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Streamlining Workflow with Nichols College

by Hannah Chouinard

In January of 2016, Nichols launched with uConnect with the full ability to segment students based on their interests, and to provide them with resources as their interests change throughout their undergraduate life. 
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Topics: Client Showcase, Promoting Career Services

5 Things to Do While You're in Portland for UPCEA New England

by Hannah Chouinard

Headed to Portland for the upcoming UPCEA 2017 New England Regional Conference? Great! While you're in town, why not make the most of your time and see a bit more of the unique appeal this fair city has to offer? After all, there's hardly a 'Best' list without Portland on it these days. Here are five ideas of things to do in Portland while you're visiting...

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Topics: Fun, Conferences

Building Awareness and Boosting Student Engagement with Bentley University Career Services

by Hannah Chouinard

In the spring of 2013, uConnect began working with Bentley University Career Services to create a tailored solution to drive more awareness and student engagement with their unique career resources.
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Topics: Client Showcase, Promoting Career Services

#ICYMI Event Recap: Deeper Connections between Academic Advising and Career Services with the Career Leadership Collective

by David Kozhuk

We recently took part in Career Leadership Collective's online accelerator session, Deeper Connections between Academic Advising and Career Services, which explored why and how schools are attempting to bridge the important gap between, you guessed it, academic advising and career services departments. For those interested in the topic but unable to attend the accelerator, we've summed up our takeaways below:  

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Topics: Future of Career Services, Industry Insight

Measuring Student Engagement with Career Resources [A Free Resource for Career Center Strategic Planning Inside]

by Ed McDonald

Remember that old saying about the tree falling, how does it go? Oh right, if a tree falls in the forest, and there’s nobody around to hear, does it make a sound?

As is the case in almost any industry, your work is only as good as your ability to communicate it effectively. Your career services team, and your institution as a whole, work hard to curate specialized resources, services, and opportunities to support students. Your good intentions aside, often times engagement with these resources is unpredictable at best - or disappointingly low at worst. Not only is the hard work of your staff and admins being overlooked, there’s lots of research that points to a correlation between engagement and general persistence. Very simply, when a student doesn’t engage, they are less likely to be retained. 

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Topics: Student Engagement, Future of Career Services

UPDATED: 5 Reasons for Academic and Career Advising Collaboration

by Hannah Chouinard

NOTE: THIS BLOG REFERS TO A CAREER LEADERSHIP COLLECTIVE EVENT THAT TOOK PLACE ON SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017

In advance of the first of a three-part online series put on by our friends over at the Career Leadership Collective on connecting career services to other campus departments, we're exploring the 'why' around foundational collaboration between academic and career advising departments. 

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Topics: Future of Career Services

Engaging Students Earlier in their Journey

by Hannah Chouinard

Engagement with Career Services can have enormous impact on the student experience. The frequent perception of incoming students is that career resources and programming is more geared toward students ready for the job search, not starting life as a newly minted college student. As career educators, you know how monumental the influence of career programming and resources can be - especially when it happens early in the college journey - and yet transactional activities like interview prep, resume review, and preparing actual applications can seem irrelevant, and even anxiety provoking, for students who don’t yet identify as 'career ready.'  

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Topics: Student Engagement, Career Readiness

Exploring the Success of Student Led Career Services at BYU Marriott School

by Hannah Chouinard

Almost nothing makes us cheer more loudly than career services scaling their impact on student success.  Check out this piece written by our friend Braden Lanham at BYU on how the Marriott School of Business has achieved 90% (!!!) placement employing a student-led service delivery model under the guidance of Career Center Director Mike Roberts and Director of Operations Melinda Maughan.

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Topics: News & Updates, Student Engagement

A Conversation on Education Technology at SNHU's Sandbox ColLABorative

by Hannah Chouinard

Last week, uConnect founder David Kozhuk was asked to take part in a panel on education technology at Southern New Hampshire University's (SNHU) Sandbox ColLABorative. The panel brought together regional entrepreneurs and thoughtleaders working to impact how students, educators, and administrators utilize technology to improve outcomes. 

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Topics: News & Updates

Thinktanking Career Services with @JeremyPodany and the Career Leadership Collective

by Hannah Chouinard

Late last week, we had the opportunity to attend the Career Leadership Collective's Boston Think Tank, a meeting-of-the-minds focused on 'intentionally scaling' career services. When Jeremy Podany, former Executive Director of Career and Corporate Services at Colorado State University, and also the Founder and CEO of the Collective asked us to take part, we immediately answered with a resounding 'Yes please!' For us, there's almost nothing better than spending the day with a tremendous group of thought leaders who work in Career Services - except maybe if it also includes lunch...

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Topics: Future of Career Services, Industry Insight