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.
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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 […]
Is college worth the cost? The Curran Consulting Group explains how colleges can increase their value to students.
“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.”
New Approaches to College Career Preparation: How Information, Integration and Intentionality lead to greater Impact on college career outcomes
Denison University, a top college located near Columbus, OH, offers a rare opportunity for an accomplished, results-oriented leader to demonstrate, on a broad scale, the value and impact of a liberal arts education. Deadline has been extended to March 2.
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 […]
In today’s competitive academic environment, a simple partnership between Career Services and Alumni Relations in colleges and universities is not enough. A symbiotic relationship is essential if both areas are to demonstrate the value they bring to their universities.
Why do students go to college? Most academics would be horrified to discover that the top reason is not to get a great education and become an educated citizen of the world. Today’s students still want high quality academics, but they take the educational benefits of college for granted. What students now expect from college is […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
An unemployment rate of 7.3% may not seem particularly good. But for millions of the country’s college seniors, 2014 data recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics represent the first sign that the major upturn in the employment market for bachelor’s degree grads that started in 2012, was not an anomaly.The last year students […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
When students return to college, or set foot on campus for the first time, it’s normal for parents to have conflicting emotions. One of those emotions is frequently anxiety about the cost of education and the value of that education in the real world. But such concerns are likely to be brushed away by the […]
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 […]