The Career Architecture Process

As a result of Stevenson's formal strategic planning process, the president, administration and faculty of Stevenson developed and introduced the concept of Career ArchitectureSM to the campus. The process is a personal exploration for students to help them design their career paths beyond their first job. Students learn to integrate personal interests and professional development while identifying and incorporating their values, skills, strengths, and abilities. Through the Career ArchitectureSM process and the collaborative approach taken by faculty, staff, and administrators, Stevenson students gain a competitive edge in the real work world.

Career ArchitectureSM is comprised of four elements that are introduced at different stages during the students' collegiate years:

  • Self-Discovery reflective pieces and exercises designed to help them explore individual skills, values, and interests. Goal: establish a foundation that leads to the creation of a personal plan for life and work.
  • Career Development Foundations—basic career skills are learned through curricula, in-class seminars and a wide range of university experiences and activities. Goal: develop these skills and know how to apply them to succeed in school, work, and life.
  • Career Exploration—career and exploration events and activities, including symposia, career fairs, exploration tours, shadow days, and informational interviews are offered. Goal: introduce methods for each student to discover which career options are the best fit, including cooperative studies, internship opportunities, and field placements/practicums.
  • Career Preparation—at this stage, career strategic plan development, resume and interview preparation, video mock interviews, portfolio preparation, participation in on-campus recruiting sessions, networking support, and job search coaching/assistance take place. Goal: introduce methods and opportunities for professional preparation for post-university work.

Stevenson's faculty, the Career HQ® staff, and administrators are all energized to work with members of area businesses and organizations to identify career exploration and preparation opportunities for Stevenson students from the day they arrive on campus. Some of the activities available to students include a Verizon Science and Math Symposium, targeted career symposiums and seminars, career exploration fairs, in-class seminars, and network/etiquette meals.