The New "Facts of Life"
According to the Journal of Career Planning & Employment: "On average, a student leaving college today can expect to have from 3 to 5 careers and 10, 11, or 12 jobs during a work life that will last 40 to 50 years." Those are current career facts.
What can you do to prepare
Visit Career Services, located in Library 100 on the University Campus, and at Jacket Student Central at City College. We can help you learn the skills you need to take charge of your career and plan for the transition from college to career.
We can help if you are.............
Exploring Career Options:
Career Counseling: Make an appointment for career counseling and advising. Professionals will listen to your needs and then work with you to develop a plan to reach your career goals. Remember that Career Services professionals act only as your "coach" --it's up to you to make your career plan a reality.
While no assessment can tell you "what to be when you grow up," it is useful to learn more about yourself by identifying interests that relate to career options. Consider taking the Self-Directed Search or other career interest inventory.
MCIS: Montana Career Information System; FREE automated guidance information which identifies Occupations & Employment, Education & Training, Financial Aid & Scholarships.
Choosing Careers & Majors: PowerPoint overview of the career planning process.
Cooperative Education: Links students with work experience in their field of study while they earn academic credit and, often, a wage.
Career Assessment Links help you prepare for graduate and professional exams.
Get credit for what you already know! Consider College Level Examination Program (CLEP) & DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) testing at the City College campus.
Seeking Part-Time Employment While In College:
CareerLink: Currently enrolled students seeking part-time or temporary employment in the community may access job vacancy announcements, manage résumés, more.
Community Service Work study: Eligible work study students may work part-time in a community service agency in Billings.
Work study: On-campus part-time jobs for students eligible for work study are posted on the web.
Pursuing Career Employment After Graduation:
Credential File Service: Those headed for K-12+ teaching positions, or applying to multiple grad schools, may benefit from this service.
On-Campus Interviews:Recruitment interviews with employers from business and education.
Career Fairs: On-campus opportunities for employers and students to meet in an informal atmosphere.
At Montana State University Billings, professionals can assist you with the career process: from identifying your skills, interests, abilities, and knowledge related to career options to securing career employment after graduation.
While you are responsible for your career decisions, Career Services can equip you with job-search strategies which can be used whenever career and job changes occur throughout your lifetime.
There are no surefire approaches, but a planned career campaign promotes success in the transition from backpack to briefcase, from college to career.
Now you know the "new" facts of life. Email or visit the Career Services staff today!