Looking to add career-related content to your class, team, or club gathering? Send CES a program request!
Want to partner on a department-wide program that supports students in their major? Reach out to Sue Dahlin.
For faculty and staff members who advise students in various capacities, we appreciate your partnership in supporting Logger students’ career development. You are among their most important points of contact for information about identifying career possibilities.
As an early influencer, you have the opportunity to shape student expectations of career development by helping them recognize that it’s a process they can begin now. Students who begin to evaluate their interests, research options, and use Career & Employment Services (CES) early on will be better prepared to conduct a successful post-graduation job search. Your support is key.
CES has developed a variety of services and resources to assist you with career advising topics. If you can’t find the topic you’re searching for below, please send CES an email or call 253.879.3161.
Do you supervise student staff members? You can find additional resources on CES’ Campus Supervisor pages.
Bringing employers and alumni to your class, department, student staff meeting, or gathering of students in a club that you sponsor can be an engaging method for introducing students to career pathways and possibilities. Here are ways to find speakers:
- Join Logger Link. Puget Sound’s Mentorship Network is a resource where you can identify alumni who might be willing to visit campus to speak with students. Alumni have joined the network because they want to support students’ career development, so this is a great place to search for speakers and panelists. (Please also refer alumni to join, to help grow the network!)
- CES can coordinate — with appropriate notification — a presentation tailored specifically to your class or student group. Complete a Program Request Form to get the process started.
- CES is well connected. Many employers offer to speak to groups of students, present case studies, and meet one-to-one with members of the Puget Sound community. If you’re interested in making these kinds of connections with an employer in support of Puget Sound students, please send us an email or call 253.879.3161.
- Want to partner on a department-wide program that supports students in their major? Reach out to Sue Dahlin to discuss options. Examples of recent programs include:
- Direct employers to our Employer page to post jobs and internships for Puget Sound students.
- Often times, employers contact faculty members hoping to make direct connections with Puget Sound students.In these instances, CES agrees with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) guidelines about candidate referrals: “At first glance, it may seem harmless to provide the names of your best students. However, there are some potential legal and ethical pitfalls…“Please point recruiters to CES so that we can offer employers access to our entire range of services, and ensure that their hiring process is fair and equitable.
- Regarding references, NACE provides this guidance:”If you are asked by an employer to provide a written or oral reference for a student, either you or the school must have prior written authorization from the student, and you should provide information that is based on facts, not conjecture, and not on personal information unrelated to the student’s qualifications for the job in question. If you are unclear of what you can and cannot share, contact your career services office for information and direction. NACE’s sample faculty reference letter template provides general guidance that may be useful.Rationale: You may expose yourself and your institution to legal liability if you share protected students’ information without their permission, or limit a student’s opportunities through opinion or speculation or by sharing irrelevant information.”
Here’s the full NACE Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Hiring article on these topics. Have questions? CES is happy to consult with you.
Where are your students headed once they graduate?
We find that we’re most successful in assisting students with career planning when we follow the successes of our Puget Sound graduates. Each year, we track the first-destination plans of the graduating class.
If you have the inside scoop on the plans of a student, please drop us a line or call us at 253.879.3161 to share the information.
The primary responsibility of an Academic Internship Faculty Sponsor is to work with the Student Intern to develop an academic syllabus comparable to the syllabus of any upper-division course in the curriculum and to provide on-going feedback relating to academic work.
Students receive academic credit for complementary academic work which augments their internship fieldwork experience. Students partner with their Faculty Sponsor to create an academic syllabus to be included in their Academic Internship (Faculty Sponsored) Learning Agreement which is due to the Internship Coordinator by the add deadline of each term. Essential components of the syllabus include:
- A list of academic topics/questions to be addressed
- A list of learning objectives to be achieved
- The reading and/or research requirements relevant to the topics and learning objectives
- The assignments or progress reports (including due dates)
- A final project, paper, report, or thesis
- The regular schedule of days and meeting times consisting of at least 35 hours for independent research and consultation with the Faculty Sponsor
- The date during final examination period for the student to submit a Self-Assessment/Site Evaluation
- The grading criteria
Complete Academic Internship Guidelines, as approved by the Curriculum Committee on April 18, 2008 include:
- General overview of Academic Internship units
Students have access to the following resources. You are also welcome to register for and use these resources as you work with students.
Logger Link: Puget Sound’s mentorship network. Profiles of Logger alumni provide information and inspiration for students regarding career paths and graduate schools. Students are encouraged to reach out to alumni for informational interviews. You are invited to join the network, explore with your student advisees, and also use the platform to identify alumni for classroom visits or career-related events on campus.
Handshake: Puget Sound’s career-development platform. This is how students interact with CES, apply for jobs and internships, and register for career events. You are welcome to sign up for an account, to use the platform with your student advisees.
PathwayU: Interactive assessment tools and occupation profiles introduce students to information about career paths that match their interests, values, personality, and preferences for a work environment. You are welcome to register and explore the tool — try the assessments, for instance, to better understand how they might be useful to students.
In all cases, CES is happy to provide you with a guided tour of these resources and can offer insight as to how they might be useful to as you advise students.
What else can you do to support students’ career development?
- Promote CES resources and events* to students to help them utilize valuable career development resources early on. In surveys of Puget Sound graduates, they often comment that they wish they’d started using the available career services and resources earlier. (Subscribe to the C3 newsletter to keep tabs on what’s happening in CES.)
- Help build alumni connections for your students by encouraging alumni from your department to join Logger Link.
- Help get jobs and internships in front of students by inviting employers to post opportunities on our Employer page.
- Refer students to CES when they ask about…
Whether a student is beginning to evaluate interests, is ready to investigate career fields, or is prepared to research organizations and conduct a full-scale search, CES has resources at every point of their decision-making process.
- Personalized career advising with a CES team member.
- PathwayU: A self-guided web assessment tool and occupation profiles helps students discover career options.
- TruMotivate: A professionally-interpreted career assessment, helps students identify potential career fields. (Students take the online assessment, and then meet with a CES advisor to discuss the results.)
- Logger Link — Puget Sound’s Mentorship Network — includes Puget Sound alumni who’ve volunteered to be information resources for students interested in connecting with professionals in specific fields.
CES has resources for students seeking all types of work and internship experiences. Opportunities are available on and off-campus in part-time, full-time, temporary, and summer or seasonal roles. Resources for identifying local and national internships, whether they be for-credit, not-for-credit, paid or unpaid opportunities are also available. Encourage students to start their search at CES with these resources:
- One-to-one assistance with search preparation includes resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn critiques; interviewing tips; and job/internship search techniques.
- Handshake lists all opportunities, whether they be job or internship; on campus, local, regional, national, international; part-time, full-time, temporary, or seasonal.
- Career Fairs bring to campus employers with a variety of opportunities. Part-time, full-time, and seasonal jobs and internships are all available. All students are encouraged to attend.
Students have options to gain insight to their career development process through academic work.
- Internships for credit
CES is primed to help students identify and compete for internships, as well as navigate the for-credit process.
- Experiential Learning Courses
CES team members teach sections of the EL Career Development Sequence, including EXLN 101 and 401 — Intro to EL and career awareness, and Career Launch.
*Willing to help CES promote events to Logger students? You could…
- Make an announcement about upcoming events during class, team, or club meetings.
- Hang event posters on your office door or in your department.
- Comment on and share CES’ Instagram posts on your department, group, or personal accounts.
- Ask advisees and student staff members if they plan to attend. Share why you’d recommend the event.
Check the CES Event Resources below for posters, slideshows, and other event-related resources for you to download.
Thank you for helping to spread the word!