Getting from where you are to the career you want is a journey that should start long before graduation. Students at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) find that this journey begins earlier than ever with the introduction of GPS guidance on the University's new career planning website at jhu.edu/careerservices.
The GPS guidance is the University’s first institution-wide resource of its type, designed by experts from the career centers serving all nine Johns Hopkins schools. Any student —undergraduate or graduate; full- or part-time; engineer, musician, or totally undecided—can use it as soon as he or she starts classes at the University.
Kathy Bovard, Director of Coaching and Education of the Career Development team at the JHU Carey Business School, says the real work isn’t typing up the resume, applying for grad school, or writing the business plan for a startup. All that comes later. The real work is figuring out who you are, what you care about, what you might be good at, and what opportunities there are for doing that work.
“It begins with self-assessment, starting as soon as you get to Hopkins,” says Bovard, who works on the University’s Student Services Excellence Initiative, which created the new site. “What are your interests; what are your skills; what’s your value proposition to an employer?”
That’s the first leg of the journey, and there are tools and advice for following that part of the route in the “Assess Yourself” section of the website. Four follow-up sections lead the user further along the road: “Research Career Paths,” “Make Decisions,” and “Take Action” are intended to guide students toward that first post-Johns Hopkins opportunity. The final section, “Manage Your Career,” takes students even further, with guidance for professional development, work-life balance and, eventually, the next career move.