The Road Trip – Career Development Program for First Year Students
The Road Trip is a program for first year students to guide them through the process of self-awareness and career decision-making. It is designed to inform, inspire, and encourage each student’s journey through Drew with purpose and passion as they begin to make decisions about their career and their future.
There is no question that those students who are committed to their educational goals early on are more likely to make steady progress toward their career objectives. The Road Trip Program (comprised of a series of videos, assessments, and workshops) is designed help each student understand his/her strengths, interests, and values, identify career options, and create a plan. This plan will help guide each student during the next three years of their academic careers, empowering each one with self-knowledge, career focus, and confidence to achieve their professional goals.
The Roadtrip Program
Each year, Drew University sends a team of freshmen on the road to interview people who have defined their own road in life. In the fall, first year students will compete in the “Roadtrip Competition.” The winning team (comprised of three to four students) will be awarded a grant to go on the road, interview 4-5 people who inspire them, professionals from various walks of life who are passionate about their careers. The team will videotape their interviews and the video will be premiered at an event for all first-year students during the spring semester.
Finding Your Own Path
This video, produced exclusively for Drew students, features Drew faculty, staff, alumni and upper level students sharing their knowledge and experiences in choosing a major and finding a rewarding career. It presents a plan for how to get where you want to go, how to overcome any barriers that are in the way, and the steps necessary for a successful journey.
All first year students will complete MyPlan, an online career assessment program designed to measure skills, interests, values, and personality and uncover possible career paths. The site also includes detailed information about a wide variety of majors and careers.
Interpretation of Results
Students will attend a workshop where their MyPlan results will be interpreted by a Career Counselor and a career plan will begin to emerge.