UConn’s Center for Career Development has embarked on an initiative to establish a campus and community-wide culture of “Career Everywhere”. This model is based on the reality that students are not only seeking advice about their career aspirations and plans from the staff at the Career Center, but also from faculty, staff, alumni and employer partners. Career Everywhere helps to ensure that everyone a student may interact with regarding career readiness is equipped with the tools and referral resources needed to create consistent messaging for all of our Huskies! In support of Career Everywhere, the Center for Career Development sponsors a Career Champion program that identifies faculty, staff, alumni, and employer partners who are actively engaged in assisting students in determining and reaching their career goals.
Why Is Career Everywhere Important?
Eighty-eight percent of freshman cite their reason for attending college is to get a better job, (Gallup/Lumina poll. UCLA, CIRP, Gallup/IHE). This makes it critical to ensure those providing advice to UConn students have the resources and tools to provide sound career information and advice. We know that students receive information from faculty, University staff, family, friends and employers in addition to Career Center staff, which makes it imperative that the Career Center work closely with community members to provide the most up to date resources, trends, data and information to share with their students.
Career Everywhere spreads awareness and integration of career development and career competencies more broadly across our community in a way that ensures consistent messaging to students. It also provides an opportunity to bring those members of the Career Everywhere community together for training, discussions and brainstorming around career issues as they relate to UConn students in an effort to continue learning from one another and providing more comprehensive and specific information to our students.
About the Career Champion Program
In support of Career Everywhere, the Center for Career Development sponsors a Career Champion program that connects and engages faculty, staff, alumni, and employer partners who are actively assisting students in determining and reaching their career goals. The goals of the program include:
- • Opportunity to engage with the Career Center and be provided with the most up to date best practices in the career management discipline which include information about resources, trends, and data to share with students
- • Development and sharing of consistent language to use when discussing career-related topics
- • Build a community around career planning in support of UConn students by recruiting a critical mass of university professionals as well as alumni and employers who touch our students’ lives in a significant way, in an effort to impact every UConn students’ success post-graduation
The Career Champion Program is designed to be flexible, understanding that volunteers already have their plates full and asking them to do one more thing can be daunting. Career Champions can take an active role and attend workshops and receptions offered by the Center for Career Development or they can take a more passive role in receiving emails and newsletters with updates and content that they can read when time permits. We encourage everyone to become a Champion and look forward to celebrating your involvement.
Benefits to Becoming a Career Champion
In addition to continuing to help UConn students make more intentional career decisions and become more confident in their career plans, there are additional benefits you will find in being a part of the Career Champion community which include:
- • Invitation to Career Champion thank you events including late Fall reception and Spring Awards Breakfast where you’ll be recognized for your career-related work and contributions to Career Everywhere
- • Opportunity to learn from and network with faculty and staff and the Career Center who are doing this work, to develop additional skills, knowledge and ideas that will help you help students in the career space
- • Eligibility to be nominated for a special “Career Champion” award
- • Name/picture/organization displayed on the Center for Career Development website and on jumbo screen during the Career Fairs in Gampel Pavilion (starting Spring 2020)
- • Special invitations to Center events that feature employers, alumni, faculty and staff
- • A plaque that recognizes you as a “Career Champion” (participate in at least 2 semesters and attend at least 2 Center for Career Development sponsored training sessions/discussions during that time)
How Do I Become a Career Champion?We invite you to become a Career Champion by completing this brief survey. Information Sessions for those looking to learn more about the program or those who have already enrolled will be hosted monthly. You will be able to learn more about why you might want to participate, how you can make the most of what you are already doing around career, and ways you can deepen your knowledge and understanding of career decision-making. To inquire about the next information session, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Action Steps: Promoting Career Engagement
- • Become a Career Champion by completing the survey
- • Contribute to UConn’s comprehensive First Destination reporting by collaborating with the Center on their First Destination Survey, if you’ve hired any UConn students. Contact Lee Hameroff or Kay Gruder (for graduate student survey questions)
- • Write a blog for the Center for Career Development’s website (if you want to learn more, contact Evan McMunn)
- • Encourage students who may need assistance with career planning to utilize the resources offered by the Center for Career Development