• Program Development - Career Services

  • 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.


    Key Elements of Effective Employer Partnerships


    Career services operations should have a clearly defined employer relations strategy and corresponding activities.


    Creating Value for Your Advisory Board Members

    Advisory board members provide your career center with great value by shaping programming, conducting special projects and events, evaluating services, and more. What can you give them in return? Here are some ways to create value for your advisory board members.

    Tech Talk: Facilitating Live, Text-in Q&A at Your Events


    How can we maximize the engagement of the eager and curious minds in the audience? Consider live, text-in questions and answers at your events.


    Tips for Creating and Leading Advisory Boards

    Advisory boards can be valuable instruments for your career center, helping you to shape programming, conduct special projects and events, evaluate services, and more.

    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.


    Graduate Student Career Services: Meeting Students' Needs

    This article highlights some factors that can contribute to graduate students’ successful navigation of career and employment concerns, shares relevant survey data on this topic, and provides guidelines to help career centers assess the quality of their graduate student services.

    Training Paraprofessionals in the Art of the Resume Critique

    The most successful resume critiques provide students with a heightened sense of their own strengths and skills, and can show them what steps they could take to increase their skills repertoire. This article discusses selecting and training paraprofessionals and includes a copy of the resume critique resource manual.

    Building Career Services: Connections & Collaborations

    The challenge of producing graduates qualified to meet employers’ hiring needs motivated California State University, Stanislaus to transform its minimal career development services office into a full-service career development center.

    Career Services and Academic Advising: Collaborating for Student Success

    Although their functions may be distinct, career services professionals and academic advisers can—and do—work together to help students do well in the career planning and job-search process.

Program Development - Career Services