• Program Development - Career Services

  • Digital Badging Pilot Based on Career Readiness Competencies

    LaGuardia Community College’s Center for Career and Professional Development is piloting a digital badging program based on NACE's Career Readiness Competencies that will serve as a symbol of success and accomplishment for the students to share with potential employers and include with their transfer applications to four-year colleges/universities.

    OP-ED: Transforming Lives Through Education?

    What does it mean to transform someone’s life? How exactly are institutions of higher learning delivering on this promise? Career services offices can and must play a vital role in helping students undergo transformation by helping them to think beyond the classroom to process and own what they have learned.

    Career Readiness Competencies Are Foundation of Freshman Seminar Activity

    For the fall semester, Millikin University career center director Pam Folger used NACE’s Career Readiness Competencies in an activity for her freshman seminar class to help them be strategic and intentional about their career development.

    Strengths-Based Program Helps Students in Academic Trouble at UNCG

    A strengths-based learning program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro provides students on academic suspension or dismissal improve their grades and helps them leverage their strengths when choosing a career.

    Promoting Critical Thinking in Students: A Career Center’s Strategy

    Career centers can play a key role in ensuring students translate their higher education experiences into those skills sought by employing organizations. Here’s how Florida State University is helping students recognize and express their critical thinking skills.

    A Career MOOC: Development, Implementation, and Assessment for the Future

    Career practitioners at Stevenson built and delivered a massive open online course (MOOC) to share their career exploration and development model with colleagues in the profession, and gained valuable insight into how this platform could help them deliver career content.

    UConn Effort Meets the Unique Needs of Graduate Students

    The University of Connecticut’s Center for Career Development created a new position to focus on providing programming and services for the school’s graduate school students providing one-on-one advising for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and to create and deliver programs and services specifically for these students.

    Employing the Liberal Arts: An Academically Integrated Plan for Career Success

    Is there value in a liberal arts education? Is liberal arts marketable in today’s economy? Seton Hill University incorporates targeted career preparation and employer-sought skills development to ensure its liberal arts graduates are competitive.


    Tapping Into the Professional Expertise of Parents

    To leverage the experience of professionals and their willingness to share information and wisdom with college students, the University of Oregon’s career center has developed the Parent Professional Network.

    Using Creativity to Attract Students to the Career Center

    To attract students, career centers need to effectively market their programs and services. Doing so creatively can help create a powerful buzz among students.

    Pitt’s Internship Guarantee Hinges on Completion of Prep Program

    In 2012, the University of Pittsburgh implemented an “Internship Guarantee” whereby students who complete its Internship Prep Program (IPP) and related requirements are guaranteed an internship or other experiential learning opportunity before graduation.

    Teaching the Skills Students Need to Be Employable

    The career center at Bridgewater State University has made teaching students the skills that employers value in their employees the foundation of its programming.

    Bridge the Gap: Cross-Divisional Collaboration

    During this time when resources were depleted, programs were redundant, and offices were being forced to do more with less, it was necessary to take the relationship between the divisions of advancement and student affairs to a new level and start working as a team.

    Exploration Fair Helps Students Consider Career Options

    Joliet Junior College held its first Major Exploration Fair to highlight the college’s academic programs and provide a low-pressure, centralized opportunity for students to explore various career curricular and transfer options.

    Focus on Career Fairs Growing as Some Schools Post Record Numbers

    What is the catalyst for this trend of increased attendance at career fairs? The job market became more competitive, so students were more proactive. That trend has held even with the economy and job market improving.

    Minding the Gap: Incorporating Mindfulness to Facilitate Students’ Soft-Skills Development

    Emotional Intelligence (EI) and the concept of mindfulness may help students develop the soft skills that employers say they need, but are not learning.

    Program Supports First-Generation Students Through College, Into Their Careers

    After extensively researching the characteristics, needs, and retention factors associated with first-generation (G1) college students, Merrimack College’s O’Brien Center for Student Success planned and executed a support initiative called Generation Merr1mack that aligns with the college’s strategic plan.

    Amherst’s Mentoring Program Taps Into the Expertise of Alums

    Amherst College launched an online mentoring platform aimed at increasing engagement between Amherst College’s increasingly diversified student body and its well-connected alumni base. The Pathways program was the result of four years of development.

    Bridging Academic and Professional Development in Introductory Coursework

    Career services professionals know that collaborating with campus partners can be crucial to reaching students. But how can career services convince faculty and administrators that partnering with career staff will also increase students’ engagement with their courses?

    Integrating Career Exploration and Planning in STEM Through Faculty Partnerships

    St. John Fisher College’s career center provides services and resources to support students in their career development process by collaborating with faculty to promote career decision making and planning.

    Bentley University Initiative Engages Stakeholders to Tackle Work Force Preparedness

    Bentley University is spearheading a research-based, dialogue-driven initiative known as the PreparedU Project that is sparking a national discourse among key stakeholders to define work force preparedness and determine how these groups can successfully prepare college graduates for today’s work force.

    How Others Do It: Using the Experience of Senior Professionals

    The Senior Professionals organization was formed in 1989 to provide partnerships and interactions between retired and semi-retired people, and the Illinois State University students, faculty, and community.

    Peer Adviser Programs Allow Career Centers to Extend Their Reach

    Kristin Eicholtz, director of career services at DeSales University, was her office’s only full-time staff member and seeking to meet the growing needs of her students. Two years ago, she started the career services office’s peer ambassador program, through which selected students are trained to work with the office to provide services to their fellow students, essentially acting as career advisers.

    What Employers Want From Career Center Partnerships


    Career services offices that can offer a more targeted approach to sourcing will enjoy a distinct advantage with employers of all sizes.


    Career Advising Students With Asperger's Syndrome


    In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of college and university students disclosing a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome. Several assumptions have been made as to why there is an increase, most of which revolve around greater access to resources, improved diagnostics, and an overall higher prevalence of Asperger's in the general population.