Career Exploration Week
To better expose students to career opportunities, educate them on employability skills such as skill articulation and networking, and reach students in areas that destination data demonstrates there is opportunity, Career Exploration Week (CEW) launched in October. Each CEW will focus on a theme, identified from those careers with high student interest, especially from Harpur students; lower employer presence for on-campus recruiting and Job & Internship Fair participation; less formalized or obvious recruiting processes; and that are in competitive and in-demand fields.
The first CEW was held Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, and focused on careers in science and health fields.
What is unique about CEW? It includes large-scale on- and off-campus collaboration from the planning stages through to program development and promotion; it covers niche career education, experiential education, and opportunities for professional networking in a condensed week; it includes local site visits, both on- and off-campus; and, through a collaboration with Educational Communications, sessions were recorded and archived.
Collaborators for the first CEW included Courtney Ignarri, undergraduate advisor in psychology; Julian Shepherd, associate professor of biological sciences; Steve Snyder from UHS; Fran Srnka-Debnar, clinical associate professor of nursing; Michelle Jones, Harpur academic advising; Ashley Serbonich Harpur academic advising; Joyce Kruger-Knuepfer, instructional support associate for environment sciences; as well as staff from the Mood Disorders Institute and the Anxiety Clinic on campus.
The CEW will fulfill a career education and networking need for career fields that were less covered through the Career Development Center (CDC) in the past, and educate and encourage students to explore these fields as possible career options.
The first CEW attracted 300 students and many other students have visited the CDC website to viewed the videotaped sessions. As a result, some students have secured internships and pursued other opportunities.
The next CEW is scheduled for the spring 2014 semester and will focus on communications, media and entertainment fields.