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...
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:
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.
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.
Topics: Future of Career Services
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.'
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.
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.
Topics: News & Updates
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...