Oregon State University Ecampus, a leader in online education, has just launched a virtual career center for their 10,000+ current students and thousands of alumni.
Oregon State Ecampus provides access to exceptional learning experiences that transform the lives of students in Oregon and around the world. OSU Ecampus delivers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs and over 1,500 classes online and in a hybrid format.
Oregon State’s Ecampus students have always had access to career resources and support through Oregon State’s Career Development Center on the Corvallis campus. The majority of Ecampus students, however, are working adults returning to education after time in the workforce, military, or raising families; with different needs than on-campus students. Additionally, with students located in all 50 states and over 50 countries, Ecampus students needed fully-online access to comprehensive career services – available anytime, anywhere.
In 2020, OSU Ecampus partnered with uConnect, makers of the first all-in-one virtual career center. Together, they built the Ecampus Career Hub, online career services built with Ecampus students in mind.
On the new virtual career center platform, career resources, opportunities, events, and information are brought from all over Oregon State and beyond into one user-friendly and highly accessible online space. Now, students and their advisors do not need to search across different websites, portals, and offices for the right information. All things career-focused are now located in one place. With a university full of possibility and support options, students can use the Hub to find it all in one place.
“Getting support with exploration and engagement for decision making is critical to our online learners’ persistence and motivations for getting a degree,” says Kyle Whitehouse, Assistant Director of Student Services at OSU Ecampus. “Our new virtual career center empowers students with information that they need, wherever they may be or whenever they may want it. We’re putting the tools in their hands that allow for informed decision making and action taking, and that has an immense impact on the success of our students.”
News, advice, resources, labor market data, job opportunities, professional organizations, career videos, and more are not only aggregated in the new virtual career center, they are also carefully curated into “communities” – online spaces dedicated to a particular career path, such as Health and Wellness; career development action such as Build a Cover Letter; or identity affiliations such as First Generation. The communities make it incredibly easy for students to find the resources and opportunities specifically related to their unique interests and affinities, without needing to wade through irrelevant information.
Much of the content on the virtual career center is pulled directly in from external sources, including from Handshake for jobs, events, and employers; Emsi for live and filterable labor market data; and content providers such as The Muse and WayUp for news and advice.
The open-access nature of the virtual career center makes it a significant asset in recruitment; prospective students can visit the virtual center to explore the wealth of career development activity that would become available to them if they choose to enroll. Additionally, Ecampus alumni are invited to leverage the virtual career center long after they graduate, to find support in making career shifts or to engage with the Ecampus network. Now, Ecampus students and graduates across the globe will have access to information about events in their area or online through the OSU Alumni Association – forming connections at the click of a button.
“The OSU Ecampus team is doing something that all institutions serving online and adult learners must do – delivering career services to these students that are tailored, relevant, and 100% available online,” says David Kozhuk, Founder and CEO of uConnect. “We are very proud to be supporting the work of a team leading the charge on this front.”
To explore Ecampus Career Hub, visit https://careers.ecampus.oregonstate.edu/
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