• Coaching/Counseling

  • The Job Search and Better Practices for Advising DACAmented Students: A Resource for Career Services and University Recruiting Professionals


    Authors Claire Klieger and Brian Guerrero offer information about working with students whose legal status affects their job and internship prospects.


    Reinforce Value When Helping Liberal Arts Majors Articulate Their Skills to Employers


    While the liberal arts equip students with many of the skills employers seek in new hires, these graduates often have trouble articulating how their skills and experiences will transfer to the workplace.


    Embedding Development in On-Campus Jobs: Make Sure Students, Supervisors Benefit

    Through its Career Checkpoint program, the career center at Ryerson University is using on-campus jobs to enhance students’ career readiness and better prepare them for the professional work force.

    Career Development Models for the 21st Century


    A career development model helps us to better answer the question of how people come to select or acquire a career. Four models—narrative theory, career construction and life design theory, chaos theory, and planned happenstance and happenstance learning theory—are among those models that address 21st century issues. 


    Implementing a New Career Development Theory: A Case Study


    The authors discuss the steps to selecting and implementing a new career development model. In this case, the new model was the Chaos Theory of Careers (CTC). This article is the companion to “Career Development Models for the 21st Century.”


    Using Improv Comedy Skills to Handle Difficult Job-Search Situations

    Jake Livengood, assistant director of graduate student career services at MIT Global Education & Career Development, leads a highly interactive and impactful improv comedy workshop that helps students confidently handle the unexpected that may come up during job search or graduate school interviews.

    Addressing the Career Readiness of Nontraditional Students

    When it comes to the career readiness of nontraditional students, there are several challenges career services offices face, and considerations and steps they can take to overcome these obstacles.

    Major in Happiness: Debunking the College Major Fallacies

    The major is often viewed as the stepping-stone for a career that can repay loans instead of as the first step to a meaningful life based on leadership, purpose, and services.

    OP-ED: Let’s Prepare Graduate Students for Reality

    We are preparing graduate students for jobs that don’t exist—or for positions that only a few of them will ever compete for, let alone get. What might we do to help all of our graduate students, not just the few who will work at research universities?

    OP-ED: Transforming Lives Through Education?

    What does it mean to transform someone’s life? How exactly are institutions of higher learning delivering on this promise? Career services offices can and must play a vital role in helping students undergo transformation by helping them to think beyond the classroom to process and own what they have learned.

    Providing Career Services to Student-Athletes Requires Jumping Hurdles

    There are strategies career services offices can employ to help student-athletes clear hurdles like time and location while meeting their job-search needs.

    Promoting Critical Thinking in Students: A Career Center’s Strategy

    Career centers can play a key role in ensuring students translate their higher education experiences into those skills sought by employing organizations. Here’s how Florida State University is helping students recognize and express their critical thinking skills.

    Three Technology “Musts” for Student Job-Seekers

    Steve Dalton, program director of daytime career services at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, points to three technologies he feels are “musts” for students in the modern job search: Indeed, LinkedIn, and an electronic calendar. To be successful, students need to know what job-search tools and tactics to use, and how best to use them.

    The Veteran’s Guide to Developing a Resume


    The single biggest mistake I see service members make when creating resumes is that they dump everything they have ever done in the military into one document and use that document as a resume to apply for all types of jobs.


    Tips for Helping Students Create an Effective Career ePortfolio

    One way for students to create a favorable online presence is through an ePortfolio.

    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.

    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.

    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.


    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.