Higher Ed in 2015: A Year for Career Preparedness

Will 2015 be the year of career prep? Recruiters want it. Students want it. But time and again we see that it’s not happening.

At Seelio our mission is to create and connect the world’s most prepared students to amazing and important work. We see college as an important time for students to develop skills and interests that set them on a path for lifelong learning. Our goal is to help students connect the dots between what they learn in and outside of the classroom with their career goals.

A summary statement of Seelio's mission

As we focus in on a new year of opportunity for supporting students and their institutions with better career preparedness, we wanted to take time to see where students stand so we can be a better advocate and partner for them throughout their educational journey.

We surveyed a sample of students on Seelio about their skills and workplace preferences and as we looked for correlations in their responses, we found that respondents fell into one of five categories:

  • Structure Seekers
  • Early Stagers
  • Traditionalists
  • Opportunity Seekers
  • Worker Bees

Categories of student respondents from Seelio Career Survey

While this is only one cross-section of our student members, it helps us focus in on their career goals and how we can help them solidify, document, and articulate their skills so that by the time they graduate they can find the workplace best suited to their unique skills and abilities.

We also captured additional insights from our survey in one-page career conversation guides for students, career services teams, and employers.

We’re excited about a number of new research initiatives we’re launching to further explore how we can help students connect learning to greater career preparedness and how by doing so, we can increase persistence and retention so more students graduate and find real value from their education.

Are you passionate about student success? We know that it takes a village and we’re always looking for partners in this effort. Let’s work together to create the world’s most prepared students!

Partner Spotlight: Differentiating Programs Through Brand Ambassadors

DOCUMENTING DIFFERENTIATORS WITH BRAND AMBASSADORS

Each of our partners has a story they want to tell about their programs. Whether it’s the impact of experiential learning, the flexibility of online courses, or a commitment to career preparedness, institutions are recognizing that current students can be the perfect brand ambassadors to give a real perspective of what learning looks like in their college or university.

“Eduventures data indicates that for the first time, current students are on par with parents as influencers of prospective students’ enrollment decisions. Inviting members of your community—from students and faculty to alumni—to participate by spreading simple ideas in their own words can foster community-wide engagement and generate authentic content for both recruitment and fundraising purposes.”

PORTFOLIOS AS EVIDENCE FOR YOUR PROGRAMS

Larry Burns, Vice President of External Affairs at the University of Toledo, consistently looks for innovative ways to showcase the power of a UT degree. In this brief video, he shares how implementing Seelio in two colleges at the university enabled students to serve as brand ambassadors, documenting evidence of the skills they were building and how their UT degree sets them apart. Hear more of his perspective in this short video:

 

Want to learn more? Hear Mr. Burns speak about the value of a true partnership in edtech or hear from other Seelio partners about how they’re creating more prepared students with student lifecycle portfolios.

See how we go beyond ePortfoliosExplore student work on Seelio

Partner Spotlight: A Dean Shares How Seelio Portfolios Help His Program Show Its Value to Students

SHOWCASING STUDENT TALENT WITH PORTFOLIOS

One of our favorite things about working in higher education is getting to see the diverse array of talents that students bring to their college communities. While a student’s musical talents or previous community organizing experience might be shared with a few close friends, online portfolios allow for students across degree programs, and even across campuses, to showcase the many things they have accomplished both inside and outside the classroom. As more and more students aren’t coming to college directly from high school, the need to capture and relate past life experiences to current learning has only increased.

PORTFOLIOS AS A WAY TO PROVE VALUE

Our partners recognize the value that portfolios bring to their college communities. In a recent interview, Scott TitsworthDean of the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, shared challenges the college faces, many of which are common across institutions of higher education, such as:

  • Competing for a smaller slice of students
  • Presenting a compelling narrative to students about the value-added experience that they will have in a degree program
  • Showing students exactly what it looks like to move closer to their career goals through a specific degree program

Dean Titsworth also shared how using Seelio as a digital identity solution helps the Scripps College of Communication face these challenges head on. See his response in this short video:

 

Want to learn more? Hear Dean Titsworth speak about the value of portfolios in assessing students or hear from other Seelio partners about how they’re creating more prepared students with student lifecycle portfolios.

See how we go beyond ePortfoliosExplore student work on Seelio