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Report
Uncovering the Myths About
Majors and Careers
AGENDA
• ICEBREAKER
• MYTH AND FACT ACTIVITY
• THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERNSHIPS, SKILLS AND
EXPERIENCE
• UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS
• STUDENT PROFILES
• UC RESOURCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES
STUDENTS
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Let us go back in time
At the age of 18, you were…
• Turn to your neighbor and ask them the
following questions:
– At age 18, where were you in the career
decision making process?
– What resources did you look for to help you
with that process?
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You are one of the most important sources
of career information for your students
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Fact or Myth # 1
A degree in biology,
chemistry, or another
science is your student’s
only preparation for
medical school
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Myth
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FACT
The Association of American Medical Colleges has data to
suggest that your major simply does not matter when it
comes to getting accepted to medical school. According to their
data, only 51 percent of students who enrolled in medical school
in 2012 majored in biological sciences. That means the
remaining medical school matriculants majored in humanities,
math or statistics, physical sciences, social sciences or
specialized health sciences.
•
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US News and World Report, 2013
Fact or myth # 2
• Making a decision on a major
as soon as possible helps
students focus on studies and
makes their college experience
more satisfying
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Myth
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Fact
Early major choice is associated with more frequent
major change:
80% of students change their major at least once, on
average at least three times over the course of their
college career
Major exploration can lead to:
•Knowledge of all the options
•Identifying a major that fits interests and skills
National Center for Education Statistics, 2013
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Fact or myth # 3
• Specific training and experience in
one’s chosen field are the most
important variable in finding a job
after graduation
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Myth
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Fact
NACE Job Outlook 2014: Top 10 qualities/skills
1. Ability to work in a team
6. Analytical skills
2. Problem solving skills
7. Technical knowledge related to
jobs
3. Ability to plan, organize and
prioritized
8. Computer skills
4. Communication skills (Verbal) 9. Communication skills (written)
5. Ability to obtain and process
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Fact or myth # 4
• Internships are a great way to
gain real world experience and
often lead to job offers
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Fact
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Fact
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Keep in mind…
• Employers are often more concerned about the
SKILLS than the specific major
• Companies are willing to train newly graduated
college students in any major for specific jobs
(e.g. Rotational Programs)
• Some companies or organizations might be
looking for specific skills, experience and
abilities
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Connecting Major and Jobs
• Many people end up working in careers that are
not directly related to their majors. Why?
– Most jobs are NOT major specific or will consider any
major
– People’s interest change as they develop
– People want to study one thing but work in a different
area
– Most majors are theoretical
– Most majors teach very transferrable skills
– Additional experiences paved their career paths
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Selecting a major is important
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Encourage students to gain skills and
experience
• What is experience?
– Campus clubs/organizations
– Internships
– Work Experience
– Volunteer
– Research
– Leadership Roles
– Projects
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Let us look at examples of students
major to career path
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Intern with
Stock
Brokerage
& Securities
Firm
Banking
Director for
Educational
Program
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Program
Assistant for
Scholarship
Fund
Intern w/
Non-Profit
Organization
through UC
Washington DC
Program
B.A. In Rhetoric & Communication
Nutrition
Biology
Major
Volunteer at
Student-Run
Medical
Clinic
Participant in
Biology Scholars
Program
Medical
Student
Undergraduate
Researcher
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B.S. In Nutrition Biology
http://icc.ucdavis.edu/pdf/CRM/crm_career_planning_a_lifelong_process.pdf
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Career center recommendations
1st year
Resume, Campus Involvement and Major
Exploration
2nd year
Networking and Interview Skills
3rd year
Career Fairs, Internships and Graduate School
Planning
4th/5th year
Career Fairs and On-Campus Interview Program
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What resources are available to UC
undergraduate students?
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All UC campuses have a career center
Counseling
Networking/online
Career
Planning/assessments
Employer Panels & Networking
Skill Building Workshops
Career Fairs
Graduate School Planning
On-Campus Interviews
Resume/Interview
Preparation
Online Job & Internships
Resources
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UC Career Centers Websites
Campus
Name
website
UC Berkeley
Career Center
https://career.berkeley.edu/
UC Davis
Internship and Career
Center
http://icc.ucdavis.edu/
UC Irvine
Career Center
http://www.career.uci.edu/
UC Los Angeles
Career Center
http://career.ucla.edu/
UC Merced
Center for Career &
http://hire.ucmerced.edu/
Professional Advancement
UC Riverside
Career Center
http://careers.ucr.edu/
UC San Diego
Career Services Center
http://career.ucsd.edu/
UC Santa Barbara
UCSB Career Services
http://career.ucsd.edu/
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Career Center
http://careers.ucsc.edu/
Additional Resources
Career
Advice
Videos
http://www.careerspots.com/vidplay_links_ext.aspx?aid=47
4&partid=0&apass=/j8bKfreUnYuxo/GZaXXdQ==&id=1149
&pref=http://careers.ucsc.edu/index.html&src=VLI&
Career Guide http://career.ucla.edu/Files/PDF/CareerGuide/2013/CG_20
13_2014_Chapter2_091313.pdf
Career Map
http://www.onetonline.org/
Exploring
your major
http://uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html
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Special thanks to the committee that worked on this
presentation
Allison Keller:
Brian O’Bruba:
Career Counselor, University of California Irvine
Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Life & Director, Center for Career
& Professional Advancement, UC Merced
Ebony Lewis:
Associate Director of Admissions, Staff Advisory Board, UC Santa Cruz
Frank Ramirez:
M.Ed, Assistant Director for Counseling & Career, Development, UC Riverside
Luis Esparza:
Program Coordinator, Internship and Career Center, UC Davis
Monica Ballón-Kalinowski: Career Counselor, Coordinator, Life & Physical Sciences, Pre-Health
Career Services, UC Santa Barbara
Nancy Alderete:
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions UC Davis – Southern California
Region
Pamela Blanco:
Transfer Opportunity Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions,
UC Davis
Patricia Garcia:
M.S. Assistant Director/Transfer Service Coordinator, UCLA Undergraduate
Admission
Sheryl Blackshire:
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions UC Davis, Southern California
Region
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Thank you

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