This blogpost and podcast is for our colleagues in higher educations, professors, the world over.
This is #5 in our series on teaching: Students who are Discovering Their Vocational Path
Pointing the way to life after college.
How can I as a professor who has spent most of my life in college help students to prepare for life after college?
- STUDENT: What gives you the right to talk about this, don’t you just teach?
- Not always apparent to a student is how the subject you are teaching is applicable to many careers.
- The general public is not aware because when the meet a student they ask: “What are you majoring in?” Instantly there is a judgement! How are you going to turn anthropology into money?
- PROFESSOR TO STUDENT: “You are learning to learn and that can be applied to anything.”
College does three things.
- A good liberal arts education teaches you how to learn and how to apply thinking anywhere.
- A major does not necessarily equal career. You want your students to think not only about a ‘major’ but about what skills they have.
- College should help students into a vocation.
Higher education is a way of opening up career options, not shutting them down.
College to career – making the big decision about what to pursue.
- Making a commitment to a career direction that is different from your parents wishes can be very difficult. We can help our students with sage advice to manage this important topic.
- The process of advising your student to create their resume´ is a valuable tool for helping to confirm or reject a career direction.
- A resume´makes a career choice very real.
- PARENT: I want you to be a _____. What if the student has no interest in that?
- Daniel: I ask my students to define “success.” The answers provide insights into what they believe will make them happy.
- Our observations about what our students do best is the food that they need.
- What do we professors observe our students natural gifts? Tell them.
- Encourage your students to keep a vocational journal.
We can help our students learn how to speak to their parents about their careers.
We hope this helps!
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Daniel & David
SC 88 #5. Teaching Students who are Discovering Their Vocational Path