The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst prepares students to positively impact our society through rigorous academic, experiential learning, and real-world work experiences.
The power of the UMass SBS education has long been rooted in a holistic approach that brings together academics, experiences, and career development. To ensure the integration of these three key components of the SBS experience, the College developed the Pathways Center - a central student success program through which students are supported holistically, ultimately assisting in the development of key competencies for college and beyond.
As more and more of the tools, resources, and opportunities utilized by students and their advisors in the Pathways Center moved online - and it became clear that students wanted to be able to easily access support from anywhere at anytime - the Pathways team realized it was time to build a comprehensive digital presence for the Pathways Center. To help them build such an online space, SBS partnered with uConnect, makers of the first and only virtual career center.
“At the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, we believe firmly that a complete education must combine high-impact experiences outside the classroom with world-class academic instruction. Ensuring that every one of our students has those experiences requires extensive collaboration between the academic, experiential learning, and career development arms of our College,” says Carol Sharick, Director of Career & Professional Development for Undergraduates. “The new online home for the Pathways Center not only makes the resources and support we offer even more accessible and visible to our students, it also streamlines our ability to collaborate across teams and paint a complete picture of all that we offer”
On the new Pathways Center platform, the full wealth of academic, experiential learning, and career development resources are gathered into one highly accessible and user-friendly online space. All of this content is carefully curated into ‘Communities’ - digital spaces where users can explore resources and opportunities related to a particular topic or interest. For example, visitors to the ‘Law / Legal Services’ Community will find events, news and advice, job and experiential learning opportunities, student success stories, resources, videos, and more all related to the Law and Legal Services field.
Much of the content within the Communities is automatically brought into the Pathways Center platform via technical integrations with tools such as Handshake for jobs and events, and CandidCareer for videos. News and advice from publications such as The Muse and Idealist Careers is also automatically pulled into Communities. This setup ensures that the platform is constantly updating with fresh and relevant content for users to explore.
Another exciting feature of the new Pathways Center platform is dynamic and filterable outcomes data, which allows users to easily explore data on what recent graduates of SBS are up to - the companies they work for, how many pursued further education, where they live, and more.
The Pathways Center platform greatly benefits current students, and helps streamline collaboration between academic, career, and experiential learning teams. Prospective students and employers, however, will also find immense value in the new platform. The open-access nature of the platform allows prospective students to explore and discover the wealth of holistic academic, experiential learning, and career development support they will gain access to should they choose to enroll at SBS. Employers hoping to recruit SBS graduates can receive heightened visibility among students on the platform, and can easily find all of the information they need about recruiting events and posting jobs, all in one place within the ‘Employers’ Community.
“All too often academics, experiential learning, and career development are siloed, diminishing the efficacy of the college experience for students, and creating redundancies within the institution,” says David Kozhuk, Founder and CEO of uConnect. “We commend the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’s commitment to holistic, integrated support for their students, and are so proud to be supporting their work making this support highly accessible for all students.”
To visit the new virtual career center, go to https://sbspathways.umass.edu/.
And if you'd like to learn how uConnect can help your institution launch a virtual career center, enter your email address below and a member of our team will get in touch!