Developing Career Services for Traditionally-Underserved Students

Employment Outcomes and Career Programming

Topics: Community College, Career Services, Student Experience, Student Affairs

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This report examines institutional strategies to increase employment outcomes for traditionally underserved student groups (e.g., adult learners, English as a Second Language (ESL) students, international students, first generation students, students with disabilities). Specifically, the brief reviews how institutions identify employment outcomes and develop employment support structures for traditionally underserved student groups.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Career services offices do not dedicate resources expressly to improve employment outcomes for traditionally-underserved students.

    2. Develop one-on-one advising, workshops, and career fairs to improve students’ networking, resume construction, interviewing, and job search skills.

    3. Connect students with local and non-local employers during career fairs, networking sessions, and through online job boards.

    4. Incorporate questions on institutional surveys to gather demographic data designed to track employment outcomes for traditionally-underserved students.