Career Services: Essential for Retention
Monday, October 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM - Friday, October 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM (EDT)
Campuses across the nation are abuzz with discussions about retention. Amidst these discussions, cuts are being made to student programming in order to balance budgets. Career services need to be a part of the proactive efforts to increase persistence to graduation.
Career Services offices on college campuses are often described as being either the “placement office” or “the testing center”. These inaccurate definitions do little to explain the reality and the complexity of the work and effectiveness of the interventions that career centers provide to students. Career services hold a strategic position of helping students integrate into the academic and social environment of the campus community, while helping them prepare for a career beyond their post-secondary education. As a career services practitioner, you may know that your work impacts retention, but how do you support that claim to administrators and decision-makers on your campus?
Persistence to graduation is impacted by many factors, but recent research has shown that career service outcomes do play an important part in persistence decisions. This webinar series will discuss how you can impact persistence decision-making on your campus. Presenters will share the results of the latest groundbreaking research that will impact the future of how career services are provided on college campuses.
Join us for 3 webinar sessions beginning on October 7.
Session One: Retention and the Current State of Career Services (October 7th at 1:00pm)
In the first session we will explain effective retention models and how they apply to current initiatives on college campuses across the nation. We will discuss the current state of career services and how they can impact retention efforts. The presenters, a team of a practitioner and researcher-practitioner, will share about our context of creating the research and set the stage for more in depth discussions of our results in future sessions.
Session Two: How Career Services can Impact Retention on Your Campus (October 9th at 1:00pm)
In this session, we will summarize our research and key career services outcomes that relate to retention. We will discuss career coaching and how it can impact specific career services outcomes that are predictive of persistence to graduation. In this discussion of career coaching, we will suggest how we as career services professionals can engage students and connect our work with university values.
Session Three: Building for the Future (October 11th at 1:00pm)
This final session will build upon the previous two sessions and provide a cohesive vision for the future of career services, including a guided discussion of how you see career services impacting retention on your campus and how cooperation among researchers and practitioners can impact retention efforts.
Attendance at this webinar will:
- Increase your understanding of retention models and how career services fits into the model
- Reflect on how your office can strive to help students integrate academically and socially into the campus community
- Inform you about key career services outcomes that have been shown to predict persistence to graduation
- Provide you with information about the pros and cons of conducting research in your career services office as a practitioner
- Equip you to share with administrators on your campus how you have a tactical position on campus to combat attrition and increase persistence to graduation
Intern Bridge, Inc.
Intern Bridge is the nation's premier college recruiting consulting and research firm. We survey over 27,000 students annually to capture trends of internship and recruiting experiences. The critical survey data is the basis for our work: helping companies build meaningful entry-level talent programs, and assisting career centers to better serve their student populations.
Our work is accomplished through a variety of methods including national workshop tours, online professional development webinars and conferences, publications, custom research, and consulting. Intern Bridge has sold thousands of college recruiting best practices books. Over 10,000 recruiters, managers, and career center practitioners have taken part in our professional development efforts. We have worked with over 80% of the Fortune 100 organizations, in addition to being represented on almost every college campus in the nation.
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