Michigan State University Career Services Network has built an innovative approach to supporting the career development of their students through a seamless connection of career service professionals located in college-based and centralized career centers across campus. Collectively, the Network supports all 50,000+ MSU students. Regardless of which of the 200 distinct academic programs a student is enrolled in at Michigan State, career development is a vital part of the student experience, so being able to scale to support a student body this size is critical.
To help scale the support they offer, the MSU Career Services Network recently launched their Career Tools platform, powered by uConnect. On the platform, students can engage in a self-guided search and discovery of the resources and opportunities relevant to them by selecting filters for their interests and identities. This greatly simplifies the way students can find and access career-related information. The consolidation and organization of resources is helpful for faculty and staff as well, streamlining their ability to direct students to the right support or opportunity at the right time.
“The mission of the MSU Career Services Network is to engage students in the pursuit of purpose,” says Kristi Coleman, Associate Director of the Career Services Network. “In order for a student to begin that journey, however, they must have a foundational understanding of what opportunities and pathways are out there. Our uConnect platform is not only a great starting point for students to see the full range of opportunity, but it also enables them to filter based on their interests. And as they progress along the journey, students come back to the platform to easily find the tools that will help them as they transition into the workforce with purpose.”