At CLA Career Services, we offer comprehensive, personalized guidance in Career Management—one of the ten Core Career Competencies that CLA develops in students to help them demonstrate and articulate their career readiness. Here in CLA Career Services (and throughout CLA as a whole), we use the CLA Career Management Model as a framework for guiding you toward career success and satisfaction. The CLA Career Management Model is a tool you can use to navigate your career path throughout your life. It is made up of three interdependent phases, which you cycle through continuously as both you and the world around you change:
EXPLORE ⇒ EXPERIENCE ⇒ EXCEL
You will find that we refer to the Career Management Model often here in CLA Career Services, whether we’re working with you one on one in a counseling appointment, teaching you in one of our courses, or referring you to our website (which, as you can see, is organized under this same concept).
The CLA Career Management Model is part of the culture here, and thus it influences both the language we use to offer career guidance and the organizational approach we take to offering it. So it’s important for you to understand what the model is and, especially, how it can actually help you in very practical, tangible ways.
In the Explore phase of the CLA Career Management Model, you learn more about yourself as well as how you can proactively and purposefully develop your Core Career Competencies through various academic, engagement, and career activities.
Examples of exploration include:
- Meeting with your CLA academic advisor or a CLA career counselor.
- Taking a career assessment or a career exploration course.
- Arranging a meeting, or informational interview, with a professional in a career of interest.
- Enrolling in courses that interest you.
In the Experience phase of the CLA Career Management Model, you engage in experiential opportunities to apply what you’re learning in the classroom, further explore your options, and continue developing the Core Career Competencies.
Examples of experience include:
- Getting involved in a student organization or club related to your unique combination of major(s), minor(s), and certificate(s).
- Participating in internships, research programs, or volunteer activities.
- Meeting with your CLA academic advisor and/or a CLA career counselor to get support pursuing other experiential opportunities, such as part-time work, learning abroad, or off-campus study.
In the Excel phase of the CLA Career Management Model, you prepare for your post-graduation life, whether that means pursuing employment, going to graduate/professional school, or something else.
Examples of excelling include:
- Working with a CLA career counselor to develop a solid résumé.
- Participating in practice interviews with a CLA career counselor and/or a volunteer employer.
- Attending career fairs to meet with prospective employers and learn about job opportunities.
As you continue cycling through the phases of the CLA Career Management model, you’ll do a lot of reflection and decision making along the way, both of which will determine your specific path through the model. This work will help you throughout your life as you refine your interests and goals and respond to your changing needs.
The CLA Career Management Model is a realistic, practical way to navigate the complex process of becoming career ready. It helps you (and us!) see where you are on your career readiness journey and where you still need to go. And it will always keep you moving forward.