Career Development Office Launches New “Cluster” Model

Students can now receive tailored career guidance by choosing from one or more of seven career interest clusters.
Posted on October 18th, 2016 by

Cynthia Favre explains Handshake to senior management major Connor Perry.

The Gustavus Adolphus College Office of Career Development is implementing a new career interest cluster model this year that will allow students to receive resources and information tailored specifically to their prospective industries.

“How you look for a job in business is different than how you look for a job in healthcare,“ said Cynthia  Favre, Director of Career Development. “We now have people in our office who are focused on that and helping students to understand those differences.”

Through the Office of Career Development’s online platform (Handshake), students can self-identify in one or more of the seven career interest clusters, including a “still deciding” option. Then, instead of engaging with one career specialist for general questions, another specialist for internships, and yet another for job searching, students will meet with the specialist unique to their chosen cluster. Students will also receive specific messaging for each of the areas they’ve chosen, offering a more streamlined approach to career opportunities.

In addition to the new cluster model, Career Development has a number of other resources for students to take advantage of, both online and in the office. The career specialists deliver class presentations, are available for appointments, and host events. One new event this year is Real Life 101: Career, a weekly workshop that allows students to drop in to ask questions and learn about relevant topics, including first impressions and personal branding. The office also arranges for employers to visit campus throughout the academic year to give presentations,  interview students, and participate in job and internship fairs. For students that seek online resources, there is a digital career library, as well as modules on how to write resumes, networking, writing elevator speeches, and more.

Favre recommends that students schedule time to work on their career. She also says that while one of the hardest things for students to do is begin the process of planning for the future, the easiest way to get started is to join an online career interest cluster, or simply walk into the career development office.

“We have been doing a lot of work with our online platforms and the structure of our office, but it is exciting work. We are hoping that it will help students feel more connected and more engaged in career development,” said Favre.

To learn more about the Gustavus Office of Career Development, visit the departmental website.

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin
jakin@gustavus.edu
507-933-7510

 

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