Students often ask what a graduate from UVU's Bachelor degree in Behavioral Science with a Family Studies emphasis and CFLE certification can do for a career?
It’s Not “what can you do”… “ It’s what will you do?”
Career Pyramid Handout
Successful Job Attainment Strategies
Tip's for Finding a Job after College
Learn to Sell Your Own Worth to Potential Employers
Successful Job attainment strategies:
1) Make getting a job a full-time job until you have the job
2) Research yourself and get ready
-Tell potential employers what your degree entailed: the 10 courses, the electives, the internship
-Focus on the strengths your education gave you in working with and teaching families
-Emphasize your certification with www.ncfr.org and how you are affiliated with the NCFR
-Explain what you did to volunteer and teach
-Have a detailed Vita to present (Use Resumé for employers Vita for Grad schools)
- Research the Job and get ready What does the organization do? Who do they Serve? What does the job Advertisement ask for? Why are you qualified on paper and in person?
3) Print 25-100 Business cards (ask your Prof. for an example).
4) Prepare answers to these questions before you talk to anyone: “Why am I a good hire?” “What is it about your organizational needs that I can fulfill?” “Why do I want to work in this job?”
- If you want to work for the Federal Government register at http://www.usajobs.gov
Plan Ahead - Start looking for a job before you graduate. Be on top of things, have a plan after graduation.
Flexibility - Be willing to relocate. Being flexible after you graduate from college gives you more opportunities.
Career Fairs - Visit career fairs at your local college and make an effort to meet prospective employers.
Do what you Love - Go for a job you will like, something you will be enthusiastic about and truly enjoy. But keep an open mind.
References - Have your favorite teachers write letters of recommendation.
Research those potential employers yourself. When you have a list of potential employers, check them out.
Have the most updated resume. You always want to have the most recent resume in hand to fire off if anybody asks.
Leverage social media and the internet. There are online job boards everywhere.
Internships Can Make a Difference. If you are targeting certain companies or careers in your job search, then an internship can be an important part of your overall strategy for landing a job after graduation.
Don’t be discouraged by low paying jobs. Choosing a job now does not mean that is what you’ll be doing for the rest of your life or even longer than a year or two.
Know what it takes. Different fields have different application requirements, and you need to know what those are for the field you are interested in.
Perfect your application materials. Always have your application materials reviewed by someone who is a better editor than you are.
Activate your network. Tell everyone you know what type of job you are looking for.
Join a professional organization. Most occupations, from restaurant professionals to engineers, have professional associations. Join one..
Be patient and persistent. Set aside time every week to check for job postings, to do research on employers in your field, and to send out a manageable number of applications.
Don't treat an interview as an interrogation. If you are fortunate enough to land an interview, treat it as an opportunity to establish a professional relationship with the interviewer.
Practice out loud. Try to anticipate the types of questions you will be asked, and practice your responses.
Be "on" from the start.In this age of security cameras, you may be recorded from the moment you hit the employer's parking lot.
Make that first impression count. With everyone you meet at the employer, but especially with the interviewer, you want to make your first impression count.
Be positive. Stay upbeat throughout the interview. Smile
*Developed from many Websites and resources extracted 19 Dec 2011
~FACT: All college graduates have to learn to sell their value to employers. Generally speaking UVU graduates do not always do this very well.
~FACT: Even though CFLE’s have been around since 1985 the CFLE distinction and Family Studies degree are not as well known as Psych/Soc/ Soc. Work. & Anthropology. A recent national Survey of CFLE’s showed strong employment patterns for CFLE’s (See Darling, Et al, 2009; July, "Professionalization of Family Life Education: Defining the Field" Family Relations Vol 58, pages 330-345).
~FACT: UVU Family Studies is considered a strong college education because it requires a focus on family with exposure to the other four social science fields.
~FACT: CFLE’s have unique and strong education and training for family-related careers.