Higher Ed in 2015: A Year for Career Preparedness

by Moses

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!