Navigating the unexpected and taking small actionable steps
Students attending this camp are not expected to select a career by the end of the week. We believe that careers are heavily influenced by unexpected events and factors outside of our control, and our reactions to them. With this level of uncertainty, it can be difficult to plan a career in the long term. Instead, we hope students will be able to identify three to five short term, actionable next steps they can take to move forward in their careers. Taking short term actions can help students better adapt and adjust their changing preferences based on new experiences and opportunities they encounter.
Learning about and exploring career options
Students will not learn how to write a resume or apply to jobs. While this is an important part of the job search process, the camp is intended to help students take introductory steps towards learning about and exploring careers. If students are interested in learning how to write a resume or apply to jobs, we do offer Advising Appointments services separate from the Summer Career Camp.
Identifying preferences and interests
Students will not be taking career and/or personality tests to determine what career(s) to pursue. Research shows that personality tests are not effective in helping us to determine career choices, since our interests and preferences can change over time as we experience new things. Instead, students will learn strategies and resources for managing their careers that they can use throughout their lives. Career management is a lifelong process, and by learning through experience and reflecting on what they like and dislike, students will be able to grow from their experiences and find more fulfillment in their careers.