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#ICYMI Event Recap: Deeper Connections between Academic Advising and Career Services with the Career Leadership Collective

by David Kozhuk

We recently took part in Career Leadership Collective's online accelerator session, Deeper Connections between Academic Advising and Career Services, which explored why and how schools are attempting to bridge the important gap between, you guessed it, academic advising and career services departments. For those interested in the topic but unable to attend the accelerator, we've summed up our takeaways below:  

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Topics: Future of Career Services, Industry Insight

Measuring Student Engagement with Career Resources [A Free Resource for Career Center Strategic Planning Inside]

by Ed McDonald

Remember that old saying about the tree falling, how does it go? Oh right, if a tree falls in the forest, and there’s nobody around to hear, does it make a sound?

As is the case in almost any industry, your work is only as good as your ability to communicate it effectively. Your career services team, and your institution as a whole, work hard to curate specialized resources, services, and opportunities to support students. Your good intentions aside, often times engagement with these resources is unpredictable at best - or disappointingly low at worst. Not only is the hard work of your staff and admins being overlooked, there’s lots of research that points to a correlation between engagement and general persistence. Very simply, when a student doesn’t engage, they are less likely to be retained. 

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Topics: Student Engagement, Future of Career Services

UPDATED: Career Services Best Practices: 5 Reasons for Advising Collaboration

by Hannah Chouinard

NOTE: THIS BLOG REFERS TO A CAREER LEADERSHIP COLLECTIVE EVENT THAT TOOK PLACE ON SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017

In advance of the first of a three-part online series put on by our friends over at the Career Leadership Collective on connecting career services to other campus departments, we're exploring the 'why' around foundational collaboration between academic and career advising departments. 

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Topics: Future of Career Services

Thinktanking Career Services with @JeremyPodany and the Career Leadership Collective

by Hannah Chouinard

Late last week, we had the opportunity to attend the Career Leadership Collective's Boston Think Tank, a meeting-of-the-minds focused on 'intentionally scaling' career services. When Jeremy Podany, former Executive Director of Career and Corporate Services at Colorado State University, and also the Founder and CEO of the Collective asked us to take part, we immediately answered with a resounding 'Yes please!' For us, there's almost nothing better than spending the day with a tremendous group of thought leaders who work in Career Services - except maybe if it also includes lunch...

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Topics: Future of Career Services, Industry Insight

The Career Center Redefined: How uConnect Cofounder David Kozhuk is Helping Students Find Their Calling Sooner

by David Kozhuk

A version of this interview originally appeared on Ideometry. Special thanks to Camden Gaspar.

Fintech, foodtech, martech — there’s no lack of shorthand names for the booming tech sectors that are upending the inefficiencies in almost every industry imaginable. Yet, there’s one that has been somewhat overlooked so far: edtech.

Not for long though. The education and learning sector is undergoing some transformational changes, and edtech companies are leading the charge with innovative solutions that are helping schools at all levels better serve their students and run their operations more efficiently. With investments in edtech set to reach $252 billion globally by 2020, it’s clear that the potential of this industry is being recognized in a big way.

In our latest interview series — The Era of Exceptional Edtech— we’ve spoken with some of the most prominent and groundbreaking founders in Boston’s edtech space to learn how they’re helping universities adapt to the rapid technological changes happening today.

To start things off, we interviewed David Kozhuk, cofounder of uConnect. David and his team are working to better connect career services to the rest of the university with the goal of preparing students for the jump to a career as early as possible. Read on to learn how uConnect is doing it.

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Topics: News & Updates, Future of Career Services

uConnect @ NACE 2017: Lessons from Las Vegas

by Ed McDonald

uConnect @ NACE 2017: Las Vegas

We’re still glowing from our incredible time at last week's NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) conference in Las Vegas. A midst the ubiquitous buffets and roulette tables, thousands of attendees from the higher education industry and some of their biggest and best employer partners came together with their ideas and enthusiasm to forge new partnerships while supporting career readiness.

The uConnect team flew in late Monday evening from Boston (after multiple delayed flights) and set up shop in the Paris Casino & Conference Center, with the goal of connecting with, and learning from, some of the most forward-thinking career center professionals and partner vendors in the field.


What we learned…

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Topics: News & Updates, Future of Career Services, Conferences