Engagement with Career Services can have enormous impact on the student experience. The frequent perception of incoming students is that career resources and programming is more geared toward students ready for the job search, not starting life as a newly minted college student. As career educators, you know how monumental the influence of career programming and resources can be - especially when it happens early in the college journey - and yet transactional activities like interview prep, resume review, and preparing actual applications can seem irrelevant, and even anxiety provoking, for students who don’t yet identify as 'career ready.'
Our lives are becoming increasingly intertwined with the internet. We use it at work, we use it at home, and, thanks to smart phones and tablets, we use it on the go. What’s left behind is a mound of unorganized information. It’s no surprise then that innovative companies everywhere have begun to organize this data and put it to good use.
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.
As you probably already know, job listings and recruiters are going online. More generally, the whole employment experience is transitioning to the web. Part of this shift is that professional social media sites have begun to replace static application materials; the omnipotent paper resume of years past is dying.
This past week David and I took a call from a group of budding entrepreneurs at the University of New Hampshire. After attending the local TechOut competition in Manchester, the professor of their entrepreneurship class gave them an assignment: critique uConnect’s business.
They called around midday, just after lunch. Perfect timing. We introduced ourselves and dove headfirst into a discussion of career services. David led off with a couple of questions: have you ever used the career center? If so, in what way? And how does the career center engage with students on campus?
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?
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.