PANEL & ROUNDTABLE: Preparing Students To Land The Jobs of Today and Tomorrow (90 mins)
- Preparing students to land the jobs of today and tomorrow (Saskia Campbell)
- Session attendees will learn about Chaos Theory of Careers, latest hiring practices used by college recruiters and examples of competency-based grading techniques to elevate students’ confidence in the job search. Three employers from different industries will show how they assess job candidates on the most in-demand transferable, career readiness skills applicable to any discipline or job role: critical thinking, communication and collaboration/teamwork. Two faculty will share activities they use in the classroom to support these learning objectives. The facilitated discussion between faculty and employers will seek to bridge the divide between learning outcomes and skills.
- Advancing Undergraduates' Job Seeking Skills (Dann Sklarew)
- Mason's 2014-2024 strategic plan aims for "100,000 career-ready graduates" able to pursue "successful careers." Still, one in five graduates report NOT having a "positive career outcome" within six months of graduation. What can we do in our classrooms to improve their timely career success? This session will demonstrate how partnerships with University Career Services, local employers and industry mentors can prepare upper level undergraduates to develop critical job-seeking skills. We illustrate how to integrate career readiness activities - such as networking, cover letter writing, informational and mock job interviews - into an upper level "Business and Sustainability" course (EVPP 322) for majors and interested peers. Course alumni have applied this learning to secure real-world job interviews and even to "get the job!" Session participants will benefit from examining how these career readiness activities may be adapted to their own curricula.
- High Hopes: Establishing Expectations for Internship Experiences (Amanda Caswell and Candance Parham)
- As we prepare students to embark on internship experiences, we must provide a clear plan for success. Students often question what they should expect from their site and supervisor, but are we spending enough time informing them about what the supervisor and site expect? Utilizing a checklist of items, academic programs can assist with initial meetings and discussions between student and site supervisor. This method can provide quality assurance measures that student and supervisor are aware of programmatic as well as site specific regulations and expectations. This session will present a method of establishing programmatic expectations as well as how to incorporate internship site and supervisor expectations before students begin their experience. Participants will engage in developing their own expectations tool that can be implemented within their program.