Creating Responsible, Engaged, Academic Decision-makers
A collaboration between Student Conduct and the Career Center at Missouri State University
The CREAD program is the integration of services and expertise of two offices engaged with our students one-on-one in an educational process. The program askes students to dig deep into their core values structure, balace those values against their behavior and then blend that with their connection to their future goal.
This program is designed with the mindset of enabling students to see past their current situation to their future, such as applying for a graduate program or their dream job. The goal of this program is to develop a personalized action plan toward self-awareness, self-understanding and career direction as it relates to personal choices.
Below are the action steps that form a framework for completing this program which may range from 6 – 7 individual appointments. All steps must be completed no later than 75 days from your start date.
Note: due to individual differences in students’ situations, some career activities listed may be adapted to personal needs.
The following are steps / objectives of this program that will be determined by the career counselor based on your career development & decision needs:
- Meet with a career counselor for intake interview and begin assessments.
- Counselor interprets assessment results and engages student in discussion about observed patterns, possibilities for major and career options. Assigns research activities and other “homework” for major and career investigation.
- Student summarizes insights from homework. Student and counselor discuss “next steps” to gain further clarity. Job shadowing and informational interviewing are discussed, and a referral is made.
- Job shadowing/informational interview – complete Interview Report Form and bring back a business card. Schedule a follow-up appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss knowledge acquired from the informational interview/s.
- During this appointment, student will discuss what they learned from their job shadowing/information interview experience. Discuss how this impacts their decision about specific majors and career fields. The career counselor may refer the student to talk to an advisor in an academic area to further discuss a major course of study. May discuss and learn about how to gain experience in the field of study to gain more insight – discuss the benefits of gaining meaningful work experience through an internship. Talk about next steps in career or academic planning.
- Meet with counselor to discuss marketing yourself for employment opportunities, discuss job applications, how to write a resume and go over interviewing preparation. Student will construct a resume and conduct a Mock Interview.
- Meet with career counselor within designated time period to follow-up on information gathered. Evaluate process. Sign and date agreement record. Career Counselors will notify the Office of Student Conduct that you have completed the program. Complete the survey before leaving
Evaluations completed student that participate in the CREAD Program have shown that after completing the program that students are able to see themselves in a larger context and recognize that their daily behavior and actions does have an effect on long-term goals.