On September 26th in the sleek new headquarters of Strada Education Network in Indianapolis, a group of big thinkers gathered to talk about the future of career development in higher education.
The shared mission of the group gathered that day is to transform the way career development happens in our postsecondary system, so that every student has equitable access to career resources and services, and is better prepared to achieve launch or advance their career upon graduation.
The traditional system we’ve relied upon for decades isn’t working for today’s students and institutions. Career development can no longer be seen as just another student service, the responsibility of one office that offers resume review and a job board. Instead, career development must be intentionally integrated into every aspect of the student journey, from enrollment to academics, through experiential learning and alumni services. In other words, Career needs to be Everywhere.
At the September 26th event, the first in a series aptly called Career Everywhere, we brainstormed and learned from leaders in higher education who are hard at work building integrated career development approaches on their respective campuses. They’re working with enrollment, information technology, faculty, campus life, alumni relations, presidents and provosts to make career development a richer and more meaningful part of their students’ experiences.
This topic is critical to the future of higher education and needs the attention of leaders everywhere. So on December 2nd, we’re bringing the conversation and momentum we felt in Indianapolis to our next stop -- Boston -- for the second Career Everywhere event. Sessions and activities facilitated by leading changemakers in higher education will highlight best practices for integrating career planning and exploration into admissions, student success, and lifelong learning initiatives.
If you’re a progressive higher education leader in career services, student and academic affairs, enrollment management, continuing education, or alumni relations, you do not want to miss this transformational day.
The event will be hosted on the campus of Bentley University in Waltham, MA from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, December 2nd.
If Boston isn’t convenient for you, we have Career Everywhere events planned for February 2020 in Houston and March 2020 in Los Angeles- more details coming soon!