Career Resources and Counseling – November 25, 2008

Career Resources and Counseling – November 25, 2008

Summary: Kerin Borland, Amy Hoag, and Tom Lehker from the Career Center presented an overview of their services for students and departments. Highlights included their “Immersion Excursions,” which offer small groups of students the opportunity to interact with employers and get a feel for a particular industry or business in a much more direct manner than job shadowing often allows; their creative outreach programs, using technology (Facebook, IM), peer advisors, and convenient and flexible workshops (“Workshops on Wheels”); and their focus on core liberal arts skills in highest demand by employers (communication skills, problem solving, adaptability, continuous/lifelong learning) in counseling students. They also presented information about the current job market and expectations for the near future, which not surprisingly are bleak.

Challenges: The Career Center faces the same challenges in terms of making their services and events known to students and attracting student use and attendance of or at these. They also face the challenge of striking a balance between trying to reach as many students as possible while also being attentive to at which developmental stage any given student or population of students might be. The Career Center would also like to increase their visibility and collaboration with individual academic departments.

Recommendations: The Career Center encourages referrals from all advisors, both major and general. They already hold joint advising appointments with the  Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center and a number of departments, and they welcome other suggestions for collaboration. They also welcome suggestions for the ongoing “Immersion Excursions.”


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