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Starting Early Matters: Career Programming for Underclassmen

by Ben Pauley

Greetings and salutations from England. I’m writing from a little cafe sandwiched between a book store and a hotel on High Street in Oxford. The architecture is stunning, as you might expect, and Harry Potter was filmed just around the corner. Thought you’d want to know.  

Anyway, enough about me. This week I want to discuss the importance of underclassmen involvement in career programming. Recently an article was written by Janet Lorin, a higher education columnist for Bloomberg, on this very topic. The purpose of this blog is to discuss both why and how schools have started moving to this model. 

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Topics: Career Preparation, Promoting Career Services

Mentors & the Future: Preparing Students for a Complex Job Market

by Ben Pauley

Thomas Friedman, one of my favorite opinion writers for the New York Times, recently wrote an op-ed discussing some research done by Gallup. This research points to a number of crucial experiences that aid in a successful transition into the workforce, i.e., students that have these experiences not only get jobs but are engaged and have higher levels of personal well-being.

One of these crucial experiences is having a mentor. Interesting, right? Seems intuitive. But what exactly is it about having a mentor that makes this transition easier for students?

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Topics: Career Preparation, Mentors, Promoting Career Services

Can Career Training Courses Fix Students' Lack of Career Preparation?

by Atul Soni

Recently, there was an Op-Ed article in the New York Times by Ben Carpenter talking about students’ lack preparation as they graduate and face the next step of their professional careers.

There is one particularly alarming statistic provided by AfterCollege83% of college seniors graduated without a job this past spring. We agree with Carpenter that the problem is not the quality of higher education—there is no way those 83% of graduates are unemployable, but rather that there is a gap in the process for those students to find the jobs that match their skill sets. As he identified in his article, what is often missing is “an education in career training.”

 

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Topics: Employment, Career Preparation, Promoting Career Services

McKinsey Study has Implications for Career Services

by Atul Soni

Most people by now have acknowledged the crisis in our higher education system in the United States. The rising cost of education, declining graduation rates relative to other industrialized nations, a massive amount of student debt, and perhaps worst of all: the perception that a college education isn’t really worth what it used to be.

We regularly hear from stakeholders such as public officials, employers, and educators about what can and should be done to address these issues, but rarely are we exposed to a consolidated view from the students themselves. In 2013 McKinsey & Company published a report called Voice of the Graduate which does just that. The report highlights the concerns that many recent graduates share regarding their experience after graduation.

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Topics: McKinsey, Employment, Career Preparation, Promoting Career Services