• Coaching/Counseling

  • To Come Out or Not to Come Out

    When should a student “come out?” Career services professionals should be aware of the issues and risks LGBTQ students face, including when these students are considering the decision to come out during the job-search process.

    Coaching the Coach: Becoming a Leader in Your Career

    How many career counseling professionals have taken the time to deeply examine their own career paths—where we are now and where we are going? How many of us have taken a potentially valuable idea or goal (“I’d like to publish an article”) and mapped out the necessary steps, including finding the time to do it?

    Teaching the Skills Students Need to Be Employable

    The career center at Bridgewater State University has made teaching students the skills that employers value in their employees the foundation of its programming.

    Tips for Meeting the Needs of Student Veterans

    Military veterans can face several obstacles when they try to enter or reenter the U.S. work force. Student veterans typically don’t have a frame of reference as to the types of jobs that match the skills they developed in the military. They also tend to have difficulty describing their skills to employers.

    Providing Internship Guidance to Nontraditional Students

    Use the following tips to assist nontraditional students with their internship searches.

    Key Elements of Successful Career Coaching

    Career coaching is a great way to get a student to focus on the goal at hand and work together toward meeting the end goal.

    Helping Students Navigate Religious Observance in the Workplace

    When it comes to the religious observance in the workplace, there are several recommendations you can make to your students to ease any uncertainty about or misunderstanding of their religious-based needs.

    Assisting Employers, Students With Disabilities Amid Changes to Section 503

    The short- and long-term impacts of the changes to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 on higher education, and on students and graduates with disabilities are significant. The most immediate impact on higher education is that more employers will come to campus seeking a fully diverse slate of candidates, including those with disabilities. For career services, this is an opportunity to become highly proactive, both internally and externally.

    Changes to Section 503: Impact on Higher Education and Opportunities for College Students and Recent Graduates With Disabilities

    Changes to Section 503 will encourage employers to be more inclusive and increase the hiring of people with disabilities. Career services should know how these changes will affect their students during the job-search process in order to advise them effectively.

    Program Supports First-Generation Students Through College, Into Their Careers

    After extensively researching the characteristics, needs, and retention factors associated with first-generation (G1) college students, Merrimack College’s O’Brien Center for Student Success planned and executed a support initiative called Generation Merr1mack that aligns with the college’s strategic plan.

    Building Effective Relationships With the Students You Serve

    To establish successful relationships, the earliest conversations should center on what your prospective partner wants and how you can help this partner achieve his or her goals. When it comes to the current generation of college students, these goals are more about purpose than pay.

    Tips to Offer Students Preparing for Video Interviews

    Now that video technology is no longer location specific, video interviewing is a convenient and cost-effective alternative to the traditional in-person interview. However, there are format-specific elements interviewees need to understand and consider as they prepare for a video interview.

    The Chicken and the Egg: How Maslow’s Theory Can Contribute to Career Planning

    How can career services professionals link the abstract ideas of values and mission to concrete opportunities in the economy? Building on the work of Abraham Maslow, examine the concept of career choices from the angles of motivation and needs.

    The Implications for Career Services of OFCCP’s Changes to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act

    New changes to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 have implications for the hiring and employment of people with disabilities. Section 503 Regulations now require a nationwide aspirational goal of the work force to have 7 percent representation of qualified individuals with disabilities (current employees, applicants, and new hires).

    Assessing the Readiness to Reveal: Resume Writing Strategies for LGBTQ Students

    Well-informed career services practitioners should challenge LGBTQ students to consider how far they are willing to go to get the perfect job. Counselors can help students identify how integrated their personal and professional identities are, and how coming out—or not—could influence their workplace experience.

    Championing the 21st Century Resume

    It might be time for career professionals to help students craft a new style of resume that includes creative and technological concepts.

    Appreciative Career Coaching: A Practical and Positive Approach for College Students


    Appreciative inquiry is a positive, solution-focused approach to problem solving and is sometimes labeled appreciative coaching, appreciative advising, and appreciative living. These labels tend to reflect the population served: Appreciative inquiry focuses primarily on organizations, while the other terms apply more to work with individuals.


    Seven Ways to Assist Students With Disabilities


    Meeting the job search needs of the more than 1.4 million students with disabilities attending U.S. colleges and universities.


    Four Tips for Video Interview Preparation

    There are format-specific elements interviewees need to understand and consider as they prepare for a video interview. Following are some recommendations for students to follow in preparation for video interviews.

    Tech Talk: Sprint Sessions Help Students Work During the Busiest Times

    Tips for helping students who would like to do career exploration and career planning in short bursts.

    Career Counseling and Hiring Student Veterans


    Student veterans often have the skills that are highly sought after in the civilian work force, along with valuable leadership experience. They have transferable skills, such as managing and leading teams, and supervising and motivating people. The average 22-year-old out of the military has far more experience than an average 22-year-old college student. Find out how professionals help student veterans translate their military work into civilian terms and obtain jobs in the civilian work force.


    Career Advising Students With Asperger's Syndrome


    In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of college and university students disclosing a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome. Several assumptions have been made as to why there is an increase, most of which revolve around greater access to resources, improved diagnostics, and an overall higher prevalence of Asperger's in the general population.


    Giving Job Seekers the Entrepreneurial Edge

    Students who take an entrepreneurial approach to their job searches are better equipped to navigate through today’s shifting job market.

    Quick Tips for Assisting International Students

    The challenges for career services include meeting the needs of an increasing number of highly motivated international students who either want to work in United States after graduation or gain U.S. working experience to take back to their countries,” explains Gillian Steele, managing director of the career center at DePaul University.

    Navigating Transition: A New Approach to Internship Advising

    The findings of this research provide career professionals with a new way of looking at how students first experience workplaces and adapt to new learning environments, and offer a view of the transitions students experience.