Hardwiring Student Engagement with Career Development

Topics: Student Affairs, Student Experience, Career Services

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Executive Summary

The rising cost of college, unprecedented levels of student loan debt, and unemployment among college graduates has led students, parents, and other stakeholders to ask tough questions about the true ROI of a college education. Career services can be a key differentiator for institutions looking to prove their value in this difficult and increasingly tuition-dependent environment.

Many students, however, ignore these services for too long and don’t use them either effectively or strategically. This study explores how leading institutions are promoting early student engagement with career development by coupling services with key student milestones, encouraging students to systematically explore career options, make informed choices, and set themselves up for postgraduate success.


By reading this study, members will learn:

  • How to engage prospective students in career development during recruitment
  • Strategies for embedding career development into the first year experience
  • Techniques for integrating career considerations into major selection
  • Ways to prepare students for postgraduate success

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