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Your students are certifiable Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Your Students are Certifiable!Help Us List the Ways
    Anita Yoder, Goshen College CDPI Spring Conference
    Liz Bushnell, Manchester College April 8, 2011
  • 2. Agenda
    Introductions
    Overview of CDPI Career Award Initiative
    Program Goals & Benefits
    Review of Other Programs
    National Career Readiness Certificate
    CDPI Career Award Draft
    Initial Employer Feedback
    Group Discussions
    Next Steps
  • 3. Goals & Benefits
    Aim to develop a statewide standard to certify students’ preparation for professional work which can be adapted to the individual needs of colleges and universities
    Benefits
    Consistency among schools
    Resources and ideas for implementation
    Recognized achievement among employers
    Validation of career services’ role
    Challenges
    Balancing consistency with adaptability
    Marketing to all users (schools, students, employers)
  • 4. Review of Other Programs
    University of Southern Indiana – Career Certificate
    Ball State University – Advanced Professionalism Certificate
    Ivy Tech – Career Start Program
    University of Pittsburg – Outside the Classroom Curriculum
    Xavier University – Business Profession Program
  • 5. National Career Readiness Certificate
    Purpose of NCRC
    Examples of Skills - standards
    Set benchmarks for essential foundation skills for employability
    Identify candidates with those skills
    Help candidates without those skills gain them
  • 6. Utilization in Indiana
    Promoted via WorkOne
    Will assess jobs to identify essential skills
    Offer candidate testing in skills
    Employer Response
    Comparison to proposed CDPI Program
    NCRC focuses on skills at all levels, does not address experience or fit
    CDPI program complements NCRC efforts, might be used in combination
    Possibility for cross-promotion and DWD endorsement
  • 7. Professional Career Readiness Initiative
    Professional Identity: Students develop an understanding of their professional strengths and weaknesses, working style, workplace preferences and use these to evaluate their personal fit for specific jobs, employers and professions. Students also learn effective means to convey their professional identity and to promote themselves as candidates in the job market.
    Students must complete at least one (1) self-assessment activity, which may include:
    Career assessments such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, Self Directed Search, or StrengthsQuest
    Career development class/seminar
    Information interviews and analysis
     
    Students must complete at least two (2) self-marketing activities, which may include:
    Resume or cover letter review
    Completed LinkedIn profile
    Mock interview
    Career services workshop or program
    Development of elevator speech
    Professional portfolio
    Job search strategies class/seminar
  • 8. Indiana Collegiate Career Competency Award
    Professional Experience: Students apply their academic learning to a professional environment to strengthen understanding of their field and to graduate with marketable experience. Students also learn professional etiquette, networking and other workplace practices to transition successfully from student to professional.
    Students must complete at least two (2) activities to gain professional experience, which may include:
    Job shadowing or volunteer work
    Professional conferences or active membership in professional association
    Externship or other workplace project
    Internship, practicum or other field placement
    Students must complete at least one (1) activity to develop professional practices, which may include:
    Class or workshop on professionalism
    Etiquette dinner
    Networking event or training
  • 9. Indiana Collegiate Career Competency Award
    Professional Skills: Students learn communication and other transferrable skills most highly sought by employers, as identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) annual Job Outlook Survey.
    Students must complete at least two (2) activities to develop professional skills, one of which must focus on communication skills. Examples include:
    Workshop, class or program focused on skill training
    Leadership role on campus or in work
    Internship, practicum or other field placement
  • 10. Employer Feedback
    Influential credential in hiring decisions
    Would prompt questions in an interview
    Experience category is particularly important
    Addresses key skills and knowledge that employers value
    Liked professional practices, communication emphasis and professional identity
    Could be a “tie breaker” among candidates
    Other criteria suggested by employers
    More emphasis on volunteer work
  • 11. Employer Feedback
    Ideas for marketing the program
    Promote through HR groups
    Representatives from each school promote to their local employers
    Feedback on the name
    Include variation of “professional”
    “Competency” seems weak or average
    “Award” sounds like a medal – maybe certificate, endorsement or accreditation
    Ensure acronym isn’t used elsewhere
  • 12. Discussion Groups
    • Do the requirements best capture the career skills and knowledge employers value?
    • 13. Are there other criteria you would like to see represented in this program?
    • 14. Is this something you would promote? Does it complement (or duplicate) anything that you already have in place?
    • 15. What ideas do you have for implementing this at your own school? What challenges do you foresee?
    • 16. What ideas do you have for promoting this to employers?
  • Next Steps
    Finalize name and criteria with feedback from membership
    Should we ask membership to vote and approve this?
    Pursue feedback and endorsements from Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indiana State Chamber
    What other organizations would help us perfect this and gain recognition?
    Establish tracking & implementation system
    What would make this useful for implementation at your school?
    Market to schools & employers for utilization
  • 17. Thanks, everyone!