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Stages of Involvement in Preparing Students for Careers

This page is based on discussions at the 2013 Geoscience in the 21st Century Workforce workshop and stems from work by Heather Macdonald (College of William and Mary), Sen Chiao (San Jose State University), Chris Sinton (Ithaca College), Rick Ford (Weber State University)

We want to give students the motivation to take charge of their own career path early, and the tools to explore different careers. There are four stages to accomplishing this that can be incorporated into two- or four-year programs:

1. Information

This stage should begin in the first year of a student's program.

2. Exploration

This stage should begin in the first or second year of a student's program.

3. Experience

This stage should begin in the second or third year of a student's program.

4. Job Search

This stage should begin in the second or fourth year of a student's program.


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