July 15, 2019 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: best practices, branding and marketing, spotlight, career development
Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
What do you call your career center? NACE career services members recently had a discussion in the NACE Community about renaming the school’s career center to “align our name with substantial shifts in our service model and strategic plan.”
Participants said that the name should reflect the services the department offers to students while also helping students identify the office as a career development and job-search resource.
According to NACE’s 2018 Career Services Benchmark Survey report, “career services” continues to be the most popular title—reported by nearly 45 percent of respondents, followed by “career center” (26 percent), and “career development” (27 percent). The “other” category (24 percent) was comprised of “professional development,” “advising,” “career education,” and “career management,” suggesting an effort to describe the actual services students and other clients may use: development, advising, education, and management.
Among the new names noted by career services practitioners were:
The process of name changes, commenters said, includes several considerations including:
What is your career center called? If your department is considering a name change, join the discussion in the NACE Community.
Median number of professional career services staff
Percent of career centers housed in student affairs division
Median square footage of career center
Percent of career centers offering for-credit career classes
Percent of career centers conducting first-destination surveys
2017-18 Career Services Benchmark Survey