Webinar Series: Introduction to The Career Planning Process

Join NOVA Online’s Career Counselor next week for the Introduction to the Career Planning Process Webinar Series. career_lightbulb

This lunchtime webinar series will take you through the basic steps of career planning with the goal of helping you make informed decisions about your academic and career goals.

Register for one session or register for all three. All three webinars will run from 12:15pm-1:00pm! All webinars can be found through the NOVA Online Webinar Page!

Tuesday, October 4 from 12:15 – 1:00 pm – Focus on Your Career Planning

This 45 minute webinar will introduce students to FOCUS 2 an online, interactive, self-guided career and education planning system. Register Today!

Wednesday, October 5 from 12:15 – 1:00 pm – Exploring Career Options

This 45 minute webinar will focus on using various online resources to research career options. Register Today!

Thursday, October 6 from 12:15 – 1:00 pm – Conducting a Job Search

This 45 minute webinar will focus on basic strategies for conducting a job search. Register Today!

We hope to “see” you there!

Fall 2016 Apprenticeship Fair

Fall 2016 Apprenticeship Fair.

Thursday, September 15, 2016.

10am-2pm.

FREE and open to the public.

Note: This is an off-campus event.

The event will be held approximately 2 miles from campus.

Click here to view location.

View employers and their positions.

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Career Planning Webinars – This Week!

Join NOVA Online’s Career Counselor this week for two webinars this week

Video Call Facetime Chatting Communication ConceptTuesday (9/6) – 12:15 – 1:00 pm – Webinar: Focus on Your Career Planning:

This 45 minute webinar will introduce students to FOCUS 2 an online, interactive, self-guided career and education planning system. The system can help students select a program/major based on their interests and aspirations, discover occupations matching their personal preferences and attributes, map out their career plans – present and future, and make informed career decisions. Register Today!

Wednesday (9/7) – 12:15 – 1:00 pm – Webinar: Exploring Career Options:

This 45 minute webinar will focus on using various online resources to research career options. The relationship between programs of study at NOVA, college majors, and career options will be discussed.  Resources presented will provide information on nature of work, educational requirements, job outlook, and wages. Register Today!

Fall 2016 Apprenticeship Job Fair

The Apprenticeship Job Fair is scheduled for Thursday, September 15, 2016, 10am-2pm at 7611 Little River Turnpike, Annandale VA, 22003.  The event is free of charge and open to the public.

The Fall 2016 Apprenticeship Job Fair is in partnership with SkillSource Group Inc. and Virginia’s Department of Labor & Industry – Division of Registered Apprenticeship.

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FREE ONLINE JOB SEARCH TOOL FOR NOVA STUDENTS

Looking for a job?  Trying to find an internship?  Whether you are near a computer or on the go, a great place to begin your search is by accessing College Central Network (CCN) – NOVA’s online job board system.

The following are some benefits of using the system.

  • Search for jobs and other opportunities posted exclusively to NOVA.  Take a look at many local positions available now.
  • Search for jobs on CCN’s Jobs Central® national job board.  The job board contains over 500,000 opportunities from unique sources.
  • Check out CCN’s Intern Central® national internship board to search for internships.
  • Build a new resume with the Resume Builder feature.
  • Upload your resume and make it searchable to employers.
  • Check out over 1,000 career articles written by industry professionals.
  • View career videos and listen to over 25 career advice podcasts on topics including resume basics,  interviewing, and personal branding.
  • Browse and sign-up for upcoming workshops, programs, and events at NOVA and in the surrounding area.

Don’t delay – follow the steps below to begin using the system.

  1. Access College Central Network
  2. Select Students
  3. Follow on screen instructions

Contact Career and Experiential Learning Services if you are unable to access the system.

Free Career Planning Tool for NOVA Students

Did you know all NOVA students, staff, and faculty have free access to FOCUS 2, an online, interactive, self-guided career and education planning system that can help you:

  • Select a major based on your interests and aspirations
  • Discover occupations matching your personal preferences and attributes
  • Map out your career plans, present and future
  • Make informed career decisions

Follow the steps below to create an account and begin using FOCUS 2.

  1. Go to https://www.focuscareer2.com/Portal/Login.cfm?SID=1014
  2. Click on “NEW USER? CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED”
  3. Enter “NOVA” for the access code
  4. Enter your NOVA student e-mail address in the e-mail box
  5. Select appropriate group from list provided
  6. Click continue

Contact Christy Jensen (chjensen@nvcc.edu) if you have any problems accessing the system or to schedule a career advising appointment.

This Week at NOVA Online!

Open registration for all students starts today, Monday, November 16. Have any questions about your spring term courses? Need to change your degree plan? Schedule a virtual appointment with an NOVA Online Counselor!

First time in college? Participate in a New Student Orientation Webinar – This one hour webinar is required for new-to-college students aged 17-24. New Student Orientation will focus on academic and career goals, reading degree plans, and registering for classes. Use your VCCS username/password to register and email NOVA OnlineLearn@nvcc.edu with any questions. All are welcome.

November is National Career Development Month. Join NOVA Online Career Counselor on Wednesday, November 18, 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm for the Conducting a Job Search Webinar. This 45 minute webinar will focus on basic strategies for conducting a job search. Topics covered will include creating a plan, identifying sources of job leads, and resume, cover letter, and interview basics.

Last week was National Distance Learning Week! We celebrated throughout the week with trivia, facts/myths, and memories – including this picture below! NOVA Online started as correspondence classes and used video, audio, and postal mail for courses. Can you imagine? We hope you enjoyed NDLW!

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RESOURCE REVIEW: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

Happy National Career Development Month! A great resource to help you explore career options is Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center database provided by NOVA’s library.

Ferguson’s offers 3 major resources:

 Job and Industry Profiles picture  Job Hunting and Workplace Skills  Career and Industry Resources picture
Use the Job and Industry Profiles section to find detailed profiles of more than 3,000 jobs in over 94 industries. Use the Job-hunting and Workplace Skills section to learn valuable information for finding employment including tips on: etiquette, teamwork, resume writing, and leadership. Use the Career and Industry Resources section to find resources devoted to college and career advancement including scholarships, fellowships, internships and apprenticeships.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center offers everything above and more, including a career interest assessment. So, whether you are just starting out, you are interested in advancing your career, or you would like to change fields this database has something for you. Happy searching!

Need more guidance? Contact your career services counselor .

Article written by Joi Jackson, NOVA Online’s Library Assistant

Learn about additional career resources by participating in today’s Exploring Career Options webinar being offered from 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm.  The webinar is free, but registration is required.

Happy National Career Development Month!

career pink and greenNovember is National Career Development Month.  NCDM was designed to highlight the importance of life-long career development and the personal empowerment of all people.  During the month everyone is encouraged to take a moment to reflect upon their career development.   A good starting point is taking time to review the basic steps in the career development process. The following is an overview of the steps:

Step 1: Understanding Self

During this step individuals focus on identifying their interests, personality, skills, and values.

Step 2: Exploring Careers

During this step individuals focus on learning more about careers.

Step 3: Making Decisions

During this step individuals evaluate their options to develop a personalized plan.

Step 4: Finding Employment (and Gaining Practical Experience)

During this step individuals focus on getting a job, obtaining an internship, or exploring options for gaining practical experience.

Learn more about each step by visiting NOVA’s Career Services website.

Further your personal development by participating in a career focused webinar. Learn more about webinars being offered and register here.  Follow NOVA Online on Twitter to receive a daily inspirational quote and use #NCDM to share your favorite quotes. Join us on Facebook to participate in a weekly activity. Visit the NOVA Online Virtual Student Union to learn more about career development and related resources. Read the Career Counselor posts on the NOVA Onlineife Student Blog for tips, stories, and to stay connected.

This Week at NOVA Online

Happy Monday!Calendar planning concept Advising Week is here, which means spring registration is right around the corner! Open registration for all students starts on Monday, November 16. Are you a current NOVA student? Follow this tutorial to find your priority registration date.

Join a NOVA Online Counselor on Tuesday, November 3, 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm for the Getting Ready for your Next Semester Webinar. This 45 minute webinar for NOVA students will focus on answering key questions students have about preparing for their next semester.  Topics covered will include program identification, course selection, college resources, schedule planning, and registration/payment tips.

November is National Career Development Month.

Join NOVA Online Career Counselor on Wednesday, November 4, 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm for the Focus on your Career Planning Webinar. This 45 minute webinar will introduce students to FOCUS 2 an online, interactive, self-guided career and education planning system.  The system can help students select a program/major based on their interests and aspirations, discover occupations matching their personal preferences and attributes, map out their career plans – present and future, and make informed career decisions.

We hope you were able to take advantage of some Transfer webinars in October. Did you miss the Transfer Planning session with NOVA Online Transfer Counselor, Kim Burkle? Request the recording to get some information for your planning process.

Save the Date: November 9-13 is National Distance Learning Week. We will be celebrating you throughout the week on social media.