Creating equitable access to career education for students is crucial for universities to effectively meet the diverse and evolving needs of their student populations. To accomplish equitable access, universities can weave career services into the fabric of the institution.
As reported in the 2022 National Alumni Career Mobility survey, recent CWRU alumni report they received helpful career advice from faculty and staff members. In an effort to support those who are having these conversations with students, Case Western Reserve University’s Career Center is launching the Career Champions program. This new initiative will allow the university to reach more students, offering tailored assistance to foster career development, job and experiential education search assistance, planning for advanced education, and lifelong learning.
The Career Center is accepting applications for faculty, staff and select graduate students to participate in the inaugural Career Champions program at Case Western Reserve University. The program will cover a variety of topics to support students in career education. Participants in the Career Champions program will learn how to:
Help students make informed career choices and explore majors;
Promote networking opportunities;
Offer valuable guidance;
Understand industry insights and graduate program competitiveness; and
Bridge the gap between academic knowledge and practical career skills.
The program also will cover resources to help participants embed career into their curricula and examine existing tools that could help them connect courses with career. The Career Champions program will include 10 sessions between February and November, with a break during the summer. Meetings will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays:
While program participants do not need to attend all sessions, the number of sessions they complete will indicate their status level:
Two sessions: Career Champion Beginner
Four sessions: Career Champion Intermediate
Six sessions: Career Champion Advanced
Eight sessions: Career Champion Expert
10 sessions: Career Champion All-Star
Topical areas covered during these sessions will include aspects of career exploration, career development, and internships and experiential learning.
Those interested in being part of the inaugural cohort of the Career Champions program should fill out the online application, or contact Krittika Grau, senior associate director of career education, at email@example.com with questions.