Faculty Collaborating with Career Services
It Takes a Village: Building Partnerships in Career Education
- Engage alumni: bring them back to campus to speak to students about their careers. Alumni are thrilled to be contacted by former faculty to share how they have used the knowledge, skills and experiences developed through study in their major in their careers. Ideas include alumni panels, guest speakers in the classroom and networking receptions during campus events.
- Integrate experiential opportunities into the classroom – consider if a practicum, site visit, internship or service learning opportunity could strengthen student learning outcomes.
- Learn about outcomes for your majors: Career Centers have vast amounts of data available and we’re glad to share. Help us obtain even better data on your majors by encouraging students to complete the senior survey!
- Gain exposure to the world of work: consider industry sabbaticals and/or externships (job shadowing experiences). Join employers visiting campus for lunch or attend employer information sessions. Alumni and employers welcome faculty interest in and observations about their work!
- Be explicit about the skills students are developing through their studies in the discipline – our students need to be able to articulate these skills to employers and offer tangible examples. When possible, integrate “soft skills” into the curriculum – offer students the opportunity to work in groups, lead a seminar, hone their presentation skills.
- Attend Career Services conferences and collaborate with Career Services staff on conference presentations. Visit Career Services, join us for a staff meeting, even participate as “faculty in residence” for a day. Join Career Services advisory councils.
- Invite Career Services to departmental meetings, departmental colloquium series, faculty lunches, academic advisor trainings, new faculty receptions.
- Subscribe to the Career Center’s communication with students – many of us produce a newsletter for students and are very active on social media.
- Consider allocating departmental funding for internships, as well as research – and when selecting students for summer research funding, consider hiring first years and sophomores. First years especially find it difficult to obtain paid summer internships and increasingly juniors need to complete an internship the summer before senior year to secure a job offer.
- Help Career Services reach your students – even a five-minute overview of Career Services within a classroom makes a tremendous difference in our efforts to engage students. Consider if there’s a role for Career Services within first year seminars, perhaps to offer career assessments?
- The period when students are declaring a major can be a natural opportunity to collaborate with Career Services, who can speak with students about skills developed through that major and experiences of students in that major – Career Services can also offer students assessments that will help them identify their skills and interests. If students complete a plan for their major, consider adding a question: How will your major help you achieve your future goals and what skills do you anticipate developing through your studies?