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What is the ProfessionOwl Plan (POP)?

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The Center for Career Development has created a roadmap to empower YOU to develop the skills and understand the tools necessary to find and make your place in the world. Whether you’re thinking about applying to internships, full-time jobs or graduate school, through POP, you will be able to make progress in the process of career development towards any of these goals.

POP is designed to help you learn more about yourself, careers, professional communication skills and more! As you move through the areas, you will be able to:

  • Articulate your skills, values, and preferences of a particular career
  • Gain knowledge of career options through researching and networking
  • Understand how to craft resumes, cover letters, graduate school applications, practice interviewing and develop a “pitch” to introduce yourself to others
  • Develop an action plan to help you realize professional goals
  • Transition successfully to the world of work/life after Rice

Univ 212

UNIV 212: ProfessionOwl Program

Register for the Fall 2020 session for 1 credit hour, based on our POP wheel above. The class is a primarily online format, with flexible face-to-face options, as a holistic approach to career development. By the end of the course, you will:

- identify knowledge of self and careers

- effectively articulate skills/experiences

- determine a next career step

For more information, email Michelle Passo (mip2@rice.edu).

FAQs

Where should I start?

What question resonates with you? Maybe you’re a Freshman getting started...a Sophomore exploring...a Junior who completed an internship and knows exactly what they want to pursue but not sure how to get there, a Senior who is switching majors and continuing to explore interests or a Graduate student who is deciding between academia and industry. It doesn’t matter where you are in the career development process. The point is, we want you to start somewhere.

Start wherever is most appropriate for you - there isn’t a particular order since this guide is meant to help all Rice students. Learn and take knowledge into action in your next experiential opportunity. This might mean an externship, internship, job, research position, graduate school or a fellowship.

Do I need to finish POP in a certain timeframe?

No! POP can be repeated as many times as you see fit (you might go through the sections early on at Rice, participate in an experiential opportunity, pivot and repeat).

Can I make an appointment to learn more about each area and/or go through my reflections?

Absolutely! We encourage you to touch base with a CCD staff member by scheduling an appointment or, during drop-in hours. We are happy to help guide you through this process.

Are all of the workshops listed in different areas of POP offered each semester?

Most of the workshops are offered each semester (or, specifically in Fall or Spring). The best way to confirm (and RSVP) is to check the events section of Handshake. Workshop offerings are evaluated each year, so changes to content and topics may happen.

Still have questions? Contact Michelle Passo.

Do I know how my values, interests & skills could provide clarification in my career direction? What might make me happy in my career? Self Exploration

EXPLORE

Academic and career options.

Complete one of the following tasks in addition to Focus 2:

  • Consider an assessment (taken online and interpreted by a CCD staff member): Strong Interest Inventory or Myers Briggs Type Indicator
  • Review “What can I do with this major?” (in Handshake)
  • Review Vault Industry Research (in Handshake)
  • Research O-net based on assessment results
  • Join one or more Career Clusters in Handshake

PREPARE

Participate in at least one of the following activities:

  • Identify and connect with 2 people using: Sallyportal and/or LinkedIn (don’t know how to get started? Attend LinkedIn or Left Out, schedule an appt or visit Huff House during Drop-In hours)
  • Initiate and follow through with a coffee chat or informational interview with alum or employer (what’s this?)
  • Attend a Career Clusters event this year (which may be in the form of a panel, career crawl or other type)
  • Participate in an Owl Edge Externship

REFLECT

Upon completion of Focus 2, reflect upon process and results.

To what extent do the results surprise you or reinforce your initial understanding of self?

In the “Explore the Possibilities” section, what are the top three occupations that stood out to you (first impression)? Are you satisfied with the “Career Planning Results” (do you agree or disagree with them)?

Upon completion of at least one other assessment, results and industry research regarding which type of company or after graduation plan would be a good fit.

What did you take away from your assessment interpretation with a Career Counselor? Did your results resonate with you? If yes, how so? If no, why not? How will knowing your interests, strengths and/or preferred personality type impact your professional goals (long-term and during your time at Rice)?

We encourage you to touch base with a CCD staff member to discuss your reflections by scheduling an appointment or, during drop-in hours. We are happy to help guide you through this process.

Stay tuned for tips on keeping track of your progress and holding yourself accountable to complete the areas most relevant to you.

Questions? Contact us: ccd@rice.edu

Does my major=my career? Not necessarily! Learn how to explore and decide on both. Research Majors & Careers

EXPLORE

Complete at least two of the following:

  • Complete a Major/Career Exploration appointment with a career counselor
  • Conduct an informational interview with a Rice alum or professional in your area of interest via LinkedIn or Sallyportal
  • Conduct an informational interview with a Rice faculty, major advisor, PAA, or academic advisor for information on majors
  • Enroll in UNIV 212

PREPARE

Attend at least two of the following types of events:

  • Alumni event/career cluster panel or networking event
    • Participate in an Externship or other experiential education opportunity related to your major or career field
    • Participate in a Career Crawl
    • Expo (Fall Career and Internship Expo, Spring Career and Internship Expo, Startup Career Fair, Non-profit and Government Career Fair, or Texas Job Fair) Professional symposium or research fair
    • Employer information session/coffee chats to learn more about the culture of organizations, industries, and career paths
    • Participate in extracurricular activities (student organizations, professional associations, research, an internship)
  • Explore What Can I Do With My Major and Vault resources on Handshake
  • Review your Career Planning Timeline
  • Review the CCD Hiring Timeline

REFLECT

What do you identify as your strengths/areas to work on? How do you intend to develop in both areas? How can you demonstrate and articulate mastery of your strengths based on your experiences?

Begin developing a career plan for the year. Need help getting started? Check out our Career Planning Timelines.

We encourage you to touch base with a CCD staff member to discuss your reflections by scheduling an appointment or, during drop-in hours. We are happy to help guide you through this process.

Stay tuned for tips on keeping track of your progress and holding yourself accountable to complete the areas most relevant to you.

Questions? Contact us: ccd@rice.edu

How do I connect with people who can help me? Grow your network

EXPLORE

Read these articles:

PREPARE

Complete one of the following:

  • Conduct an informational interview with a Rice alum or professional in your area of interest via LinkedIn or Sallyportal
  • Participate in an Externship or other experiential education opportunity related to your major or career field

Suggested Activities:

  • Attend recruiting events, expos, information session, coffee chats
  • Attend alumni event/career cluster panel or networking event to meet professionals in your career areas of interest
  • Attend professional conference and/or join a Professional organization
  • Attend academic/research conference or symposium
  • Connect with Rice alumni through Sallyportal
  • How to Work a Room with Confidence Workshop
  • Business Etiquette Lunch
  • Professional Communication Workshop

REFLECT

Have you completed your LinkedIn profile? Is it synced to Sallyportal? Who did you meet through your externships or informational interviews? Have you connected with them on LinkedIn and/or Sallyportal? How can you grow your connections?

How did you prepare for your information interview or externship? What did you learn from your connection? Did your experience crystalize a piece of your career development? Why or why not?

We encourage you to touch base with a CCD staff member to discuss your reflections by scheduling an appointment or, during drop-in hours. We are happy to help guide you through this process.

Stay tuned for tips on keeping track of your progress and holding yourself accountable to complete the areas most relevant to you.

Questions? Contact us: ccd@rice.edu

How do I stand out? How can I communicate my professional story (ex. Resume, cover letters, graduate school applications, pitch, interviews)? Tell your professional story.

EXPLORE

  • Create and/or update your application materials/career portfolio (resume, cover letter, personal statement)
    • Review the CCD guides
    • Have your resume or CV reviewed by a Peer Career Advisor or CCD Staff Member

Participate in at least two of the following types of events or activities (relevant to YOU):

  • Employer information session/coffee chats
  • Alumni event/career cluster panel or networking event
  • Research symposium or poster session
  • Resumayhem or Resume Labs
  • Practice your pitch at an Expo (Career & Internship, Non-Profit, Start Up, Texas Job Fair), Resumayhem or with a PCA or a staff member

PREPARE

Complete one of the following (if you’re just getting started):

  • Create your online professional profile (LinkedIn or Sallyportal)
  • Develop an outreach email to an alum, research lab and/or recruiter
  • Craft a thank you letter template

Complete one of the following (if you have already completed one or more of above):

  • Follow up with someone in your network (former extern host, past informational interview, past supervisor or professor)
  • Connect with 3 Rice alumni through Sallyportal and correspond

PRACTICE/Recommended Workshops and To Dos:

  • LinkedIn or Left Out
  • Business Etiquette Lunch
  • Professionalism in the Workplace
  • How to Work a Room with Confidence
  • Interviewing
  • Elevator Pitch Practice
  • Career & Internship Expo Preparation
  • Google yourself - make sure your social media presence is consistent and professional
  • Participate in a mock interview (live with a CCD staff member or PCA) and/or online (Optimal Resume-Interviewing Module)

REFLECT

Activity:

Feel comfortable introducing yourself professionally? How would you answer “Tell Me About Yourself”? You have Rice, your major and internship/research in common with some of your peers. How will you differentiate yourself? Identify 3 skills based strengths (i.e. – what you’re good at) and 3 experiences unique to you (i.e. – studied abroad, worked at an auto shop, interned at a non-profit, led a club).

Summary:

Is your career portfolio ready to be submitted to programs and opportunities of interest? Add to your career portfolio and submit items for review (if haven’t yet been reviewed). For example resume, CV, cover letter, personal statement, sample informational interview request, sample thank you note, LinkedIn URL with completed profile)

We encourage you to touch base with a CCD staff member to discuss your reflections by scheduling an appointment or, during drop-in hours. We are happy to help guide you through this process.

Stay tuned for tips on keeping track of your progress and holding yourself accountable to complete the areas most relevant to you.

Questions? Contact us: ccd@rice.edu

How do I secure opportunities (ex. Internships, research, jobs, fellowships, graduate school)?Search and apply/find opportunities

PREPARE

  • Review recruiting policies and job search ethics - link to CCD website
  • View and apply to jobs and internships in Handshake. Search by career cluster to help identify interests.
  • Understand various scholarships/fellowships available during and after Rice

EXPLORE

Attend one of the following events:

  • Fall or Spring Career & Internship Expo
  • Nonprofit & Government Career & Internship Expo
  • Startup Career Fair
  • Texas Job Fair
  • Health Professions Fair
  • Graduate School Information Sessions or Fairs
  • Fellowship & Scholarship Information Sessions

Attend at least two of the following types of events:

  • Employer information session
  • Networking event
  • Professional organization career fair or networking event
  • Academic/Research Conference or symposium

Complete at least two of the following:

  • 2 Hour Job Search Workshop
  • Salary Negotiation Workshop
  • Job Search Ethics Workshop
  • Professionalism in the Workplace Workshop
  • Expo Prep Workshop
  • Ask three people to be a reference/provide a letter of recommendation
  • Engage in on-campus interviewing (if relevant to your goals)

REFLECT/NEXT STEPS

Remember, it’s not about how many opportunities you apply to; rather, focus on leveraging meaningful connections and conversations. The hidden job market constitutes 70%+ of opportunities.

  • Create employer target list of 40
  • Polish (or develop) outreach communication (written and verbal/pitch)
  • Connect with at least one contact at each of your top 10 organizations (from the list)
  • Stay focused and positive! Ask for help.

We encourage you to touch base with a CCD staff member to discuss your reflections by scheduling an appointment or, during drop-in hours. We are happy to help guide you through this process.

Stay tuned for tips on keeping track of your progress and holding yourself accountable to complete the areas most relevant to you.

Questions? Contact us: ccd@rice.edu