Pers Dev Series: Reflective Conversations

  • Career Level: Basic-, intermediate-, and advanced-level
  • Competency: Relationship development and management
  • Fee: FREE (member); FREE (nonmember);
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  • Summary

    Join Elizabeth Wormsbecker and Renee Houston, University of Puget Sound, winner of the NACE 2019 Career Services Excellence Award in the small schools category, to explore how student and staff development is supported by engagement in a series of structured, reflective conversations over the course of a student’s employment. A program of reflective conversations between students and their supervisors can be simple and flexible enough to integrate within a variety of work environments (including suddenly remote environments caused by the current global health crisis).

    These conversations have a strong impact on students’ ability to connect academic learning to employment and build on key skills such as problem-solving and culturally aware communication. Beyond supporting student development, these conversations encourage students to recognize the importance of their contributions and increase their level of engagement and commitment.

    Following this program, you will be able to:

    • Recognize the value of student employment as an opportunity to support students’ career exploration and development via reflection.
    • Advocate for how a program of reflective conversations that can shift the narrative such that on-campus jobs are viewed as valuable, high-impact experiences that promote equity for students who may not otherwise have the same access to career-based opportunities; and
    • Explore actionable steps to offer training to supervisors on mentorship, relationship-building, and student development.


Visit the professional development FAQ page, or contact the NACE Education & Events Team via e-mail or phone, 610.625.1026.