Developing Next Generation Career Services

Strategies for Increasing Alumni and Employer Engagement

Topics: Internships and Co-Op Programs, Career Services, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Student Employment, Experiential Learning

"Success Stories Up and Down the Ladder"

Digital Wesleyan Provides New Ways for Alumni and Students to Connect

Overall, Wesleyan’s networking communities have been a success, with current students and alumni benefi ting from the interactions. Success stories include forming mentor relationships, securing internships, and finding venture capital funding. Once established, these communities require minimal time and resource investment from career services, which is attractive given current resource constraints.

The Council also recommends this practice because these communities can easily be tailored to an institution’s specifi c strengths and culture. For example, a school with a thriving arts community or a large presence in public service could focus communities on those terrains in order to broker richer interactions between students and alumni.

"Success Stories Up and Down the Ladder"

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Shifting from Sole Organizer to Key Resource

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