Week 3: Learning Styles & Career Research

Today in class we will start looking at the VARK and how your learning style can impact your classes in college. This will help as you attend lectures, work on labs, complete assignments, and take tests during your first semester at UNT. It’s good to know how you learn and what works for you. Do you know in what environment you learn the best? The ideal learning style varies from person to person. Find out what works for you!

The second part of class we will discuss what’s the value of a major and how to effectively research careers of interest. There have been a couple of interested posts on NPR’s Planet Money about the Value of a Major, so I thought I would share and get your opinion/thoughts:

  1. The Most (And Least) Lucrative College Majors, In 1 Graph
  2. Why Women (Like Me) Choose Lower-Paying Jobs

In terms of looking at occupations and careers, there seems to be a lot of different information online. For this sort of research, I would rely on more than just Google. It’s important to  thinking critically about where your resources come from and who is writing it. Here are a few useful links we’ll talk about in class today:

O*NET http://www.onetonline.org/

MyNextMove http://www.mynextmove.org/

Salary.com http://salary.com/

Glassdoor http://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm

Bureau of Labor  Statistics http://www.bls.gov/

*new* from Jess http://www.rileyguide.com/careers/

 

HOMEWORK:

BLOG WP Post #3 RESPONSE:  Comment on at LEAST one  (1) other blog post {please comment on more if you are interested in that topic} by Thursday night (9/12). Indicate if you are interested in the same occupation, career areas, passions or their red rubber ball. Please include what you would ask about this career, and why you are interested in your comment.

  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR: For your Advising 1:1 appointment with Laura.  Save the date!
  • SELF-ASSESS: The MBTI and then the Strong Inventory ONLINE by Sunday, September 15, 2013. (psst — that’s THIS SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!)
  • GET TICKETS: Have you picked up or registered for tickets for the  UNT Distinguished Lecture Series:  Rainn Wilson creator of SoulPancake  http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/wilson yet? (September 19th at 7 pm)
  • BONUS TWEET: Show your #MeanGreen UNT Pride this weekend at the before or during the football game. Take a picture and tag it using #ugstSTORY. Sounds like an easy bonus tweet to me!
  • ALTERNATIVE Session to Rainn Wilson: Reality Check! – How far can your future paycheck take you? Tuesday  September 26    5-6pm   Business Leadership Building 255.
  • BONUS BLOG: What’s the Value of a Career? What do you think about the two NPR interview from the Planet Money show? Post your thoughts in 200 WP blog post by tonight on what you think about either article, and resources from these interviews.
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