Career success means a commitment to lifelong learning to add skills and credentials that employers need. The adaptive innovator—or T-professional—does just that.
In his op ed piece, Thomas Guzowski notes that the majority of college students enroll in college to obtain economic stability, increased earnings, and greater employment opportunities and says it’s time universities recognize that.
While taking that first step towards volunteering may feel daunting, especially for introverts, it can end up being a very rewarding experience.
No matter what the “volunteer language,” there is always an opportunity to give back and support others.
Through relationships made through volunteering, you can gain knowledge and perspective to grow both professionally and personally.
CUNY SPS recognized that certain curricula could better communicate to students how their courses address career competencies and the significance of the competencies in achieving career success.
Deciding to volunteer may not always be an easy decision, but it will ultimately be a personally fulfilling one.
While people often consider the professional benefits of volunteering, it can also have a positive impact on your mental health, too.
Tulsa Community College’s “Job Market Monday” Facebook posts include information from employers about current local job openings or internship opportunities, each in a digital flyer format.
It’s useful to take time to develop your strategy and be mindful of possible trouble spots such before sharing new ideas.
At the University of Cincinnati, students facing financial constraints can access a grant designed to enable them to engage in career-focused courses.
The Career & Professional Development office at the University of Denver developed a multipronged approach to work toward its ambitious goal to engage 90% of undergraduates annually.
The SPARK grant at Nazareth College is open to first- and second-year students to encourage and support early engagement in experiential learning.
Employers who ask about weaknesses during an interview are typically seeking personal awareness and how a student can frame a strategy to minimize the consequences.
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering Job & Internship Fair Tours were created to engage more first- and second-year students in job fairs and to reduce barriers to attendance.
A University at Buffalo program uses project-based internships with local nonprofits to promote collaboration, interdisciplinary exchange, and the value of social innovation among graduate students.
College graduates in their early professional careers report significant mental health issues and view their jobs as a contributing factor. How can employers and colleges provide support?
By focusing on professional health throughout their academic journey, students can enter the workforce fully focused and prepared for success.
Soon after Mark Peltz was hired as the associate dean and director of career development at Grinnell College, it began a process of institutional elevation and prioritization of career services.
Students who set goals and develop a specific and measurable plan to accomplish that goal are more likely to be successful, and staff advisers can play a key role in this process.
To reimagine the way it prepares students for career success, UT Austin sought to create the strategic vision, budgeting model, design, and space for all students that focused on equity and access.
Belonging is important to both the employee and to the organization for which they work. In fact, when an employer fosters a sense of belonging in its workplace, both sides benefit.
The shift has allowed LaGuardia Community College’s career services to take the lead on internship programs and develop more relationships with industry partners.
Developed by a task force of NACE members, Positioning Career Services as an Institutional Strategic Priority explores the elevation of career services on campus through case studies, offers an adaptable roadmap to repositioning the career center, and includes recommendations for how to acquire endorsements for repositioning.
A grant from the United Negro College Fund helped to move career services to a position of more prominence at Tougaloo College and embed career readiness in the school’s curriculum.
Career services at MSU is a part of the newly unified division that is a merger of the areas of Student Affairs and Services and Residential and Hospitality Services.
Caregiving students are more likely to tap into the help the career center can offer than their non-caregiving counterparts, but may be stymied by scheduling conflicts that arise with in-person offerings.
The NACE Management Leadership Institute can provide attendees with valuable tools to incorporate into their professional journey.
William & Mary has recently undergone a shift that has elevated career services, alumni engagement, internships, and applied learning at the research university.
There are specific actions that institutions and organizations can take to ensure that they create a culture that supports the personal and professional growth of Black individuals.
The University of Redlands’ Career Faculty Fellows Program was launched in 2019 to help the institution scale career services and embed career preparedness more intentionally into the curriculum.
This literature review looks at the role of the academic adviser and how academic and career advising can be integrated.
The Katz LinkedIn Challenge is designed to foster a habit of regular and frequent engagement with LinkedIn to help students develop and cultivate industry connections.
Through pioneering an event called Superhero Week, the Career Center at Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) successfully increased students’ engagement with professional development services and created a welcoming environment that fostered personal connections between students and staff.
Wake Forest created its Alumni Personal & Career Development Center and the “Your First Five” competency model to become a lifelong partner in the professional development of their alumni.
NYU’s Wasserman addressed key priorities by developing a program that embedded career readiness competencies in a wellness course for first-year students.
The “Great Resignation” has hit higher ed hard. Colleges and universities must think about hiring and retention as a strategic goal of the institution, staffing and supporting individual offices well enough so that managers can anticipate transitions and openly encourage internal movement.
Hope College’s Boerigter Center developed an interactive app to show a visual representation of alumni and their jobs around the world. It also shows current job and internship openings in a given city.
The University at Buffalo career center reimagined a position for strategic tech planning and will hire a technologist to operationalize and optimize its use of technology tools.
UC Berkeley’s transfer student summit helps connect transfer students, who are often overwhelmed, and employers that are not aware of the value these students can bring to organizations.
When you are new to the field, volunteering for a professional organization can seem overwhelming at first, but once you dive in, it can be a rewarding experience.
Davidson has found several steps—such as getting an early start, using texts, and providing tailored information—to be helpful in attaining and maintaining a high FDS knowledge rate.
When it comes to volunteering, sometimes the opportunity can come unexpectedly, but accepting the offer can be fulfilling both professionally and personally.
A workshop at Notre Dame allows students to experience interviews from the perspective of both the interviewer and the interviewee, giving them valuable insight into the process.
Auburn University’s high knowledge rates on its recent first-destination surveys is driven by the survey being part of a course all students are required to take.
People may try to rationalize why they “can’t,” but NACE volunteers share their experiences and explain why everyone “can.”
Getting involved in a NACE Affinity Group can be a great opportunity to connect with peers and gain valuable insights.
One of the barriers that prevents more employers from partnering with community colleges is a general lack of understanding about what these schools and their students can provide.
April is National Volunteer Month and a great time to reflect on all the positive benefits one can receive through volunteering.
The concept of recognizing feelings as real is a key step in developing emotional intelligence. The risk you run by not doing so is burnout.
As students prepare their resumes and practice interviews for internships and postgraduation employment, it is important to remember that failures can be as important as successes.
Career work is transformational, not transactional. If an institution clings to the severely outdated myth that universities should "place" students through their career centers, student learning, as well as critical connections with stakeholders, can be lost.
Last fall, VCU began offering its Interdisciplinary Career Readiness Skills minor, an 18-credit pathway for students to develop today’s most highly sought-after job skills.
To best serve a total student body, it is incumbent upon career centers to evaluate exactly who is using their services and how they are promoting their services.
Dr. Julia Overton-Healy of St. John Fisher College suggests career services offices need to recalibrate their understanding of who their students are and make changes to accommodate them.
career fairs and reverse networking events can offer tremendous benefits, especially
when held at small scale with specific program areas.
To implement and foster an inclusive climate in higher ed, institutions need to create a culture of belonging, attract diverse talent at the entry level, and build intentional pathways to retain diverse talent.
TAMU-CT is building employer engagement opportunities in partnership with faculty that are “a little less virtual,” but better meet the needs of its unique student population.
When working with employer partners, career services teams must keep in mind that career centers are not staffing agencies and student needs must come first.
The University of Nebraska at Kearney’s College of Business & Technology Career Center verifies internships to ensure they meet key criteria for their students.
The shift to the virtual space has allowed for collection of career fair data that may have been out of reach with the traditional format.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) have scheduled the launch of Member Voices, a platform exclusively featuring member-created content with new articles published weekly.
Part of the mission of UNH CaPS is to help employers establish or enhance employers’ work around diversity and inclusion by providing them with resources, consultation, and recognition.
Volunteering can help students gain valuable experience and learn about what workplace environments best suit their needs, which will be helpful when applying for jobs after graduation.
By getting involved in organizations that extend beyond your job, you can develop skills and relationships that can help you grow both personally and professionally.
Volunteering with NACE can create meaningful professional and personal connections, develop and build skills on a resume, and create opportunities for growth.
Career services offices can help students develop their professionalism and navigate situations when “professional standards” may fuel and foster bias.
The UNO Campus Career Council supports students in achieving their career ambitions through shared knowledge of best practices and industry training.
NYU’s Wasser-Buddies mentoring program helps shape institutional culture, equalize the experience of new hires, increase knowledge transfer, and enhance leadership development.
Some career centers are seeking ideas for appreciation gifts that are unique, useful, and cost-effective that can be handed out to recruiters during on-campus events.
Career services professionals have been wrestling with helping students pursue work that provides meaning and allows them to make an impact. Career services professionals can benefit from a calling-centered approach to career coaching.
The New College of Florida’s SMAH Internship Program has a twist in its approach that distinguishes it from other programs that fund students’ unpaid internships.
Career services can play a vital role in helping student veterans realize their goal of meaningful employment after graduation.
Solo or small-staff career services offices can take steps to sustain a satisfactory level of career services and, in some cases, grow their operations.
Having a formal policy helps the team in the University of Oregon’s career center team with consistency when considering postings from employers seeking unpaid interns.
The racial injustices that marked 2020 strengthened Roderick Lewis’ resolve to create a DEI scorecard for career centers to facilitate change in the employers engaging with their campuses.
The Stony Brook Center for Remote Internships & Experiential Learning provides practical resources for employers operating remotely during the pandemic and beyond.
How do career services offices handle their for-credit career courses? NACE members share their approaches.
The terms “resiliency” and “wellness” are employed in many settings, but how do they impact and what do they mean to our students applying to jobs, internships, and graduate programs, while surviving a global pandemic?
The University of Georgia Career Center has facilitated more than 20 employer Instagram takeovers this semester.
Many career centers have approached career education as instruction into a presentation of who our students are on the outside. We can change the angle from which we see things and get students to believe and have a renewed faith in themselves.
There are questions that career services professionals can suggest their students ask recruiters to assess an organizations’ DEI priority and commitment.
The KU Engineering Career Center’s social media takeover program is especially important now, when employers are unable to engage students in person.
Last spring, career services offices were asked about the main ways in which they were engaging students, as nearly all contact had become virtual. In addition to email, phone calls were a popular tool.
Some career centers are noticing a decrease in employer and student registration for virtual career fairs. What strategies might increase the number of employers attending?
Several career services practitioners offer their approach for determining an appropriate scholarship amount for interns who are unpaid or underpaid.
NACE members offer ideas for managing the career center staff’s interactions—whether in person or virtual—this fall.
In this new era of social distancing, what is replacing the firm, professional handshake?
Last March, a group of five Florida schools shifted their joint in-person reverse career fair to a virtual “venue” in just two weeks, but with positive results.
How do career centers handle alternative experiential learning experiences such as contests and hackathons that may not fall into a college’s or university’s internship bucket?
Career services staff share their plans and ideas for how they might handle drop-ins in an in-person or virtual environment this fall.
The reopening plan developed by the UNLV College of Engineering aims to minimize direct contact for services that can be effectively delivered online.
The Grand Valley State University Career Center offers a “how to” for adapting a speed interviewing program to a virtual format.
One of the issues career center staff will face this fall is how to handle their career closet program.
While looking to create a fun and engaging program for students, Merry Olson hit on an idea that has created much interest among career services practitioners.
Through the Pay It Northward initiative, Colby College has activated its large network to ensure the college’s Class of 2020 is positioned for long-term success.
Collecting first-destination data for the Class of 2020 will be challenging, as traditional methods, such as surveying students during graduation, are not an option during the pandemic. Experts offer some recommendations.
Montgomery College’s “on-campus” virtual recruitment visit allowed students to hear an employer present about its jobs and ask the employer questions.
The University of South Carolina recently issued a “return to work” memo for the fall. While the university will be “back,” it does not mean that things will be “back to normal.”
Texas A&M University – Central Texas is connecting employers with its students by hosting weekly live events with local employers that are hiring.
A new resource provides guidance to community colleges seeking to redesign their student onboarding practices to better help them explore, choose, and plan a program of study.
Career services practitioners have offered helpful suggestions for holding online career fairs.
At Davenport University, the coronavirus pandemic has taken career services out of the sightline of students. Staff are reestablishing connections to students via personal phone calls.
Yale University is undertaking an aggressive personal outreach effort to graduating students who indicate they are “still seeking” on its first-destination survey.
Career services offices participating in NACE’s Career Services Virtual Roundtables report that their “pressing issues” include a lack of student engagement, especially with appointments.
Academic projects can provide experiences to students for whom online internships aren’t available or viable.
It is important that students who do not have internships or full-time positions continue to develop their skills and competencies this summer.
By setting up a virtual job-search group, career services can help new graduates who have left school but are still looking for their first job.
Purdue University Global’s career services office offers tips for delivering outstanding career services experiences online.
As career services professionals take meetings online, a group of copyright experts have crafted a statement on copyright and what qualifies as Fair Use.
During these challenging times, it is important for career services offices to ensure their student interns are included in the coronavirus response planning.
In this time of disruption caused by the coronavirus, when many career services practitioners are working from outside the office, it is crucial for them to stay connected.
Through the NACE Community, NACE members share ideas/resources on a variety of topics for managing the effects of the coronavirus on operations and events.
In response to the coronavirus crisis, the career services office in Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health has made swift changes to move events online.
During WCU’s work to document students’ learning experiences in co-curricular programs, faculty/staff asked for rubrics to help align programs to learning goals.
The threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has career services and URR professionals working to address how to manage their operations to ensure the safety of staff and students.
An inquiry by a student challenged Bryant University’s marijuana policy and prompted the career center to spearhead a push to make an exception for internships in the hemp industry.
Is a closed office door when a student and staff member are meeting in the career center appropriate?
Career excursions have been a staple at Chapman University for several years; a new career model and collaborating across departments helped expand the excursions to provide college- and program-specific events.
With no additional budget, Clarion’s Center for Career and Professional Development built and implemented a mentor program for students.
Technology and different formats might ease the issues associated with holding mock interviews.
Menlo College career services has accomplished several goals by transforming an ignored event into a flagship offering.
Meetups are informal events that help students learn about career development and the job search.
How do you get more students to attend your career fairs? Career services staff share their latest ideas.
Harper College’s New Registered Apprenticeships are flexible instruction programs combining job-related credit courses with structured on-the-job learning experiences.
From a pop-up career closet to another that provides identity affirming clothing, NACE members share their ideas for managing a professional clothing closet for students.
Sometimes, career services professionals move to a job in recruiting. NACE Community members shared some guidance for those making this transition.
Industry dinners give students and employers alike the opportunity to interact.
Members of the NACE Community recently offered some suggestions to their colleagues for books to add to their summer reading lists.
What tasks do your work-study students do? Career services professionals noted their student workers create content, conduct employer outreach, and more.
The Rowan University Office of Career Advancement will launch a one-credit seminar to help higher education students strengthen competencies.
Members of the NACE Community recently offered some short, information-rich answers to questions posted about a range of topics.
The terminology career center professionals use can make the difference in developing collaborative faculty relationships.
The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee flipped the tables on the traditional career fair concept and held its first reverse career fair with much success.
During a recent building renovation at The University of Tampa, Tim Harding used the NACE Professional Standards to influence the design of the new career services office.
Career services professionals offer reasons why—and why not—a resume should include the student’s address.
RIT Career Services has partnered with Parent and Family Programs to promote existing resources and develop new ones to help parents help their students.
What type of workshop or activity can career services offer that will be helpful to students in these last few weeks before graduation?
Career services practitioners at two universities describe their experience with and detail how they handle employers that don’t follow-through.
The University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Employer Internship Toolkit provides key information to employers with existing internship programs and to those looking to establish one.
Spring brings job and internship offers, and plans for graduation. How do career services offices celebrate these student successes.
Career services professionals share
ideas for filling and maintaining the career clothes closets they make
available to students.
Each spring, Indiana Tech holds an event
to recognize student interns and their employers, and to bring greater visibility
to the school’s internship program.
What types of on-campus events are most
productive for small colleges in connecting employers and students?
Since presentation is an important part
of any resume, what typeface, or font, should a student job seeker use?
How can your career center help students
to prepare for their mock interviews and set up the mock interviews to maximize
Pacific’s “Mock Interview Week” gives
students real-world interviewing experiences, and employers the opportunity to
brand on campus and connect with students.
The service learning program
at Middlesex County College connects academics and curriculum with social
issues and relevant community partners.
services practitioners offer tips for boosting first-destination survey
steps helped smooth Lindsey Saxby Baltz’s transition from her position in employer
relations to becoming a career counselor.
There are numerous effective approaches to mapping out employer locations, and for helping students and employers connect during your career fairs.
Launching an online dashboard for career outcomes allowed Oakland University Career Services to be more creative with its first-destination survey report.
Language companies provide a range of services and are looking for new college graduates. How can you help prepare students for jobs in this growing industry?
A suggestion from the provost’s office—to make completion of the UF Graduation Survey mandatory—has boosted knowledge rates at the University of Florida.
There are ways for career centers to engage students by incorporating pop culture into their programming, services, and communications.
Two years ago, the UConn Center for Career Development reexamined its efforts around diversity and inclusion and made some impactful changes.
The University of Delaware’s first-destination data collection is a multi-level and campus-wide effort, and has led to increasingly high knowledge rates.
When it comes to preparing students for case interviews, employers can be an excellent source of information and expertise that you can tap into.
Yale University creates short animated videos to cover introductory workshop topics and to get a better return on its investment of time and energy.
What are the “red flags” that signal a job posting or organization might be fraudulent? What can you do to prevent these scams?
Saint Mary's College of California developed a program that helps prepare its students for their first several months of employment.
Support from career centers is crucial to recruiters trying to organize and conduct effective information sessions on your campus. How can you help?
How can you best help the employers that recruit at your school? The first step is to understand their particular needs.
Bard College has developed a program that aims to create a community of leaders who will succeed professionally and make a difference in the lives of others.
Temple’s career center held an event to illustrate the connection between career readiness competencies learned in General Education courses and careers.
What can you do to help a student with no work experience and/or activities build a better resume?
Following a strategic planning session and with assistance from a neighboring university, Metro State has developed a career readiness program.
How do colleges and universities get students to report their first-destination data and how do career centers use the data they collect?
What in-class activities and workshops will help graduating business students during their last semester of school?
The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Academic & Career Development Center offers academic advising for students, and career services for students and alumni.
Richmond merged career services and alumni services to elevate career services, provide additional resources for students, and more deeply engage alumni.
How can career services practitioners with nontechnical backgrounds give students preparing for technical interviews the best possible guidance?
James Madison University’s structure of integrated academic and career advising provides strong collaboration and connection across campus.
Authors Jones and Headley provide step-by-step instructions on how to use data to analyze and improve the performance of career center offerings.
Should career services staff recommend students put their GPA on their resume? NACE Community members overwhelmingly said they should.
Yeshiva University’s career center requires students to complete a series of requirements before participating in on-campus recruiting.
Rowan University is currently undertaking a plan to infuse career counseling with academic advising, and make this arrangement as seamless as possible.
When it comes to maximizing job fair attendance, there’s bit of quick advice from the NACE Community: Don’t hold job fairs on Friday.
NACE Community members offered links to their vendor inquiry forms to help your office handle the large number of e-mails it receives from vendors.
If you’re asking employers who have posted openings, attended events or career fairs, or participated in campus interviewing about your new graduates—have you received the answers you need?
University of Pennsylvania Career Services launched its chat bot in January to better connect visitors to its website with the information they are seeking.
ONU’s Farewell Toast let the career center provide information to help graduates transition into their professional lives and gather placement data.
The author looks at how career centers can prepare students for the entrepreneurial world, and provides information about resources and tools.
NACE’s career services members recently offered ideas for making classroom presentations upbeat and interesting for students. See their suggestions.
Should students put their addresses on resumes? An employer on the NACE Community said that students should not include addresses on resumes. Here’s why.
Kansas State had an external review of its career services done to inform long-term strategic planning and immediate operational transitioning to a new facility.
St. Cloud State University’s career center recently launched a program in which recruiters conduct one-on-one LinkedIn profile reviews with students and alumni.
Your career center can strengthen its relationships with employers by providing support in areas they deem important to their recruiting success.
Georgia College’s Career Planning Milestones Program tracks student progress through career-related activities that are beneficial to all students.
The DePaul University Career Center launched a job shadow program in 2014 to provide its students with a glimpse into the professional world and give employers an additional way to connect with students.
Providing feedback to emerging professionals is essential, but can also be a challenging task for mentors. However, Gary Alan Miller of Hofstra University says the mentee is likely to not only need the input, but to welcome it.
The winning team in the STEAM category of the NACE 60th Anniversary Innovation Challenge conceptualized a web-based tool that would help match students and employers as a lead-in to career fairs or on-campus interviews.
Career services professionals can help students understand that the content they pin on Pinterest should reflect their interests, goals, and brand.
The career center at Ball State University has developed an early intervention program that measures students’ career clarity during freshman orientation and takes subsequent steps to help those in need of assistance find a major and choose a career.
Many students might think Facebook and professional networking cannot be mixed, but it’s hard to deny there is great possibility to make connections on this network. Here’s how career services professionals can help students use Facebook to network professionally.
Leveraging the liberal arts degree was one of the challenges in the NACE 60th Anniversary Innovation Challenge at NACE 16. The winning team addressed it by visualizing a tool that would help liberal arts students to articulate the skills they gained and employers that hire these graduates to communicate the skills they seek.
When done strategically, blogging can offer students a unique way to network and connect with others. How can career services practitioners help students grow their blog presence?
How can career services practitioners help students use Twitter chats to get information about careers and the job market? First, they must understand the basics about these virtual conversations.
With the LinkedIn “Alumni” tool, students can search information about and make connecting with alumni from colleges and universities around the world.
Through its Career Checkpoint program, the career center at Ryerson University is using on-campus jobs to enhance students’ career readiness and better prepare them for the professional work force.
Recognizing the importance of networking and the interest and desire among the current cohort of students to carry out public service, Hofstra University’s Career Center launched the Hofstra Service Networking Program.
Jake Livengood, assistant director of graduate student career services at MIT Global Education & Career Development, leads a highly interactive and impactful improv comedy workshop that helps students confidently handle the unexpected that may come up during job search or graduate school interviews.
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.
In the second of two-part series of articles on accountability and assessment in career services, Sam Ratcliffe offers insight into how to address key stakeholder questions on the quality of career services’ programs and services, and the related impact on student learning.
In the first of a two-part look at how career services offices can demonstrate their value, Sam Ratcliffe looks at accountability from institutional and career services' viewpoints.
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?
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.
Organizations embark on strategic planning for different reasons. Today, many develop or modify a strategic plan to address changing external and internal forces, including cutbacks in budget and personnel, demographic changes, competition, legal issues, technology, and loss of revenue.
A collection of syllabi for career development and career exploration classes.
Career Counselor's Guides to Social Media in the Job Search will help students learn about social media as a job-search resource and career services professionals show students how to maximize their opportunities online.
Identify faculty partners willing to work collaboratively with the career services office in a partnership to promote student success, including reaching their personal, academic, and professional goals.
Percent of institutions that offer stipends for low- or underpaid internships
Percent of institutions that collect demographic usage data
Percent of institutions that have implemented career readiness competencies institution-wide
Percent of career centers experiencing a change in reporting structure over the past year
2022-23 Career Services Benchmarks Report