Title: Student affairs update
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Title: Student affairs update
Series Title: Student affairs update
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Language: English
Creator: Divison of Student Affairs, University of Florida
Publisher: University of Florida Division of Student Affairs
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: April 2007
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Division of Student Affairs

Division of Student Affairs
155 Tigert Hall
PO Box 113250
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-3250
www. ufsa. ufl. edu

Student Affairs Update

Students Pursuing Avenues through Career Exploration

On Tuesday, March 27, the Career Resource Center (CRC) staff launched over 60 students
into a journey of self-exploration that allowed them to reflect upon their career paths and
academic majors. S.P.A.C.E. (Students Pursing Avenues through Career Exploration) is a
new and innovative program that the Career Development team at the CRC developed to
meet the career exploration needs of undergraduate students, especially first and second
year students.

Assessing Need

I hope to find my place at UF with the
help of the S.PA.C.E. program. Right
now I feel pretty lost. I don't feel as if I
know everything everybody else knows,
and it's a bit intimidating to be among
other students who are so focused
when I am the complete opposite. I
think that when I find my path and a
major that I both love and feel secure
with, that I'll achieve more as a college
student. I've heard many great things
about the S.PA.C.E. Program. It has
helped several of my friends make
tough decisions regarding their major,
and I hope that it will help me do the

UF Student

Contact information for this publication:

Career Resource Center
CR-100 J. Wayne Reitz Union
PO Box 118507
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-8507
www.crc.ufl. edu

*This publication is available in
alternative print format upon request.

Prior to registering, students were asked to
answer a few questions about their career
explorations needs. Their responses, as
shown below, confirm the need for career
development programs such as S.P.A.C.E. that
help students explore career and majors:

55% do not know how to gather information about careers they are interested in
65% do not know what academic major to pursue
76% do not know what career path to pursue
29% do not know what their interests are
47% do not know what their skills are
47% report that the major/career decision making process has had a negative impact on their
*16% feel comfortable with the academic major they have chosen
6% feel comfortable with the career options they believe they qualify for
*33% feel discouraged about the career opportunities they can pursue with their current

Student Panelists Share Experiences

S.P.A.C.E. participants had an opportunity to hear
the stories of 4 student panelists who successfully
navigated the process of career exploration and
are on the verge of graduating and opening new
chapters in their lives. Whether their journey of
exploration and self-reflection has led them to
being admitted to graduate programs at Harvard
University and Georgetown University orajob offer
at Morgan Stanley in New York City, one theme
connected the panelists: they all boarded the
S.P.A.C.E. shuttle early and got involved with CRC programs their first year at UF. Many
students commented after the panel session that listening to the panelists' stories helped
them feel much calmer about choosing the "right" major and career.

S.P.A.C.E. Missions

After the panel session, students had an opportunity to choose 2 out of 11 S.P.A.C.E. Missions that addressed career
development issues ranging from finding their passion to international careers:

1. Who am I and What Should I Do with My Life?
2. Will I Be Able to Earn a Living with a Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree?
3. Staying on Track: Navigating Your Path to a Major
4. Preparing for Health Majors and Careers
5. Preparing for Law School
6. Preparing for Graduate School
7. Help! My Parents Want Me to Be an Underwater Basket Weaver: Family Pressures in Choosing a Career Path
8. Can't Wait to Get to Work in the Morning: Finding Your Passion
9. Bringing All of You to Work: Culture & Career
10. How am I Even Supposed to Make a Decision Anyway?: Career Decisions
11. Finding WorkAbroad: International Careers Panel

Participant Satisfaction

The goal of the S.P.A.C.E. program is to help students gain awareness and confidence to make an informed decision
about their academic major at UF and potential careers. Students responded favorably and felt that the program helped
them learn more about themselves and the world of work to make this decision. A survey of program participants
resulted in the following average rankings of satisfaction with the program (scale of 1-5 with 5 being the highest):

Overall satisfaction with sessions attended.......................... .......... .... 4.28
Better awareness of the process of exploring a career/major ............... 4.17
Increase in confidence about abilities to choose a major/career........... 3.60
Increase in confidence about ability to graduate on time..................... 3.51

Looking Ahead

The universe of careers is vast and exploring it can be a long and intimidating process. Students who participated in
the S.P.A.C.E. program discovered that their work was not done that evening. In fact, it had just begun for most of
them. One student said the following in an exit survey: "It made me a bit more confused; however, it pointed me into a
direction where to find help." Students are encouraged to engage in the exploration process as early as possible and
visit the CRC to receive one-on-one counseling and guidance about their career exploration and job search needs.

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