Lifelong Career Center

We will create a world-class, lifelong Career Center with services and support for students, alumni, and the greater community seeking professional guidance and navigational tools throughout their careers.

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Creating a world-class, lifelong Career Center is one of eight presidential priorities that are linked to and aligned with Towson University’s strategic plan. These eight priorities will help us build a stronger foundation for Towson University’s promising future. 

Why is a Lifelong, World-Class Career Center Critical? 

Factors such as rising costs and student loan debt, technological advances, calls for accountability, and changing demographics have resulted in a paradigm shift in career development. While outmoded models were transactional in nature and focused on vocational guidance, job placement, and career counseling, the needs of our current environment require a focus on campus-wide commitments to innovation and collaboration framed within an emerging connected communities model. As posited by field thought leaders, the mission of the career center of the future is to build meaningful connections through partnerships and develop career communities of learners and networkers that engage students and alumni for a lifetime. TU is poised to foster a campus-wide career ecosystem that has defined career outcomes and is led and supported by a world-class Career Center which leverages the talents and relationships of the TU community in a way that is scalable, accessible, and efficient.

How Will We Do It?  

The outcomes the TU Career-Readiness Task Force established will be accomplished through the formation of a career ecosystem across campus that is led by the efforts of the Career Center and supported by college-based career communities. Effectiveness will rely on reaching and engaging every student, early-on, with personalized and easy/anytime access that is scalable and relationship-based. View the membership of the Career-Readiness Task Force (PDF) and the Task Force Recommendations (PDF).

Specifically, Towson University’s commitment to student and alumni career readiness will result in every TU graduate having the five outcomes listed below.

Progress Updates

JAnuary 2018

1. Obtained knowledge of major and applied career options.
2017-2018 Action:

  • Career-focused session during orientation for all incoming freshmen (summer 2017) and a session option for incoming transfer students (winter 2018)
  • Presence on families panel during Admissions Open House events; planned session during TU4U (spring 2018)
  • Piloting an FYE section including career-readiness competencies and a more intentional focus on career issues
  • Three additional (for a total of 8) GENL 121 sections will be offered spring 2018; an online GENL 121 session will be offered summer 2018; GENL 121 study abroad course (TU Career Exploration and Professional Development in the UK) has been approved for January 2019
  • Staff of the Academic Advising Center and Career Center met several times during fall 2017 (webinars, trainings, joint retreat) to explore additional areas of collaboration and coordination
  • First Destination Survey for the class of 2018 was launched via the new Handshake tool December 2017
  • Handshake, a student-focused, centralized Career Management System, replaced Hire@TU and launched summer 2017

2. Completed at least one experiential opportunity that supports development as a professional and aligns with career interests.
2017-2018 Action:

  • Cross-Campus Internship Coordinating Committee is working on a campus-wide student internship handbook/resource (estimated completion summer 2018)
  • BTU Council and Cross-Campus Internship Coordinating Committee continue to work to encourage internship site reporting via the BTU Salesforce database; met with Chairs to gain support (fall 2017)
  • Internship 101 session for employers being held at TU (March 2018) in conjunction with Baltimore Collegetown and Maryland Career Consortium

3. Developed career-readiness competencies and the ability to identify and articulate their brand/value propositions.
2017-2018 Action:

  • Continued participation in the USM Digital Badging initiative focused on offering students the opportunity to learn, develop, and articulate employer-demanded career-readiness competencies
  • StrengthsQuest completion is a requirement on all incoming students’ To-Do List starting summer 2017
  • Surveying of employers’ perceptions of TU students’ career readiness commenced fall 2017; will continue through spring 2018
  • Piloting career-readiness competency inclusion in a 2017-18 FYE section; assessing learning outcomes around career-readiness competencies in all 13 GENL 121 sections
  • Expanded website presence/content focused on career-readiness competencies planned for spring 2018

4. Established their professional network via connections to individuals and organizations.
2017-2018 Action:

  • Associate Director of External Relations (re-classed position/new hire) started January 2018
  • Conversations with TU colleges to launch the first college-based Career Community have been in progress since fall 2017
  • Joint student/employer service project to promote non-traditional networking will launch spring 2018
  • BTU Corporate Collaborations Working Group has formed and is exploring strategies for coordinating corporate relationships across campus
  • Pre-Fair Employer workshops have been planned and are expanding spring 2018
  • New employer-focused marketing materials are being developed by Creative Services
  • Industry-focused start-up fair being planned in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Commerce (spring 2018)

5. The opportunity to engage as alumni in on-going career management to achieve evolving goals.
2017-2018 Action:

  • In conjunction with the Alumni Board, a platform to host a more robust and functional mentor database (CampusTap) has been selected; waiting on product updates to ensue ADA compliance
  • Alumni-Only Career Fair being planned with the Maryland Career Consortium (June 2018)