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Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies Builds Community For Diverse Student Populations With An Accessible Virtual Career Center

Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS), a leading graduate school within the New York City-based Ivy League institution, has now launched their virtual career center - bringing career development to the forefront for their community.

The School of Professional Studies’ new Career Design Lab website will support all students, whether that be in person or virtually. To create the highly engaging and user-friendly platform, Columbia partnered with uConnect, the creators of the first all-in-one virtual career center. Wherever students are throughout the world, they now have access to the virtual career center at all times.

Students of Columbia SPS have always had a wealth of career support available to them; however, it wasn’t always easy for every student to access these resources, especially those off campus. The new Career Design Lab website enables all students to find support from the moment they first consider SPS as prospective students to after they’ve graduated as alumni. The reach of this new platform will also extend to employers who are now able to centrally locate critical resources for promoting opportunities and sourcing Columbia talent.

Executive Director of the Career Design Lab, Kelly Ahn, shared that, “Ensuring career development access for all members of our community was of critical importance to the Columbia team. Our new Career Design Lab platform can support all members of the Columbia SPS community while uniting the large portfolio of academic programs. We are thrilled to have created a space where all can find the professional development resources, mentors, and data needed to excel in their career paths.” 

 

Columbia SPS PlatformThe new platform is centered around interactive and dynamic online spaces that are each focused on one topic and that are continuously refreshed with new tailored content. This platform experience allows the Career Design Lab to respond to users’ needs with relevant resources and to grow alongside users’ interests. For instance, there are dedicated spaces for industries,’ such as ‘Finance and Insurance’ and' Environmental Services,’ that align with potential career pathways for students and alumni. The Career Design Lab website also features DEI community pages that visitors can self-select into, such as  ‘People of Color’ or ‘Veterans,’ as well as ‘International’ students or ‘LGBTQ+.’

Users of the Career Design Lab website will find that there is always new information being added. Featured events and available job opportunities from a wide-range of prestigious employers feed into the platform through uConnect’s integration with 12Twenty, bringing a stream of new options for students each day. The Career Design Lab website also features imported Vault Industry Guides to provide valuable career and industry resources. Impactful, career-focused blog content from trusted content providers, such as Wayup and Idealist, is also available on the platform through uConnect’s blog library. 

From within the virtual career center, concise and curated automated alerts are sent to the Columbia SPS community at large, sending out jobs, events, resources and more directly to a user’s inbox. These highly-individualized communications, based on preferences that can be set by each user, engage the Columbia SPS community with content dedicated to their unique aspirations and professional goals.

Recognizing the high-value of users having insight into the professional journeys and career paths of SPS graduates, Columbia has also included ‘Graduate Outcomes’ on the platform, powered by uConnect’s Outcome Data Visualization tool. The tool features aggregate data for employers, job locations, salaries and more.

With the open-access nature of the platform, professional development is now accessible to all members of the Columbia community and will remain an integral part of the student journey. David Kozhuk, CEO and founder of uConnect included that, “The Columbia team created a virtual career center that provides resources and opportunities for all members of their community, with the perspective of their student body always at the forefront. We admire their great attention to curating an exploratory and impactful experience for their users, and we are proud to be their partners in bringing meaning to professional development for all.”

To learn more about Columbia University - School of Professional Studies’ Career Design Lab, click here.

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