Career Services: The Students Perspective

Career Services: The Students Perspective

Career Services

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While colleges and universities may be realigning their traditional Career Services offerings to better prepare students for life after graduation, it may be helpful to look at what students should see — and value — when promoting professional development and workforce preparation services offered by these offices. Writing for Forbes, Reyna Gobel, a freelance education reporter, looks at five reasons why Career Services is the most important office on campus.

Gobel details internships and job listings, career guidance, seminars on resumes and interview skills, entry-level salary calculations and mentorship opportunities from alumni as vital to student success, and services that can be promoted to students. For details on Gobel’s observations, visit http://tinyurl.com/mk2za7j.

In an article on “Capturing ‘Passive Students’ Who Don’t Visit the Career Center,” Dr. John Sullivan, an HR thought leader and professor of Management at San Francisco State University, describes how your current approach may be missing top talent. Dr. Sullivan identifies six groups of highly desirable students who may be missed by the traditional career center model and offers advice on how to include them. These groups include “going-to-grad-school” students who are not active job seekers, entrepreneurs, night students with jobs or job experience, international students, online and remote students, and underclass students who are not “active” or eligible for career-center interviews.

Dr. Sullivan observes that since the student population is no longer homogeneous, a significant portion of students may miss out on the traditional career center approach. His article offers advice on including them. Read more.

This article originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of College Planning & Management.

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