Resume & Cover Letter Enhancement
Writing a resume and cover letter that will land you an interview is an art form! It’s one that most of us have yet to master – even those of us who have been doing it for years. Resume expectations change over time and different occupations require different types of resumes. Therefore, it’s essential to learn the ins and outs of good resume and cover letter writing from a professional.
Through working with your Advisor, you’ll learn to present yourself in the best possible light. This can be done by choosing a specific resume format, using action words to explain your experience, and writing a cover letter that sells you. With amazing first impression materials, you’ll be able to put your best foot forward toward a satisfying career.
5) Interview Prep
Interviewing is a very important part of the job search process. Knowing how to prepare for an interview is a huge skill to master. Often job seekers wonder, “What questions will I be asked?”, “How will I respond?”, or “What’s the right way to answer that question?”.
A Career Advisor can help you by providing mock interview experiences, ideas on how to prep, and answer common questions. They can even help you determine what to wear and what to expect throughout the process.
6) Job Boards/Recruitment
When you’re engaged in your job search it can be challenging to find jobs that would be of interest to you and stay on top of creating unique resumes and cover letters, applying, and interviewing. Searching for a career can be a full-time gig!
Your Career Advisor can help by recommending ways to streamline your approach such as employment services that can suggest positions for which you may be both qualified and interested, career recruitment job boards to check frequently or networking opportunities, including those on social media, that you can help you expand your influence.
So…Why do you need Career Services?
We’re all working within a very competitive job market, where only the best and brightest are obtaining positions and promotions. You can learn to stand out by knowing your strengths and understanding how to present yourself in the best possible light.
A Career Advisor can help you learn to be intentional in your career planning and development. This can enhance your chances of meeting and exceeding your career goals. Throughout the process you’ll learn more about yourself and the types of work and work environments that are most likely to make you happy and content. Consider career planning your road map to life and career satisfaction!