Students have begun registering for Spring 2019 classes and when they return from Thanksgiving break they will be in the final stretch of the semester. They will need added support during this time, as they utilize campus resources and manage their time effectively in order to have a strong finish. I encourage you to check in with your child to see how she/he/they is doing and encourage adequate sleep and nutrition, time on task for their classes and necessary breaks and stress relief. The University offers a number of activities to assist students in preparing for finals, such as added tutoring and 24/7 Library hours the last two weeks, as well as self-care and distress activities. Please encourage your child to look at the various event and program calendars or contact our office of Campus Activities, Service and Leadership (contact information at the end of this Bulletin) for further information.
I wish you a joyous Thanksgiving and hope that you do not want for people and experiences in your life that you are thankful for. I am thankful for our students, your children, who ensure that every day brings us new opportunities to learn from our youth and grow as a community. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions regarding the Parent and Family Bulletin and future articles or need advice or assistance in supporting your student’s success at William Paterson University, please do not hesitate to contact me.
At the Career Development Center at William Paterson University, our mission is to help students prepare for life after college and develop the professional skills needed to achieve career success. Career development is a life-long process in which students learn to manage their learning, work, leisure, and life transitions. Through the programs we offer and one-on-one counseling appointments, our goal is to help students discover more about themselves, gain experience, and make meaningful connections.
There are certain steps that students should take to help them explore various career options. Just like the best way to prepare for a final exam is to study over time, a student’s job search is something they shouldn’t “cram” for at the last minute. It takes time, reflection, and different experiences that will help a student better define what they’d like to do. We can help students create a road map for their time at William Paterson University by utilizing our Four-Year Career Plan as a guide on their career journey. We encourage students to take an active part in managing their academic experience. Our career development plan allows students to participate in guided activities that teach them how to develop the skills needed to navigate their professional career path.
Our Four-Year Career Plan is broken down by specific themes and suggested activities based on a student’s year in school. Students are led in a systematic way through processes of Self-Assessment, Exploration, Skill Development, Work Experience, and Self-Branding. Our goal for first-year students is to have them reflect on their interests, values, skills, and personality and begin making connections to majors, careers, and industries. As students enter their sophomore year, we encourage them to build their skills, become involved in the campus community, and start exploring internship opportunities. As they transition into their junior year, a student’s focus should be on gaining experience in their field of interest and making connections within the industry in which they wish to work. Finally, as they get ready to begin their senior year, students should be clarifying their goals, finalizing their resume and cover letters, honing their interview skills, and beginning to plan for life after William Paterson.
To learn more about our Four-Year Career Plan, visit (and have your student visit!) our Career Development website: http://www.wpunj.edu/career-center/students/major-career-exploration
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Residence Halls Open for Spring Semester: Tuesday, January 15 (10:00 am to 6:00 pm)
First Day of Classes, Spring 2018 Semester: Wednesday, January 16
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday (University Closed): Monday, January 21
Last Day for 100 Percent Refund: Tuesday, January 22
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