The Office of Career Services maintains a library of print resources, a variety of handouts, and other information on career fields related to Roanoke College majors and others. Additionally, you should find that many of the internet sites described below and listed under Internet Sources on our website are helpful in this regard.
For many years, Roanoke College has had active Alumni and Family Networks to assist students and recent graduates in many aspects of their career development. These networks have now become one and are known as MAROON MENTORS. A large number of RC alumni and parents/other family members all around the country have volunteered to assist in our whole person development of students.
The program has various aspects of assistance provided, depending on the needs of the individual student, or of students at certain Class year levels. We may reach out to alumni to help students with leads for internships and/or job connections in their respective organizations. Mentors may participate in networking programs hosted for students, both on campus and in our alumni chapter city areas. These would include "What Can I Do With a Major in ....?" alumni career panels held mostly on campus during the regular semesters, and our Career Night series held during Fall and Semester Breaks, in our alumni chapter cities.
A large focus of Maroon Mentors is our formal mentor/student pairing program that occurs in the fall and spring semesters, as well as in summers. Focused mainly on the sophomore Class year - a time to EXPLORE - students may sign up to be matched with mentors whose experience and background are similar in nature to the students' respective career interests. Together, they plan informational interviews and job shadowing periods spent at the mentors' employment site, sometimes shadowing others on staff as well as the mentor. These opportunities can lead to contacts for internships and others as the student progresses through the rest of his/her college career.
Students interested in being assigned a Maroon Mentor should begin by completing this short Maroon Mentors Interest Survey. The Coordinator of Student Orientation & Development in Career Services will contact the student back to initiate the next steps.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MAJOR IN.....?
Wondering what you can do with different majors after graduation???
Tap into this online resource, What Can I Do With This Major? at this link: https://whatcanidowiththismajor.com (NOTE: you MUST access through the link and not by copying and pasting the URL or retyping it, in order to be connected properly). Click on any of the fields listed, and even more national links will appear that will provide career, internship, and job information for that respective field.
Another great source of career information may be found online at http://www.jobshadow.com. At Job Shadow you can read real interviews from people as they talk about the jobs they do and the careers they have. If you're career hunting, trying to find out what career is right for you. Don't like your current job, want to career mentor and help others, or just plain curious? You can read about and explore the different career options and shadow people's jobs online.
Additionally, find more information specific to Roanoke's majors and academic departments on our Major Career Advising Guides:
NEED GUIDANCE IN CHOOSING A MAJOR? OR THINKING OF CHANGING YOUR MIND??
My Next Move, part of the O*Net online system, is a free resource that will help individuals explore career options based on their interests, learn about career opportunities, and explore jobs connected to these opportunities. It is an quick online instrument found at http://www.mynextmove.org/. The results compare nicely with those of the Strong Interest Inventory. For initial exploration, try My Next Move. For further needs, the Strong Interest Inventory may be appropriate. America's CareerOneStop can provide additional information about careers and pairs well with My Next Move. Another great resource on career information and outlook for the future is the Occupational Outlook Handbook, provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is a tool utilized by Career Services to help students recognize areas of strength within themselves. Some results should be apparent, but others may be subliminal and need to be brought to the surface. The SII is a secure online tool that students may complete from any computer with Internet access, upon receipt of user codes from Career Services. A professional staff member will then meet with students to review the resulting report, at which time options for the student will be discussed.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is another tool utilized by Career Services, to help students match their behavioral preferences with those required by certain occupational fields. The Myers-Briggs and Strong instruments complement each other and often will validate information learned by completion of both. Completion and interpretation of the MBTI is by appointment through Career Services.
For more information on either of these career guidance tools, or to request to complete either, contact Career Services at 540-375-2303, firstname.lastname@example.org.