Career conversations happen all across campus—not just in the career center. In fact, many students initially seek out career advice and information from faculty, staff, alumni, or even their parents. But not all of those groups have the resources and training to provide meaningful, accurate career support. At least, not like a career services team does.
That’s why it’s so important for career centers to shift their role from providers to facilitators, enabling other groups on campus to have impactful career conversations with students. Because let’s face it, many students won’t walk into a physical career center (for a variety of reasons). And it’s impossible for any career services professional to have 1:1 conversations with thousands of students with diverse backgrounds, interests, life circumstances, etc.
So how can we close the career information gap? How can we embed career conversations into daily campus life to make sure all students get helpful, accurate information, regardless of who they talk to?
For the University of Connecticut, the answer lies in their highly successful Career Champion program.
Watch this webinar recording to learn how Nancy Bilmes, Director of UConn’s Center for Career Development, built the program and trained 500+ faculty, staff, alumni, and employers to have better career conversations with students.
- How (and why) her team started the program three years ago
- How they recruit Champions (particularly faculty)
- What the training process looks like (including the resources)
- How they measure success
- And more!