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2014 Professional Development Class – Our Visit to ECU Career Center

Professional Development Anthro Class and Mr. John Stowe

Professional Development Anthro Class and Mr. John Stowe

Dr. Bailey and Professional Development Anthro class

Dr. Bailey and Professional Development Anthro class

On February 19th, my Professional Development Anthropology class took our annual tour and listened to an excellent presentation from Career Counselor – Mr. John Stowe – of ECU’s Career Center. The Career Center is located at 701 East 5th Stree – across the street from the Art building and on the corner across from the Chancellor’s house.

Newly hired, Mr. John Stowe shared his expertise and suggestions to my class about preparing for life after college. As a recent ECU alumni, Mr. Stowe knows the trials and tribulations of a graduate finding their direction. In fact, he spent a few years in different types of career opportunities, yet now he recognizes that he has a new, more settled career path – Career Counselor and pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Mr. Stowe shared his life experiences with the class as well as highlighting all the specific services offered to the students at the Career Center.

ECU’s Career Center can help students with Career Exploration and Assessment, Career Readiness, Connection with Employers, Jobs, and Internships. There were two issues that Mr. Stowe emphasized the most. They were: 1. Internships and 2. Developing your skill set. All students should try to participate in as many internships as possible while they are an undergraduate simply because these are opportunities that sets a student apart from other graduating students but they also provide students with a certain level of skill sets. These “skills sets” and the internships often times provides students with a better opportunity to obtain a job after graduation.

Check out a couple of photos from our visit!

Professional Development Anthropology Class Visits ECU Career Center

The Professional Development Anthropology class

Patrick Roberts Presenting

Patrick Roberts giving Presentation

Patrick Roberts

On February 22nd, the Professional Development Anthropology class visited the ECU Career Center. Our host and Career Counselor was Mr. Patrick Roberts. His presentation and tour of the career center were excellent. It’s exactly what the class needed to experience.

Our visit to the career center started with a tour of the two-story house. Mr. Roberts showed the class all the offices on the first floor and upstairs. We met many of the counselors and staff throughout the center. After the tour, we returned to the first floor, sat in one of the front rooms, and listened to Mr. Roberts presentation.

Mr. Roberts highlighted in his presentation all the services and programs associated with the career center. He emphasized to the class issues such as career exploration, readiness, recruitment programs, available technology from the career center, and the career planning model. In particular, the career planning model involves three steps: 1. Self-Assessment, 2. Career Exploration, and 3. Take Action. At the very end of his presentation, he mentioned “Focus 2” – an interesting self-assessment software which will give students a profile of their personal characteristics and determine whether it matches their major.

The class was very appreciative of the presentation and asked questions. Mr. Roberts assurred them that they can come back again and again, but particularly take advantage of all the Career center tools that are online when they visit their website at: http:://

Professional Development Anthropology Class Visits Career Center

Carol Woodruff and Professional Development Anth students

Dr. Bailey and 2011 Professional Development Anthropology Class

Just like last year, my new Professional Development Anthropology class visited ECU’s Career Center to learn about all the services from the excellent staff and administrators. Our site visit to the Career center helps to fulfill two of the major objectives of this course: 1. To research and learn about specific job opportunities and internships related to your area of interest; and 2. To provide an opportunity for various organizations at ECU to present information on practical skill building strategies for students.

In our visit today, Carol Woodruff provided us with an excellent overview of the many services provided by the Career Center. Her presentation highlighted significant issues such as resume & cover letter writing, etiquette training for job interviews, searching for jobs through Pirate Jobs & O-Net, and Networking. She also had the students complete a “hand-shaking” exercise which emphasized how to greet a potential employer.

Overall, the major purpose in setting up this site visit at the Career Center is to give all my students an opportunity to take advantage of all the services related to the Career Center but also to get my students more prepared in finding a job. This is one way in which I try to get all of my anthropology students to “professionalize” themselves now as opposed to later. Of course, I had a lot of fun again!

Director Jim McAtee speaks to Professional Development Anthropology Class

On February 10th, the Director of the Career Center — Mr. Jim McAtee — visited the Professional Development Anthropology class and talked about “Debt and Finances.” Not surprisingly, many students never had the opportunity to get expert advice about their college debt and fianances, so that’s why I invited Mr. McAtee back to this class again from last year. Like last year, Mr. McAtee provided students with practical, real life strategies to address their debt and finances while they are still in school and once they graduate beginning their first jobs.

Initially and understandably, I could tell that my class was alittle hesitant to talk about these issues yet the way Mr. McAtee approached this very difficult topic, it allowed students to really think seriously about their debt and finances and how best to design a lifestyle strategy for it.

Here are the major themes from Director McAtee’s talk:
A. College Loans
1. Take only what you need;
2. Pay any interest you have on loans while in school;
3. Live cheap the first few years out of college;
4. Work for employers who pay your loans (i.e.. Military, Some private companies)

B. Have a Plan
1. Do a budget and stick to it;
2. Invest in yourself (401k, IRA);
3. Break the credit tradition.

C. Understand Net Worth
1. Assests – liabilities – net worth or wealth
2. Most Americans live in negative or slightly above per net worth;
3. Manage your life to always increase net worth while limiting liabilities.

D. How to Increase Net Worth
1. Have more assests than liabilities;
2. Buy things that appreciate in value;
3. Spend as little money on things that decreases in value.

Wow. This was a talk that every student particularly freshmen need to hear. Mr McAtee highlighted a number of practical examples in which students could learn what to do, but more importantly what not to do. That’s probably the most difficult decision that most college students had to deal with.

Later in his talk, Mr. McAtee used the Departments’ video set-up hooked up to the internet. Here he wanted a website which showed not only the student’s potential job category but most importantly what their potential anthropology job actually makes. This was an excellent surprise for students because it placed all of this academic activity in its proper place. By end of their years at ECU, it is about “GETTING A JOB.”

In addition to his talk, Mr. McAtee had students complete a small exercise in which they were to pick how much money they were going to make in their first job. Not surprisedly, students were somewhat shocked to see what Anthropologists really make.

In fact, I was surprised and I have been in the field of Anthropology for more than 20 years. Learn something new every day.

Professional Development Anthropology Class visits ECU’s Career Center

Anthropology Students Asking Questions of Associate Director Donley

Anthropology Students Asking Questions of Associate Director Donley

Professor Eric Bailey and Anthropology Students

Professor Eric Bailey and Anthropology Students

Associate Director Larry Donley and Professor Eric Bailey

Associate Director Larry Donley and Professor Eric Bailey

On January 27th, my spring Professional Development Anthropology class visited the ECU’s Career Center. Although this course is designed to get students to recognize what type of practical skills they have acquired through their coursework, I am actually giving students an opportunity to prepare for the job market before they graduate from ECU. Thus, I have our class venture outside of our classroom and visit a number of available resources and expetise on the ECU campus. That’s one of the reasons why I scheduled a meeting with ECU’s Career Center.

At ECU’s Career Center, Associate Director Larry Donley, invited us to the Center and gave us a thorough overview of the Center’s activities along with a brief tour. The program and services offered through the Career Center include: 1. Job Listings and Recruiting Programs, 2. Student Employment, 3. Resumes and Cover Letter Critiques, 4. Career Fairs, 5. Mock Interviews, 6. Advanced Technology and Virtual Career Services, Employer Information Sessions/On Campus Recruiting, 7. Alumni Networks, and 8. Cooperative Education and Internship Program.

Associate Director Larry Donley answered all the questions from the students, provided specific information on how students can be better prepared for their job interviews and most importantly helped to reduce some of the anxiety students may have had when preparing for the job market. At the end of his presentation, Mr. Donley gave the class one final handout. This handout related directly to our course. It was entitled, “Top Ten Skills Sought By Employers.”

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the top ten skills sought by employers are: 1. Verbal & Written Communication Skills, 2. Honesty & Integrity, 3. Interpersonal Skills, 4. Strong Work Ethic, 5. Teamwork Skills, 6. Analytical Skills, 7. Motivation & Initiative 8. Flexibility & Adaptability, 9. Computer Skills, and 10. Attention to Detail. This is exactly the type of information that I wanted my students in Anthropology to know before they graduated because it really comes down to some of these basic skills as to whether they will be employed in an anththropologically-related job or not.

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It was a very productive and enlighting visit for all!