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 Update — July 2018 to April 2019

The Career Center is poised to serve as a catalyst for community-driven career integration across the TU campus by focusing on the following outcomes for all TU students:

  • Knowledge
    Obtain knowledge of major and applied career options

    Expanded the two-credit Personal Life and Career Planning course to 18 sections; offered a minimester Study Abroad section in London January 2019

    Conducted first Career Center-directed graduation outcomes data collection; increased knowledge rate for the class of 2018 to 68% and provided college-level analysis of outcomes

  • Experiential Learning
    Complete at least one experiential opportunity that supports development as a professional and aligns with career interests

    Launched Tiger L.E.A.P., a Job Shadowing (“One-day Internship”) pilot in conjunction with the STEM Career Community; over 60 students participated in visits to sites across the region
  • Career-Ready Competencies
    Develop career-readiness competencies and the ability to identify and articulate personal brand/value propositions

     

    Continued participation in the USM B.E.S.T Initiative with a phase two pilot of the leadership digital badge with 75 students across multiple campus departments

    Reconfigured an existing Career Center position to support financial literacy education efforts across campus in partnership with the TU Financial Literacy Working Group

    Integrated career-readiness competencies into all section of the First Year Experience

    Launched Career Ready Skills website to support students’ awareness and articulation of employer-demanded, cross-functional skills

  • Networking
    Establish a professional network via connections to individuals and organizations

    Introduced Career Communities to campus with the hiring of an assistant director of Career Communities; launched a fully-staffed STEM Career Community with designated space, career coaching and external relationship development; debuted the Media, Arts and Communication (MAC) Career Community with the hiring of the MAC career coach

    Established Diversity Works Networking Reception to precede each semester’s career fair to better connect TU’s diverse students to employers committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace

  • Lifelong Engagement
    The opportunity to engage as alumni in ongoing career management to achieve evolving goals

    Worked with Alumni Relations to continue exploring options for the establishment of a career mentor database; partnered on multiple events and programs connecting alumni and students

A full update tracking progress during the 2018-2019 academic year will be available summer 2019. For more information see the 2017-2018 Progress Update

Progress toward a Lifelong Career Center

This change in mindset and action has allowed for the growth of an ecosystem that encourages all campus stakeholders to engage in supporting student success. 

  • In working to shape our students’ futures through connections, the Career Center has made progress in establishing career communities that will provide targeted support.  
  • Inroads have been made to expand career content into the curriculum, including a career-readiness pilot in the First Year Experience and the expansion of the two-credit life and career planning course.
  • The Handshake career management platform implementation resulted in a 142 percent increase in opportunities for TU students.
  • The first annual report on career outcomes of TU’s graduating class (PDF) was published.
  • This past year the Career Center began a new, more strategic approach to external relations that included a focus on employer education and outreach.
  • Significant progress was made around several initiatives aimed at expanding the campus conversation around the value of employer-demanded career-readiness competencies.

Read more about our progress in this report: Shaping Futures through Connections: Progress Toward a Lifelong Career Center (PDF).

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