Career Services acknowledges the unique issues of adult undergraduate students over the age of 25. Whether you are returning to finish your degree after a hiatus; just starting a degree after taking time to start your family who now relies on you; starting a degree after military service; or updating your skills after being downsized; or needing to make the right career choice that will fulfill more immediate, critical needs, the counselors at Career Services will be there to work with your individual needs in academic and career planning. The following are some typical questions that we get from Adult Students:
As an adult student, you may have additional questions about things such as:
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How do I make a career transition or choose a new occupation?
Making a career transition or choosing a new occupation can be a scary thing. As adult students, you may have issues that your "traditional" student counterparts will not face, for instance, a family that relies on you for time and both emotional and financial support, or a more definite salary requirement. With your experience, you may have more opinions about what type of work is most suitable for you. You may also have a clear set of values that will heavily influence what you do in your next career incarnation. Making a career transition or choosing a new occupation can be a scary thing -- BUT IT NEED NOT BE!
The counselors at Career Services can assist you with organizing your skills, interests and values and help you take other important, personal factors into consideration to help you find a career path that will fit you and your lifestyle best. Through discussion and possibly career assessment, you and your counselor will discover your strengths and help you learn about and understand the vast world of work and where you will fit in.
Please contact us at 516-299-2251 for an appointment with a counselor who will help point you in a new career direction.
How do I market myself in a new job if I have no experience or if my past experience doesn't match my new career direction?
The key phrase to remember is transferable skills! Transferable skills are those general skills that you have that can be used in any work situation. For instance:
|Human Relations Skills
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Take a moment to see if you can list more specific skills you have in each category (for example, more specific persuading skills may be: selling, influencing others, building rapport, or negotiating). Each one of us has examples both in our business and/or personal life of using one or more of these types of skills successfully. The answer then is to use your past successes to market yourself for the future.
If you need further assistance with this exercise or if you would like to discuss it with someone, please contact Career Services at 516-299-2251 for an appointment with a counselor. Please identify yourself as an adult student.
What do I do with my résumé and what form should it take since my work experience doesn't match my new career choice?
Your résumé will be and is a very important document that will outline your qualifications for your next employer. What do you do to your résumé to make it look relevant to your new endeavors? This is a very individual issue and each person will have different needs in adding to or redeveloping their résumé. Some new grads will just add a new degree to their listing while others may be aided more by moving to a functional style résumé. For personal attention to revise your résumé, contact Career Services at 516-299-2251 for an appointment with a career counselor. (We help with cover letters and interviewing skills too!)
Won't my fellow graduates be more desirable in the job market since they are younger?
This is a tough thought to deal with. To be straight, there is some unavoidable ageism out in the world that is very hard to prove. But consider this -- most employers are reputable and know that they must hire individuals based on their skill level.
Let's face it, while you may be older, you are most likely more experienced and skilled at using your strengths effectively in the real world. Employers need this. Look at job listings, they are primarily asking for people with EXPERIENCE. You may be just finishing a degree, but you have a leg up by having life experience and have already proven yourself in the world! EXPERIENCE IS NOTICED AND APPRECIATED BY THE BUSINESS WORLD. So, relax a little, it isn't as bad as you think...
If you still feel like you need more support and would like to talk to a career counselor about helping an interviewer look past your age and focus on your skills, contact Career Services at 516-299-2251.