Almost nothing makes us cheer more loudly than career services scaling their impact on student success. Check out this piece written by our friend Braden Lanham at BYU on how the Marriott School of Business has achieved 90% (!!!) placement employing a student-led service delivery model under the guidance of Career Center Director Mike Roberts and Director of Operations Melinda Maughan.
Last week, uConnect founder David Kozhuk was asked to take part in a panel on education technology at Southern New Hampshire University's (SNHU) Sandbox ColLABorative. The panel brought together regional entrepreneurs and thoughtleaders working to impact how students, educators, and administrators utilize technology to improve outcomes.
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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.
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…
In the Beginning
When asked what inspired me to start uConnect, I usually tell a story about an underutilized career center. While I was an undergrad at UMass Amherst, I frequently visited the career center. So after graduation, when tasked with hiring junior analysts for the private equity firm where I was working, my first instinct was to call the Director of Career Services at my alma mater to coordinate an info session.
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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?