The Individualized Career ArchitectureSM Plan (aka ICAP), enables a student to start thinking, planning and building upon a career path from day 1 (or week 1, 2, 3…), with the help of a student’s career counselor or coach. It is our philosophy at the Office of Career Services, that not only should a student receive an academic advisor from day one at Stevenson, but they should also receive their career counselor/coach. Our goal is to try and meet every first-year student at least once a semester in order to build a relationship with our students and help them navigate through the Career ArchitectureSM Process.
In this initial ICAP meeting we ask questions such as why the student has chosen a particular major, what their parents do and, how sure they are about the major that they would like to pursue?
You will be surprised at the number of students that say that they would like to pursue a specific major, but when, I ask them, "Do you know what that major consists of, in terms of the actual classes involved?" The answer is typically no! I think, one of the biggest mistakes that students make is not knowing what classes are involved in taking a particular major and how does that relate to their strengths and interests, because after all a major only consists of the classes that involved in a particular major.
Here is what student David Grant had to say about his experience with the ICAP…
What year and major are you?
I am a junior Computer Information Systems major ( Forensics Track) with a minor in Psychology
When you were first introduced to the ICAP?
I was first introduced to ICAP by Mrs. Vohra during my Business First Year seminar class that is required for all first-year students at Stevenson University.
How helpful/beneficial was the ICAP appointment to you?
It was extremely helpful. It was a time for me as a student to meet with a career adviser and start creating a career path which I think is really important for a freshman to have.
How often did you meet with your counselor/coach?
I met with my counselor at least once every two weeks in my first semester. I then just checked in with Mrs.Vohra whenever I needed help, which was about twice a semester.
Why did you continue to meet with your counselor/coach?
Finding internships alone can be very difficult, so by having an adviser that can find opportunities that you qualify for is reassuring in this competitive job market.
What are your career goals?
I already work for the government and that is what I wanted to do with my degree. So I plan on staying on the path I am currently on and earning a couple of degrees.
How did you get your internship?
I got my internship through the National Security Scholarship Program (NSSP), which my counselor told me about and encouraged me to apply. This involved an extensive application and background clearance, which allowed me to get a scholarship and a paid summer internship at Leidos, a government contracting company.
Was there anything that surprised you about the ICAP appointments?
I was surprised how dedicated the adviser is and how focused they are on helping find the perfect internship for you.
What was your impression about the ICAP and how has it changed you?
I liked the option to create appointments online. Most importantly you are greeted with a smile and is very organized. I feel I have gained confidence in my abilities, especially after receiving the NSSP Scholarship award and my internship.