How do you answer the BIG question?
June 22, 2017
Now that you are in the swing of your summer routine, many of you may be mulling over the BIG question that seemingly everyone you meet asks. What will you do after graduation? At Student Experience, we don’t believe there is really only one answer for any of you. In fact, because we hired you we know that you can do many different things in your future. And, as most people you will have at least 7 different careers in your lifetime.
Our goal, is to help you learn the process of defining what your answer will be at different points in your life. The Competitive Edge program allows you to customize your answer and really get to know yourself and the different aspects of your personality, interests, goals, values, and competencies that play into making different career choices. The program also encourages you to build your professional network and to learn how to present yourself through a variety of mediums including your resume, cover letter, graduate school personal statement and your LinkedIn profile. These are not just simple tasks rather, they are steps in a process that help you to refine your thinking about who you are and what you want to do for a career.
When you applied at Student Experience, you may or may not have checked out the stories we shared about 4 PCA’s and their testimonies about the Competitive Edge Program. Each of the four students talks about how they didn’t quite understand the purpose of the Competitive Edge Program but, after they started they realized the importance of self-reflection and the value they attained from working through the different activities. Most importantly, what I see is it gave them the confidence to answer the BIG question I am sure everyone you knows asks at some point in their interactions with you. They realize there isn’t always one answer but, if you know your next step or your next building block of your career that propels you forward and brings into focus the smaller decisions ultimately leading to your answer.
I encourage you to read those stories and use time this summer to work through a few of the activities. You may have time to job shadow or do informational interviews. Or, you may choose to take advantage of the slower times at your college career center and meet with a career counselor. The Competitive Edge process is an iterative process and once you engage you will find it becomes easier to move through the process. If you are someone who knows what your career path is, there are many activities to help you attain the opportunity you have set your sights on! Remember to attend your Competitive Edge small groups as your peers can sometimes provide great insight and feedback as well.