University 101 Programs




Decide It! Experience It! Live It! How the Career Center can Help You

The Career Center presentation offers students an opportunity to be introduced to and connect to the Career Center. While emphasizing Career Center services and resources throughout the presentation, students will also be challenged to think about their career-related goals and identify next steps or actions items for accomplishing those goals. Students will be introduced to a career decision-making process and a four-year student plan. They will be strongly encouraged to seek career-related experiences during their first year and will learn how to identify resources to assist them in searching/preparing for experiential education opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

The "Decide It. Experience It. Live It! How the Career Center Can Help You" presentation supports University 101 learning outcomes:

II. Help Students Discover and Connect with the University of South Carolina

a. Identify appropriate campus resources and opportunities that will contribute to their educational experience, goals, and campus engagement.

Students will be introduced to the four-step career decision-making process – 1) Who am I?  2) What’s out there?  3) How do I fit? and 4) What’s my plan?   Career Center services, web resources, and campus partner resources will be introduced to support students as they move through the career decision-making process. 

III. Prepare Students for Responsible Lives in a Diverse, Interconnected, and Changing World

d. Describe processes, strategies, and resources, and explain the implications of their decisions, related to their overall wellness.

Students will be encouraged to complement their academic studies with experiential education opportunities including job shadowing, externships, internships, cooperative education positions, part-time/summer jobs, volunteering, study abroad, and undergraduate research.  They will understand the value of such experiences with regards to exploring their career choices, gaining experience in their field, developing contacts that can assist them in their job searches, and increasing their marketability for full-time employment. 

As a result of attending this presentation students will:

  • Understand the career decision-making process and apply it to their individual situations
  • Recognize the Career Center is a resource to helps students connect their academic studies to potential career opportunities
  • Identify resources to assist them in searching/preparing for experiential education opportunities including job shadowing, externships, internships, cooperative education positions, part-time/summer jobs, volunteering, study abroad, and undergraduate research
  • Recognize the importance of having four-year student plans and identify career-related tasks that should be included in each year of their plans
  • Identify resources to assist them in career research, resume writing, interview preparation, and job search.

Presentation Outline

  • Warm Ups & Energizers

  • Career Services Overview
    • Explanation of the “Decide it. Experience it. Live it.” Career Center services
    • Overview and explanation of Career Center mission
  • Decide it.
    • I’m in college…now what???  Overview of steps in the career decision-making process
      • Who am I? Self assessment
      • What’s out there? Researching careers
      • How do I fit? Synthesizing and choosing
      • What’s my plan? Developing an action plan
    • Who am I?
      • ACTIVITY - Self assessment exercise
    • What’s out there?
      • ACTIVITY - Fact or Crap
      • CAREER RESOURCE DEMONSTRATION - Show students how to research a career using an online resource such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, ONET Online, Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, etc.
    • Experience it.
      • How do I fit?
        • ACTIVITY - Guess the Job
          • Debrief questions: a) When did you sit down? b) How did you feel about the limited information you were given about the job? c) How did you feel when you made the decision to sit down?
        • VIDEO - Reflections from USC students on aspects of their personal four-year student plan and ways to gain experience. Employers will share information about the skills and experiences they look for in prospective candidates for internships and full-time jobs. 
      • Live it!
        • What’s my plan?
          • Talk about the importance of having a plan and discuss major aspects of the four-year student plan (with emphasis on action items in the first-year)
          • ACTIVITY - Start developing your personal four-year student plan

Presentation Length
50 minutes or 75 minutes

Presenter Training
Only second year graduate students are able to present. Graduate students will participate in University 101 presentation training before the start of the fall semester. Additionally, they will be required to shadow various professional staff during University 101 presentations before facilitating the presentation on their own.