Once upon a time uConnect held a series of in-person events we called Career Everywhere. At the University of Connecticut campus, then Strada Education Networks’ headquarters, and finally at Bentley University, we gathered together with thought-leaders and big thinkers for three incredible day-long conferences to talk about redesigning higher education to help every student advance their career.
We knew that this topic was deeply important then. What we couldn’t imagine was that a global pandemic would hit the world and, among so many tragedies, at least one clear opportunity would arise for higher education: the chance to accelerate long overdue change to better meet the needs of today’s students.
Now, in our new world, it’s time to gather again - with greater urgency and with a new perspective. This year’s disruption has clearly revealed what many of us knew all along, that career services are more vital to students and institutions than was ever recognized, and that greater investment in our work will influence every aspect of the student journey, from student success to enrollment, retention, alumni relations, lifelong learning, and institutional sustainability as a whole.
Most importantly, modern career services teams are uniquely positioned to have impact far beyond the college campus. 87% of the global workforce struggles to find meaning in their work. With 20 million students enrolled in higher education today, the ability to scale the impact of career services means empowering the next generation to realize their full potential.
It is imperative that we make the most of this immense opportunity, which is why now is the time to come together and share insight, strategies, and inspiration so that the new model of career services we usher in is the most equitable, accessible, and impactful.
At uConnect, we want to facilitate those vital conversations and connections. So on March 3rd, we are bringing back Career Everywhere - virtual - a full-day event with an incredible group of influential thinkers and practitioners in our field. Designed with Liberal Arts institutions in mind but with topics relevant to everyone, our fourth Career Everywhere event is free for all higher education professionals to attend.
We have a truly amazing lineup of speakers joining us to share their expertise on a diversity of topics:
- Brandon Busteed is the President of University Partners and Global Head, Learn-Work Innovation at Kaplan University. Prior to joining Kaplan, Brandon spent nearly 7 years at Gallup. Brandon will be discussing How Career Services will Define the Next Big Boom in Enrollment.
- Dr. Yohuru Williams is Dean and McQuinn Distinguished Chair College of Arts and Sciences at University of St. Thomas, a renowned scholar of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and former chief historian of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Dr. Williams will be discussing Expanding Capacity in Higher Education to Strengthen Diversity, Increase Institutional Sustainability, and Improve Society At Large.
- Dr. Jennifer Griffin Dean of APEX, The College of Wooster’s dynamic hub that helps all students integrate experiential learning, scholarship, and career path planning into their classroom experiences, will joined by Lisa Kastor, Director of Career Planning at Wooster, to share how The College of Wooster integrated their student success and career services offices - the challenges they overcame, the successes they’ve seen, and what's to come. Lisa and Jenni will also share actionable advice for other institutions looking to integrate student support services.
- Rob Sentz serves as the Chief Innovation Officer at Emsi, where he leads in furthering Emsi’s vision and research around labor market data and analytics for higher education, economic development, workforce development, and talent acquisition. Rob will be sharing how career centers, faculty and staff, and parents and families can leverage labor market insights to help students make more informed decisions about academic and career pathways in his session Using Labor Market Data to Provide 360 Support for Students.
- Sarah Seavey implemented customized and highly scalable career services for University of Miami’s 190,000 living alums as Director of Alumni Career Services. In her session Launching Career Services for Alums to Increase Affinity, Engagement and Lifelong Learning, Sarah will share strategies and best practices for implementing scalable career services for alums that contribute to the success of both alumni and the institution as a whole.
- Dr. Daniel Pascoe Aguilar, Associate Provost for Immersive Learning & Career Design at Drew University, has spent two decades in career services leveraging organizational development and systems design thinking to expand equitable access in career services. Daniel will be discussing Creating a Comprehensive Digital Presence to Promote Equitable Access to Meaningful Careers.
- Neilye Garrity is Co-Founder of the popular career advice video provider Candid Careers. She’ll be discussing The Importance of Informational Interviewing.
To ensure that the conference is accessible to all, we felt it important to make Career Everywhere Liberal Arts free for all higher education professionals to attend. However, capacity is limited to 1,000 people, so be sure to reserve your seat today.