Chalvonna Smith

Director, SEAS Career Services
George Washington University
GWU shines a light on their career resources and student outcomes to recruit more students, and support international students through out their School of Engineering and Applied Sciences journey.
Washington, D.C.
School Size:
2,500
Program Type:
Applied Sciences & Engineering
Students Served:
Undergraduate & Graduate

The power of Career Services to impact enrollment

See what Chalvonna had to say about promoting career services to prospective and international students

Promoting Career to Engage Prospective Students

Career Services at George Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) serve graduate and undergraduate students from a number of engineering and related disciplines. Annually, the SEAS team travels abroad to host recruiting events for international students. Onsite, the Admissions and Career department at SEAS work side-by-side to educate prospective engineering students about the many career planning resources available to them upon enrollment to one of the University’s programs. Chalvonna Smith, Director of the W. Scott Amey Career Services Center, uses uConnect at these events to highlight program outcome data and promote all of the unique resources and communities that her and her team are able to curate for SEAS students depending on their area of interest. Additionally, the GWU team is able to showcase employer partners, on and off-campus events and a newsfeed to keep students, alumni, and parents informed.  
With uConnect, we are able to promote career services to prospective students and their parents by highlighting our commitment to professional development and career advancement, thus enhancing and increasing student recruitment for the school

Chalvonna Smith

Director, SEAS Career Services
George Washington University

Supporting Specialized Student Populations

Since many of SEAS’s incoming students are international, student success and support resources are of paramount importance to helping students adjust and to their new surroundings. Throughout their journey at SEAS, Chalvonna and her team at the W. Scott Amey Career Services Center provide tailored support to students enrolled in 14 degree specialties through the program communities within uConnect. Within the platform, resources, news, events and jobs are organized by program communities so that students have a homebase to visit for all things ‘career’ related to their course of study. Additionally, students can sign up for weekly alerts to receive updates for their program, including new employers, jobs, events, tools and resources, and more. In the 2017-2018 academic year, new students spent over 100 hours exploring these specialized community pages, and resources for international students were the most frequently accessed resource type. In addition, from 2017 to 2018, overall visitor engagement with resources and content increased over 120%

SUPPORTING ENROLLMENT EFFORTS AND OVERALL STUDENT SUCCESS FOR SPECIALIZED STUDENT POPULATIONS 

Career Services at GW's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences provides uniquely tailored support to all their student populations and has seen overal visitor engagment with content and resources increase over 120% in the past academic year.

 

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