Career Center program helps students find best fit
It’s never too early for students to start thinking about a career—even their first year on campus can yield a productive visit to the University of Iowa Pomerantz Career Center.
Many students have a hard time selecting a major, let alone a career, while those who declare a major early on may start doubting their choice after a semester or two. The career center can help, but too often students wait until their senior year to utilize the center’s various services, making it difficult to properly set a career path before graduation.
Find Your Focus, a program first offered through the center in 2013, specifically targets first- and second-year students who are open majors or who are unsure about their declared major, and guides them as they explore their options. Through a series of appointments, career advisers help student participants answer four questions:
“Choosing a major and career path can induce anxiety in students, so following a methodical, step-by-step approach helps them feel like they are in control,” says program director Alicia Joens. “When they complete the process, they know themselves so much more and feel more confident discussing plans with their academic and career advisers. They know how the various major options connect to their interests and are able to make a more informed decision on the best fit.”
Find Your Focus helped 25 students during the spring 2013 semester, and Joens hopes many more students will take advantage of the service during the current academic year. The program is free, although there is a $10 fee to take the initial, computerized self-assessment.
To learn more, see www.careers.uiowa.edu/nav/findyourfocus or call Joens at 319-335-1023.