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Prepared by the Attracting New Professionals Action Team. Introduction Typical Work Tasks Sample Job Titles Work Settings Office Space Hours and Earnings Education and Training Experience Professional Development Personal Qualifications Sources of Additional Information. Overview.
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Introduction Typical Work Tasks Sample Job Titles Work Settings Office Space Hours and Earnings Education and Training Experience Professional Development Personal Qualifications Sources of Additional Information Overview
Career Services in Higher Education: An Introduction • Institutions of higher education enroll close to 15 million students. • Many of these students will need help determining their career path and finding employment or pursuing further education. • Career services professionals have the opportunity to positively impact key aspects of a student’s life and collegiate experience.
Counseling and advising individuals and groups on occupations, career exploration, career planning and decision-making, job-search strategies, employability skills, and graduate and professional education. Organizing and managing career information resources. Developing and producing publicity/PR materials. Helping students locate work experiences to reality- test their career goals and build their resumes. Typical Work Tasks
Typical Work Tasks (continued) • Designing, planning, and implementing career programs including career planning and job-search workshops, career expos, career panels, alumni networks, and similar services.
Work with employers who participate in job fairs, on-campus interviewing, resume referral, and related programs. Directors take on additional responsibilities that may include: providing leadership for development and implementation of programs and services managing operations: Budgets range from $1,000 to $2,000,000 and staffing from 1-60 depending on four year versus two year schools. While the average budget size is $90,706, 63% report budgets of $50,000 or less*. Typical Work Tasks (continued) * Source: State of the Profession: Results from NACE’s 2004 Career Services Benchmarking Survey, August 2004
Directors take on additional responsibilities (continued): developing goals and policies, and strategic directions serving as an advocate for the office internally and externally acting as a liaison between university offices, departments, alumni, students, and employers fundraising Typical Work Tasks (continued)
Account Manager Andy Assistant Director Arnett Keith Kristin Mark Racquel Sara Associate Dean Patricia Associate Director John Kerry Career Consultant Jessica Jim Career Counselor Jack Joan Career Resource Center Coordinator Anne Nathan Career Services Specialist Sample Job Titles
Coordinator, Career Development Services Cooperative Education Coordinator Laura Director, Career Services Fred Dorothy Irene Jennifer Joyce Kathy D. Lisa Michelle Employer Relations Coordinator Melissa Experiential Education Coordinator Kathy W. Internship Coordinator Placement Director Recruiting Coordinator Sample Job Titles
Community Colleges Vocational-Technical Schools Two- and Four-Year Colleges Universities Graduate or Professional Programs e.g. MBA or Law Schools Work Settings
In higher education settings, career services departments may be housed organizationally in a variety of units including: student affairs/services, academic affairs (as part of academic advising or as part of a specific school or college, especially on decentralized campuses), development/university advancement/alumni relations, or enrollment management. Work Settings (continued)
Career Centers provide an in-door work environment. In addition to staff offices, other Career Center space may include: career resource library computer lab/workstations interview rooms for employers seminar/workshop room Office Space
Most persons in career services work a typical 40-hour week; some evening and weekend work is required on occasion. Entry-level positions may pay from the mid to upper 20s to the low 30s. Advanced positions may pay in the mid 30s to the high 40s. Directors can earn upwards of $75,000 to $100,000 a year. Hours and Earnings
Persons in career services in a college or university setting typically possess a master’s degree in counseling or higher education administration, or in a related major such as psychology, human resources, social work, or sociology. Many directors in upper-level positions, especially at large scale universities, have a doctorate in student personnel services, counseling, or a related field. Placement and recruiting coordinators, job developers, and computer/technical professionals are most likely to have bachelor’s degrees. Education and Training
Career services candidates possess a wide array of experience in higher education, non-profit organizations, human services and industry. Graduate students should plan to obtain a graduate assistantship, internship or practicum at a local college or university Career Center to gain relevant skills and experiences. Experience
Professional Associations:- National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)- Regional Associations of Colleges and Employers (EACE, MWACE, RMACE, SACE, SWACE, WACE)- American College Personnel Association (ACPA) - Cooperative Education Internship Association (CEIA) - National Career Development Association (NCDA) - National Society of Experiential Education(NSEE) - and State Associations and Local Organizations Certifications (i.e. MBTI) Licensure (NCC) Campus sponsored professional development activities Professional Development
Personal Qualifications • Physical and emotional energy • Desire to help others • Patience, empathy, objectivity and the ability to listen • Effective interviewing/intake skills • Organizational, planning, and administrative skills • Computer skills—e.g., using web-based interviewing and job listing systems, computer career guidance systems, Internet resources, etc.; and
Ability to relate effectively with a variety of constituencies, e.g., employers, students, alumni, parents, faculty, university administrators, vendors and consultants who produce applications or products for client services, and community individuals. Personal Qualifications (continued)
National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE):www.naceweb.org see also web sites for regional associations National Career Development Association (NCDA):www.ncda.org American College Personnel Association (ACPA); Commission VI-Career Development : www.acpa.nche.edu/comms/comm06/CommissionVI/ Sources of Additional Information
Thank you to Jon Shy, MS and Janet G. Lenz, Ph.D., Florida State University for creating the first presentation Thank you to NACE’s Attracting New Professionals Action Team on updating and promoting this presentation Updated 10/14/04 Acknowledgements