One of the goals of this course is to help you explore and articulate who you are and who you aspire to be professionally. In your first notebook entry, you will examine your academic and professional interests, as well as brainstorm and research various career possibilities you would like to learn more about.
Life design is about getting curious. At this point, your thinking should be exploratoryâ€”keep an open mind and embrace your curiosities! Itâ€™s okay to feel confused; remember that careers are nonlinear and there are multiple professional identities you can explore.
Requirements for your notebook entry:
- Research: First, visit the â€œHelpful Online Resourcesâ€ folder on our blackboard page. You may also use other reputable sources or articles you find, as well as cite any conversations youâ€™ve had with professionals or faculty.
- Generate a list of as many interesting career possibilities as you can. Be specific, but donâ€™t censor yourself, and donâ€™t worry if you donâ€™t have the skills/experience yet or if youâ€™re not sure itâ€™s a good match. Just write it down!
- Choose 2-3 of the above career possibilities to consider further:
- What are examples of some immediate (in the next 12 months) â€œnext-stepâ€ experiences, such as internships, research, entry-level jobs, or graduate degrees that would allow you to explore and pursue these possibilities? (You might find it helpful to look at the various posting sites in the Helpful Online Resources.)
- Find a specific posting, employer, etc. that represents each “next step” experience (ex: If you think an on-campus research position would help you apply to graduate school, write about one such position).
- Briefly summarize each â€œnext stepâ€ and why you think it would be a good match. Be sure to cite all sources using the â€œsignal and pathwayâ€ method discussed in class.
4.Reflect on what you have learned throughâ€”and aboutâ€”this exploratory process. Please also summarize your Odyssey Plans and share any themes that came up in completing this activity.Â