October 05, 2020 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: technology, best practices, operations, trends and predictions, spotlight, coronavirus
Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, career centers have dramatically increased their ability to serve students online, according to the forthcoming NACE Report: COVID-19 Quick Poll Series.
Besides career assessments which were only modestly offered online before COVID-19, services that were not typically offered online now are available online. For example, nearly 45% of respondents are offering both career assessments and group workshops exclusively online this fall. (See Figure 1.)
In addition, both individual and drop-in counseling sessions were offered exclusively online by fewer than 3% of respondents pre-COVID. In fall 2020, 29.9% of respondents are offering individual counseling sessions and 34.2% are offering drop-in counseling sessions exclusively online.
Career centers’ collective ability to adapt their service provision during a crisis could be beneficial post-COVID as well. If and when career centers return to more normal operations, they will now have increased capacity to serve students online if they choose to do so.
NACE conducted a series of monthly coronavirus quick polls—from March through June 2020—to assess the impact on and response from colleges and employers in our field. The four quick polls addressed a variety of topics, including office closures, travel restrictions, internships, plans for fall recruiting, on-campus activities, changes in budgets and staffing, revoked offers, delayed start dates, virtual onboarding, and changes in service provision. NACE Report: COVID-19 Quick Poll Series will be available later this month. Full results of NACE’s Coronavirus Quick Polls are available at www.naceweb.org/talent-acquisition/trends-and-predictions/coronavirus-quick-poll-preliminary-results/.
Figure 1: Changes to services offered pre-COVID-19 to fall 2020, overall
Percent of staff time spent student-facing
Median number of students per professional staff member
Median number of FTE professional staff
Median number of FTE overall staff
Percent of career centers reporting cuts to personnel budget
Percent of career centers reporting cuts to non-personnel budget
Percent of career centers using third-party provider to collect student outcomes
2020-21 Career Services Benchmark Survey Report