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, Alumni Career Services, Advancement, Alumni Affairs

Involvement Calibration Matrix

Making Alumni Engagement Easy

Carleton College’s Opportunity Matrix1

As part of a broader effort to increase alumni involvement, Carleton College’s career service office developed a one-page matrix that lists the various programs and opportunities for alumni involvement. The goal of these programs is to create more ways for students to learn about different career paths.

Making Alumni Engagement Easy

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Facilitating Quick Comparisons

Matrix Helps Alumni Find Opportunities That Fit Their Schedules1

The matrix provides alumni information about the length, peak times, location, and depth of the relationships. It also highlights details around the level of student immersion, skills developed, and amount of contact with the Carleton community. The matrix allows alumni to compare volunteer opportunities side by side.

Facilitating Quick Comparisons

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A Multitude of Benefits

Matrix Yields Results for Students, Alumni, and Career Services

Although the institution has not yet formally assessed outcomes from the matrix, interviewees report that the document has been very popular with alumni. Anecdotally, career offi ce staff think it has been useful in recruiting more alumni to participate in the range of career development opportunities.

A Multitude of Benefits

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Proactive Student Profiles

Brokering Smarter Matches