April 02, 2018 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: best practices, operations, spotlight
Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
When a career services assistant director asked for help in starting a peer adviser program, several NACE Community members stepped up with information about their programs.
A career services assistant director who recently started a peer advising program recommended a recent NACE Journal article, The Career Studio: Flipping the Career Center, as the starting point for her program.
A career director, who uses an identity-based approach that focuses on the student, offered a list of information about her program:
In addition, the university requires students perform some type of service. Last spring, for example, the group conducted a resume workshop at a home for those who have aged out of the foster care system. Next fall, the group plans to work with a community partner that provides career resources to assist individuals out of homelessness.
Another career services professional, whose university began a peer advising program several years ago, uses peer advisers to do most of the academic advising, including graduation checks, grad approval, class planning, and course substitutions.
Peer advisers are trained on career center policies and rules, with a focus on helping the student advisers build and practice competencies in project management, communication, data analysis, effective teamwork, working with diverse individuals, networking, and establishing expectations. All peer advising training is ongoing.
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Percent of staff time spent student-facing
Median number of students to professional staff member
Median square footage of the career center
Percent of career centers with employer partnership programs
Percent frequently discussing career readiness competencies with faculty
2018-19 Career Services Benchmark Survey