Career Services Excellence Award: Early Engagement, Career Transition, & Beyond

  • Career Level: Basic-, intermediate-, and advanced-level career services and university relations and recruiting professionals
  • Competency: Outcome-oriented programming
  • Fee: FREE (member); $89 (nonmember);

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  • Summary

    The Career Services Excellence Award is presented to two large schools for excellence in career services best practices. This year’s awards were presented to Victoria DiMonica, New York University, and Allison McWilliams, Wake Forest University.

    Join Victoria DiMonica, New York University, for the first portion of the presentation, to learn how embedding skill development, in a first-year wellness course, and early engagement, are two top priorities of the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development. Since common first-year experiences for NYU students are rare, the Center merged a mandatory first-year wellness course, known as RADical Health, with an optional Career Accelerator certificate. This approach exposed students to a wide array of resources and allowed them to complete weekly career assignments, thus leading to greater equity in access to career networks and support systems.

    Join Allison McWilliams, Wake Forest University, for the second portion of the presentation, to learn how providing ongoing support, guidance, and resources for alumni, while extending a wide array of personal and career development resources, can be critical to one’s college experience throughout an individual’s lifetime. In 2017, Wake Forest’s University’s Office of Personal & Career Development created the Alumni Personal & Career Development Center to help meet the demand in 21st century careers. "Your First Five" was developed to support the college student to career transition and beyond!

    Following this program, you will be able to:

    • Understand the NACE award nomination process and procedures;
    • Identify inclusive and equitable leading practices and strategies for collaborations that support students’ early engagement, skill development, career exploration, and life beyond graduation; and
    • Discuss and share ideas and leading practices and collaborate on a wide array of resources.


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