Career centers looking to increase FDS response rates might want to focus on communicating regularly with students, providing participation incentives, and ensuring the process is convenient for students.
Automated video interviews (AVIs) are an emerging recruitment tool. As success factors in AVIs may differ from face-to-face interviews, it is important for career services practitioners to know how to help their students prepare for these new types of interviews.
Not only does PathwayU offer student assessments, but it also provides guidance based on predictive knowledge that accounts for the user’s sense of purpose and meaning.
CSU Fullerton’s “I Am First” program teaches first-generation students how to create social capital through a curriculum that empowers students to cultivate agency in their career search.
The Villanova University Disability Inclusion in the Workplace Conference is a half-day program designed primarily with hiring employers in mind to help them build disability inclusion into internship and entry-level hire experiences.
Dominican University, a Hispanic-serving institution with 64% of students identifying as Latinx and located just outside of Chicago, launched its successful career development program in its Brennan School of Business in fall 2017.
The Career & Professional Development office at the University of Denver developed a multipronged approach to work toward its ambitious goal to engage 90% of undergraduates annually.
The role of today’s primary role academic adviser is robust and multifaceted. Advisers must continually provide supportive outreach and engagement to address student interests, develop academic plans, and identify career paths from the time students first enroll throughout their college experience, and oftentimes, well past graduation.
In 2021, Hope College’s Boerigter Center for Calling and Career partnered with several computer science majors to develop a custom, interactive application for the college’s students and visitors to see a visual representation of the locations of Hope alumni around the world and their jobs. It also shows current job and internship openings in a given city.
Through relationships made through volunteering, you can gain knowledge and perspective to grow both professionally and personally.
Deciding to volunteer may not always be an easy decision, but it will ultimately be a personally fulfilling one.
While people often consider the professional benefits of volunteering, it can also have a positive impact on your mental health, too.
Serving as an advisor and mentor often requires working with students to achieve their academic goals while also adjusting to a new social environment.
No matter what the “volunteer language,” there is always an opportunity to give back and support others.
Members of the NACE Community recently offered some suggestions to their colleagues for books to add to their summer reading lists.
Tulsa Community College’s “Job Market Monday” Facebook posts include information from employers about current local job openings or internship opportunities, each in a digital flyer format.
It’s useful to take time to develop your strategy and be mindful of possible trouble spots such before sharing new ideas.
Employers who ask about weaknesses during an interview are typically seeking personal awareness and how a student can frame a strategy to minimize the consequences.
Every year, NACE hosts their Management Leadership Institute (MLI), which is designed to help participants prepare for leadership roles.
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering Job & Internship Fair Tours were created to engage more first- and second-year students in job fairs and to reduce barriers to attendance.
As a career coach, I meet with both domestic and international students who are hoping to build their connections in a variety of industries. Many of our newer graduate programs in the Katz School of Science and Health can be completed in as little as 12 months, so there is a relatively short runway for these students to develop and cultivate their industry connections.
I’ll never forget my first experience at MEGACON Orlando, the largest pop culture convention in the southern United States, attended by more than 140,000 people annually. The hundreds of merchandise booths, once-in-a-lifetime meetups with celebrities, jaw-dropping character costumes, and all-day schedule of live entertainment kept the weekend packed with engaging experiences. The moments I remember most, however, came in smaller, more personalized packages:
Skill development and early engagement are key priorities of New York University’s (NYU’s) Wasserman Center for Career Development. It addressed both of these priorities by developing a program that embedded career readiness competencies in a course for first-year students.
Career services needs to be strategically positioned on campus to provide the vision, guidance, and relationships to demonstrate its importance and value and to maximize student outcomes.
News articles shout about the continuance of the “Great Resignation” or “Great Reshuffle” across all industries. As of July 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reported that quit rates (individuals voluntarily separating from their organization) continue to hold steady in the field of education, with more than half a million exits since the beginning of 2022.
Students who set goals and develop a specific and measurable plan to accomplish that goal are more likely to be successful, and staff advisers can play a key role in this process.
The University at Buffalo’s Career Design Center has put an emphasis on maximizing available technology tools that can improve operations and better meet the needs of students and employers.
In recent years, the overall knowledge rate of Davidson College’s first-destination survey (FDS) has been near or above 90%. Davidson has found several steps—such as getting an early start, using texts, and providing tailored information—to be helpful in attaining and maintaining a high FDS knowledge rate.
“Speed interviewing gives students strong, real-world practice on their interviewing skills in a low-pressure environment,” says Susan Proctor, who is the employer development manager in the career center.
While looking to use gamification to create a fun and interactive career development program for her students, Merry Olson hit on an idea that has created much interest among career services practitioners.
The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University recently published a new practitioner packet that provides guidance to colleges seeking to redesign their new student onboarding practices.
Career fairs are part of the lifeblood of career services programs—and important events for students and potential employers. Many career centers are thinking of moving their career fairs online in the fall.
Yale University’s Office of Career Strategy is undertaking an aggressive personal outreach effort to graduating students who indicate they are “still seeking” on the university’s first-destination survey.
In this time of disruption and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, when many career services practitioners are working from home, it is crucial for them to stay connected, says Tammy Spenziero, who is in a unique position to offer guidance on working remotely.
With no additional budget, Clarion’s Center for Career and Professional Development built and implemented a mentor program for students.
How do you get more students to attend your career fairs? Career services staff often brainstorm new ways to get more students in the door—and NACE members are sharing their latest ideas.
At the University of South Carolina, career services is working to make career readiness and employability everyone’s responsibility with its career champions program.
What tasks do your work-study students do? Career services professionals noted their student workers create content, conduct employer outreach, and more.
While taking that first step towards volunteering may feel daunting, especially for introverts, it can end up being a very rewarding experience.
The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee flipped the tables on the traditional career fair concept and held its first reverse career fair with much success.
Career success means a commitment to lifelong learning to add skills and credentials that employers need. The adaptive innovator—or T-professional—does just that.
Schools that conduct an annual FDS to capture information on how their new college graduates fare following graduation can benefit their own institutions and demonstrate the value of higher education.
How can your career center help students to prepare for their mock interviews and set up the mock interviews to maximize the experience?
When it comes to maximizing job fair attendance, there’s bit of quick advice from the NACE Community: Don’t hold job fairs on Friday.
The winning team in the STEAM category of the NACE 60th Anniversary Innovation Challenge conceptualized a web-based tool that would help match students and employers as a lead-in to career fairs or on-campus interviews.
The Career Counselor’s Guide to Social Media will help students learn about social media as a job-search resource and career services professionals show students how to maximize their opportunities online.
How do career services offices handle their for-credit career courses? NACE members share their approaches.
The Stony Brook Center for Remote Internships & Experiential Learning provides practical resources for employers operating remotely during the pandemic and beyond.
Members of the NACE Community recently offered some suggestions to their colleagues for books to add to their summer reading lists.
The reopening plan developed by the UNLV College of Engineering aims to minimize direct contact for services that can be effectively delivered online.
Career services staff share their plans and ideas for how they might handle drop-ins in an in-person or virtual environment this fall.
How do career centers handle alternative experiential learning experiences such as contests and hackathons that may not fall into a college’s or university’s internship bucket?
Last March, a group of five Florida schools shifted their joint in-person reverse career fair to a virtual “venue” in just two weeks, but with positive results.
In this new era of social distancing, what is replacing the firm, professional handshake?
NACE members offer ideas for managing the career center staff’s interactions—whether in person or virtual—this fall.
Some career centers are noticing a decrease in employer and student registration for virtual career fairs. What strategies might increase the number of employers attending?
The KU Engineering Career Center’s social media takeover program is especially important now, when employers are unable to engage students in person.
Many career centers have approached career education as instruction into a presentation of who our students are on the outside. We can change the angle from which we see things and get students to believe and have a renewed faith in themselves.
The University of Georgia Career Center has facilitated more than 20 employer Instagram takeovers this semester.
The terms “resiliency” and “wellness” are employed in many settings, but how do they impact and what do they mean to our students applying to jobs, internships, and graduate programs, while surviving a global pandemic?
Having a formal policy helps the team in the University of Oregon’s career center team with consistency when considering postings from employers seeking unpaid interns.
Career services professionals have been wrestling with helping students pursue work that provides meaning and allows them to make an impact. Career services professionals can benefit from a calling-centered approach to career coaching.
NYU’s Wasser-Buddies mentoring program helps shape institutional culture, equalize the experience of new hires, increase knowledge transfer, and enhance leadership development.
The UNO Campus Career Council supports students in achieving their career ambitions through shared knowledge of best practices and industry training.
Volunteering with NACE can create meaningful professional and personal connections, develop and build skills on a resume, and create opportunities for growth.
By getting involved in organizations that extend beyond your job, you can develop skills and relationships that can help you grow both personally and professionally.
Volunteering can help students gain valuable experience and learn about what workplace environments best suit their needs, which will be helpful when applying for jobs after graduation.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) have scheduled the launch of Member Voices, a platform exclusively featuring member-created content with new articles published weekly.
The shift to the virtual space has allowed for collection of career fair data that may have been out of reach with the traditional format.
When working with employer partners, career services teams must keep in mind that career centers are not staffing agencies and student needs must come first.
TAMU-CT is building employer engagement opportunities in partnership with faculty that are “a little less virtual,” but better meet the needs of its unique student population.
Reverse career fairs and reverse networking events can offer tremendous benefits, especially when held at small scale with specific program areas.
Career work is transformational, not transactional. If an institution clings to the severely outdated myth that universities should " place" students through their career centers, student learning, as well as critical connections with stakeholders, can be lost.
A collection of syllabi for career development and career exploration classes.
As students prepare their resumes and practice interviews for internships and postgraduation employment, it is important to remember that failures can be as important as successes.
April is National Volunteer Month and a great time to reflect on all the positive benefits one can receive through volunteering.
Getting involved in a NACE Affinity Group can be a great opportunity to connect with peers and gain valuable insights.
People may try to rationalize why they “can’t,” but NACE volunteers share their experiences and explain why everyone “can."
Auburn University’s high knowledge rates on its recent first-destination surveys is driven by the survey being part of a course all students are required to take.
A workshop at Notre Dame allows students to experience interviews from the perspective of both the interviewer and the interviewee, giving them valuable insight into the process.
When it comes to volunteering, sometimes the opportunity can come unexpectedly, but accepting the offer can be fulfilling both professionally and personally
Identify faculty partners willing to work collaboratively with the career services office in a partnership to promote student success, including reaching their personal, academic, and professional goals.