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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.

It’s the very first week of the fall 2014 semester at Stevenson University, and the campus is buzzing with activity. The Welcome Picnic, a perennial hit among incoming Mustangs, is a great chance for new students to connect with leadership and members from a variety of clubs, student groups, and departments of the University. The Office of Career Services always has a presence at this event, sharing information about all of the upcoming career events and programming, but this year, for the first time, we invited recruiters from local employers to join us and engage students directly about some great part-time employment opportunities.

Everyone knows that Stevenson Mustangs are some of the hardest working, most career-minded students around, and area recruiters from T. Rowe Price, The Maryland Zoo, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, and The Black Olive showed up hoping to leave with some promising candidates for their positions. In addition to attracting these well-known organizations, we also looked a little “closer to home” to invite neighbors; Noodles & Co., Stone’s Cove Kitbar, and The Shafer Center. Instructors from Reisterstown’s No Limits Training Gym wowed onlookers with demonstrations of mixed martial arts sparring, while sourcing applicants for administrative/clerical as well as instructor positions. Other partners for this event included: The Y of Central Maryland, Fastenal, Towne Park, Alethas Institute, Zeffert and Gold Catering, The Classic Catering People, Fun Photos 4 U, Squisito, SECU, and the Stevenson University Student Employment Office.

On average, employers talked to about 20 prospective applicants a piece, and most came away hopeful about interviewing and/or hiring a student they had connected with. Many recruiters in attendance were especially pleased to be included in the Welcome Back picnic festivities, which also offered them a chance to see what student groups and clubs are active on campus.

For many college students, choosing a major is the biggest decision they have ever had to make. Many are fearful that if they make the wrong choice, they will be miserable and jobless for the rest of their life. While this is not true, we understand the pressure surrounding this decision. At Stevenson University, we want students to feel confident in who they are and the decisions that they make.

Without a strong sense of one's interests, strengths, values, and personality, choosing a major can be extremely overwhelming. At Stevenson University, we understand that this process of Personal Direction takes time to develop and articulate. We encourage students to begin working with a career advisor early in their college career--ideally during their freshman year....

Salary and benefits are the two most common determinants job-seekers use to make the decision to accept a job offer, or continue the search. This isn’t all that different from prospective students during the college search process who often focus on the cost of tuition and availability of financial aid.

Unfortunately, if these are the only criteria used to make these major life decisions, they frequently won’t lead to a positive experience. Finding a satisfying job and choosing the right school to attend goes beyond these financial pillars and into a more ambiguous space. The biggest difference between a good and a bad job, and the right college and the wrong one is commonly the ‘fit.’ It’s the intangibles that make the biggest difference....Click here to read more.

The third annual Senior Career Seminar, on Friday, September 12, is fast approaching. This interactive workshop allows seniors to work directly with some of the areas top employers, and receive immediate feedback on career topics such as "developing your personal brand and pitch," "interviewing to make a positive impression," and "LinkedIn from a recruiters perspective." 

Employers include CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Enterprise Holdings, Federated Insurance, TEKSystems, KDGA, and more. 

Spend the afternoon learning what you need to know to be successful in the career search before you graduate. More information and registration is found on Stevenson Career Connections.

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Stevenson's academic advising coupled with its Career ArchitectureSM process strengthens your career path by helping you discover the academic major that fits your deepest values and interests.