Integrating career exploration and professional development activities into the academic experience is beneficial for students and instructors. The University Career Center has conducted several surveys to assess the impact of class assignments. Review our findings below.
Increase in awareness of career options (PSYC100). The Introduction to Psychology course implemented three low time-commitment career orientated assignments. In the two pilot semesters, students reported significantly more positive attitude toward the career center, a greater awareness of what employers seek, and stronger intentions to pursue an internship.
Increase in knowledge of internship search resources and effective application materials (EDCP108i). Students complete two surveys: a pre-course survey conducted in the first Module and a post-course survey conducted in the last Module. Highlights from the 2017-2018 academic year with 268 student respondents are provided below.
- Increase in students’ ability to describe many of the career development services and resources that UMD provides (+69 percentage points).
- In post-course survey, 98% of students stated they knew how to use Careers4Terps (C4T) to find internships and jobs.
Increase in knowledge of available resources and career readiness skills (PSYC123). Surveyed students before and after completing The Psychology of Getting Hired course and found that student’s attitudes and perceptions regarding their career readiness skills positively changed after completing course. Highlighted results are below.
- Increase in the number of students who agreed at the end of the course that they had a strong professional profile (+49 percentage points) and could find and network with alumni (+46 percentage points).
- Students reported improvements in their ability to find reliable information about employers (+58%) and conduct informational interviews (+56%) with employers and alumni.
- Hands-on course activities that provide personalized insight for students appear to be helpful to many students. Roughly two-thirds of students started the course with a good sense of their strengths and career interest, and after completing three modules that increased by 13 percentage points to 79%, with only 4% (12 students) reporting that they did not.
Connect in-classroom learning with career path options for deeper classroom engagement: Students who can see the connection between in class learning and post-graduation opportunities are more engaged in coursework.
Make the connections explicit and give concrete examples in the course syllabus.
Students don’t always see the value in some skill specific class activities. They are, in some cases, overconfident in their preparedness to enter their field of work. Read how some faculty have brought the conversation into the classroom.