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Career Development Process

The Career Development Process

Individuals come to college with dreams, expectations from their families, work experiences, and ideas about the future. Many are not sure how to acknowledge and utilize this information. CSB and SJU Career Services and Academic Advising have developed a guide, A.T.L.A.S. (Achieving Through Learning and Searching) which includes a model for educational and career development activities: focus on exploring self; focus on exploring possible majors and careers; focus on doing (experiential learning) and focus on post-graduate planning.  A.T.L.A.S. emphasizes a process and provides activities to help you design your educational and life/work plans.  Use the A.T.L.A.S. Planner to plan and document your coursework and experiential activities such as student employment, volunteering, extra-curricular activities, summer jobs and internships.  It will take you through a process of decision-making you will find useful, not only for choosing a major and your first career, but for the subsequent career changes you are likely to make during your lifetime. The Department of Labor research suggests you will probably have 9-15 jobs after graduation and 2-3 career changes. It is typical to move back and forth between steps in an attempt to further clarify your goals.

Career planning is about PASSION - passion for something you love and have a high level of interest in, passion for skills you have and want to use, and passion for something that will allow you to have a meaningful and satisfying life. It is important that you:

  1. Learn about your interests, skills, values, personality characteristics, etc.
  2. Understand the career development process (Career Planning Guide).
  3. Understand the value and benefits of a liberal arts education.
  4. Learn about the connections between our self exploration, academic majors, and future occupations.