Entries by Sheila Curran

5 Key Career Questions for College Students, Grads and Parents

In recent years, parents have been willing to pay the increasing costs of college tuition for one principal reason: they have believed a college degree is their child’s ticket to a better future. Getting a better job after graduation is also the number one reason given by incoming students for attending college.

Reimagining the Impact of Alumni Career Services

Alumni need help with their careers–particularly if they had the misfortune to graduate in 2020 during a pandemic. At the same time, their older peers want to give back to their alma mater in meaningful ways. If ever there were a perfect time for Alumni Career Services, it is now. Yet few schools have been […]

A Bad Rap for College Career Services

“If students are to see career centers as valuable, they need information about what careers students have pursued with a degree from their own institution, not a generic list of careers to pursue with a degree such as French.”

Position Vacancy: Miami University (Ohio) — Assistant Vice President, Center for Career Exploration and Success

For full consideration apply by September 26, 2016. To Apply:  http://miamioh.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobid=3182 Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, announces a rare opportunity to take a very successful career center to the next level. The person hired in the newly-created Assistant Vice President, Center for Career Exploration and Success position, will lead a team of 20 staff to envision and advance […]

Position Vacancy: Wheaton College– Director of the Center for Vocation and Career

Wheaton College, a Christian College located 25 miles west of Chicago, is engaged in a major initiative to re-imagine the preparation and support of students as they consider a wide variety of post-graduate pursuits. It now seeks a leader to direct the Center for Vocation and  Career, and in doing so, significantly enhance the value and impact of a Wheaton […]

Position Vacancy: Associate Vice Provost, Career and Professional Success

The University of New Hampshire seeks a transformation-minded individual, who enthusiastically embraces the bold goals for career and professional success envisioned by UNH’s senior leadership. This is a new position. Apply electronically: apply.interfolio.com/33669. The May 2015 report titled “A New Vision for Career Preparation” can be viewed here.

Position Vacancy (Bryant University): Executive Director of the Amica Center for Career Education

Deadline for applications: August 14, 2015. Bryant University provides an exceptional opportunity for a forward-thinking leader and manager to become the new executive director of the Amica Center for Career Education. Bryant was an early adopter of the philosophy that a business education must be paired with a liberal arts education and vice versa, for […]

Threats to the Higher Ed Business Model

What are the biggest threats to Higher Education? Cost? Student debt? Changing demographics and student choice? MOOCs? Inadequate career preparation? Depending on the college, it could be any combination of these factors. In the article Higher Ed Business Models Are Earning Failing Grades, first published in the Journal of Corporate Renewal, we discuss how to […]

Components of an Effective Consulting Proposal

Colleges and universities increasingly look to consultants to help with strategic issues and troubling situations. But, unless the fee is likely to exceed six figures, they frequently forego a “Request for Proposal” (RFP). Instead, they rely on verbal conversations, and primarily use word of mouth to identify potential consultants. Agreements about what the consultant will be expected to […]

Position Vacancy: Associate Provost-Career + Professional Development, LMU — App. Deadline: Friday, Feb 15, 2015

Application Deadline:  Friday, February 13, 2015 LMU seeks an Associate Provost who embraces Jesuit traditions of educating the whole person, and is passionate about connecting education to transformative lives after graduation. Together with a career team and strategic partners at LMU, the Associate Provost is responsible for building programs, services, and connections that will enhance […]

Position Vacancy: Associate Dean, Career + Co-op, SAIC (Chicago)

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is seeking a forward-thinking Associate Dean, Career + Co-Op who can play a leadership role in defining the contributions of art and design graduates to the global economy. The Associate Dean will identify innovative ways to connect the SAIC curriculum to productive and successful lives after college, expanding […]

Advice for Entrepreneurial College Grads

In today’s economy, college students need to develop entrepreneurial skills.  They’ll need these skills throughout their lives to navigate the employment market and rise in their chosen fields. But, should they also be encouraged to start their own businesses immediately after graduation? The entrepreneurial initiatives of colleges and universities, and their emphasis on business plan competitions, […]

Revolution in Career Services

In this article, Sheila Curran, President of Curran Career Consulting, and Steve Goldenberg, CEO of Interfolio, share a candid and provocative discussion on the future of career services in colleges and universities. Steve: Students graduating in 2009 are facing bleak employment prospects. Are Careers offices prepared for the onslaught of demand from worried students and […]