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EACE 2013 Annual Conference 

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College Specific Sessions

College/Employer Specific Sessions

College Specific Sessions

Can Career Search Education Revitalize Higher Ed?

For the past 48 months the Number One topic on the hearts and minds of people all across America is Jobs. Today's challenging employment environment has placed tremendous pressure on higher education and job seekers alike. Educational institutions are grappling with rising costs, more competition for students, rising student debt, and gainful employment reporting. Students are wondering how the high costs of earning a college degree (and likely indebtedness) will translate to a job. And the rules for conducting an effective career search are rapidly changing due to technology and the availability of a global labor pool. From an academics standpoint, higher education has traditionally seen its role as educating students in their area of study, not in educating them in how to conduct a successful career search. Career search education is largely student-driven today. We believe that the aforesaid pressures represent a tipping point for higher education to move career search education from being largely student-driven to institutional-driven. This would have the effect of revitalizing higher by incorporating career search education as part of its core curriculum required for graduation.

Presenter: Henry Boyer, Boyer Management Group

Career Services and Alumni Partnerships: The Key to Building a Stronger Future for Our Students

The focus of this presentation will be how to build and maintain alumni connections in order to enhance your career office/program. As a Co-op Coordinator I make it my mission to keep alumni engaged in the idea of preparing my current students for meaningful and productive careers beyond Northeastern University. Whether students are gearing for graduate school or the workplace, they will benefit from the partnerships that are forged between my Co-op Office and Alumni. I will show how my connections with alumni has generated new co-op/internship positions, shadowing programs for student interns, mentoring relationships, social media conversations and guest speakers/critics in classrooms and lectures.

Presenter: Lynn Burke, Northeastern University

Fisher For Your Future: Integrating Career Services through the College Experience and Beyond

Fisher for Your Future is a four-year model that allows the Office of Career Services to be incorporated throughout a student’s entire academic career and beyond. Beginning freshman year students are introduced to the office through a Reputation Defender workshop that is required of all freshmen. Students learn the names and faces of the office and begin to utilize it within the first month of attending the school. Other components include enrollment in professional organizations, a required 1-credit internship preparation course, the development of a post-graduation workshop series, and the creation of an incentive-based program to encourage students to participate in career services programming. All attendees will walk away with programming ideas, and ways to think about creating a comprehensive program that encourages students’ participation from freshmen year into alumni status.

Presenter: Heather Carpenter, Fisher College

Motivations of Undergraduate Public Health Majors and the Pursuit of Careers in Public Health

The 2012 EACE Research Grant recipient will discuss his findings regarding the objective of his study. His study focused on learning how students’ motivations for attending college affect their graduate school and career choice. The study is relevant to EACE membership because it will provide evidence of motivations that are linked to certain careers, in particular of this case, public health and medicine careers.

Presenter: Warren Hilton, Drexel University

Peer Career Educator Program and Training: A Collaboration Between The Career Center and Tutoring Center in Training and Leadership

In an era of economic challenges it makes sense to develop student leaders to assist in career development activities such as first year resume review, promotion of events and co-facilitation of workshops. Learn how the collaboration between the 2 departments (while crossing divisional lines) aids in creating a comprehensive training program for peer career educators (PCE). A panel including the Director of Tutoring Center, Peer Career Educator and Career Center Director will discuss the training (for credit and for pay), role of the Peer Career Educator (PCE)and learning outcomes to the program and phases of the program.The session will begin with an interactive training exercise followed by discussion of the PCE program learning outcomes and evaluation.

Presenter: Deb Kelly, The College of New Jersey

From Career Fair Registrations to Managing Sponsorships: Maximizing the Uses of the Career Fair Module in Symplicity

The career fair manager module in Symplicity is very adapatable for various formats of career fairs, multiple day events, registration fee options, including no-fee, receptions associated with a fair, etc. In addition, it may be modified to track other types of "registrations" where information or fees are collected for other career services funtions. We will share our experiences and invite the audience to share their thoughts so that together we may all take full advantage of the funtionality with in the system.

Presenter: Christina MacGill, The Pennsylvania State University

Sponsoring Career Services Programs: Win-Win for Employers and Universities

Sharing ideas around the table of providing sponsorship opportunities to employers to help support career services ever-stretched budgets.

Presnter: Christina MacGill, The Pennsylvania State University

Engaging First-Year Students: Applying an Academic Advising Model to Career Services

First-year college students are generally assigned to one specific academic advisor to begin their career in college. This model benefits students because they are able to have one point of contact for all of their academic related questions and services. The Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance at the University of Pittsburgh has adopted this same practice to assign a career consultant to each of our first-year students. This program at PITT provides a similar, single point of contact for students’ career related questions and services. Although we cannot mandate meetings as academic advising can, we are able to establish solid contact with all students through regular emails and programs in the residence halls. This program will discuss the methods we’ve used to connect with our first-year students and our data that shows the clear benefits of this model.

Presenter: Ryan Sweeny, University of Pittsburgh

Two Heads Are Better Than One: Maximizing Alumni Affairs Partnerships for Effective Career Programs

In an era of increasingly tightening budgets and limited human capital, it is imperative that career services professionals seek creative ways to foster collaboration not just with employers, but also with other offices at their institutions. Given on-campus recruiting’s heavy reliance on alumni, extending alumni partnerships to include participation in career development initiatives and programs is an obvious choice. Collaborating with alumni affairs offices to conduct outreach to and manage relationships with desirable alumni can significantly enhance such partnerships. In this session, the speaker will share about several successful programs developed through career services – alumni affairs partnerships and offer advice on how such collaborations could be implemented at your institution.

Presenter: Nadine Verna, Duke University

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college/employer specific sessions

College/Employer Specific Sessions

Creating Career Management Partnerships On-Campus

Career management is a “team sport,” relying heavily on networking, building contacts and having good mentors in place. However, the coordination of career management practices in college environments varies from campus to campus. Ideally, Career Centers, faculty, administration, students and employers should work together to achieve successful employment after graduation – there should be a co-ownership of employment outcomes. During this facilitated discussion, learn how strong partnerships, active student organizations, employer plans and engagement can help build strong futures.

Presenter: Bob Franco, Seton Hall University

Creating "CHAMPs": A New Mentor Program Model for Undergraduate Students

At Seton Hall University, The Career Center, the Communication Advisory Board and the Department of Communication and the Arts joined together to create a new and exciting mentor program. Currently in its third year, CHAMPs (Communication Honors Associates Mentor Program) pairs undergraduate students with successful SHU alumni to learn firsthand about becoming a professional and the opportunities that lie ahead for them. This session will focus on the creation,development and maintenance of the program and will share information and suggestions for those who value mentoring relationships for their students.

Presenter: Reesa Greenwald, Seton Hall University

Student Success: What College Professors Can Do to Best Prepare a Student for Success in the Science and Environmental Field After College

As a College Professor of Biology and the Environmental Sciences for over 11 years, I have learned how to best "prep" my students for the "real world". Not an instant $100K/yr. cushy job but the REAL world...and to feel blessed to be offered that opportunity! As an employer I can also explain the various types of (job) angst students are facing when trying to prepare for that next stage of their lives.

Presenter: Pamela Lynch, SCCC- SUNY Suffolk

Promoting Sales and Other Unpopular Careers

Sales and retail account for the majority of entry level career opportunities. There are thousands of companies eager to recruit our students, but our students do not apply. How many times have we heard, “I didn’t go to college to sell fill in product here!” This workshop will share best practices on how to educate students on the career growth in sales and introduce them to the breadth of industries seeking college-level talent. The focus will be on a highly successful panel program and a hands-on learning experience, the ‘Retail Safari.’ The power of partnering with professional organizations and strategic relationships will also be explored.

Presenter: Donna Robertson, Seton Hall University

The Importance and Impact of Creating Unique Career Connections

Creating a unique, industry-specific networking event for college students and employers isn't always easy, but it's highly effective in that it can provide a platform for valuable career connections to occur. Forming strategic partnerships, identifying a clear theme and finding an interesting, relevant place to host your event are all part of the process. In this session, Campus Philly will provide a summary of their industry-specific career programs and how they benefit both students and employers.

Presenter: Ashlie Thornbury, Campus Philly

How Students Succeed: Cognitive vs. Technical Skill in the Workplace

Are you a recruiter who is frustrated by a talent pool that has great technical skill but lacks initiative, critical thinking, and persistence? Are you unhappy with how unprepared students are during their interviews? Do you struggle to understand why students are lacking a holistic mindset in career development? Come and learn more about this ever-growing population and gain insight on how to deal with the issues they face. This workshop will highlight a variety of findings from Paul Tough's new book "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character"?. Tough introduces a new concept to professionals by using tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character development and its connection to the level of success one can achievement in life. Best practices and examples will be shared to help employers and counselors assist students in building better paths as they transition to the world of work.

Presenter: China Wilson, Trinity Washington University

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