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3 Rules of Engagement: Getting Your Students to Participate

Date: July 22 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: House

This session will explore strategies used by one Career Services Office to re-vamp its program offerings in order to increase student participation by over 40% in a one-month time period. As Career Services Professionals, we plan, we organize, we execute, and still we are left wondering why more students do not take advantage of such wonderful opportunities. Presenters will outline the three rules every professional should live by when planning career programming for college students. Following these rules and incorporating them into all of your program offerings will enable you to significantly improve attendance at your events. Attendees will connect with peers, compare practices, and collaborate to build effective strategies to help students reach career outcomes.

Presenter: Thao Nelson, Indiana University

Better Together: Managing Decentralization

Date:  July 22 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: Senate 3

U-M's decentralized career services model presents many challenges for both internal staff wishing to avoid redundancies in effort, and for employers who desire a streamlined approach to recruiting UM talent. The solution: the creation of the UM Career Services Network (CSN). This group, consisting of 20 career service offices with 15+ independent recruiting systems across 3 campuses, meets monthly and communicates virtually through active listserves and a LinkedIn community to collaborate, share best practices, and discuss current trends. One notable CSN accomplishment: the web portal "HireBlue.umich.edu". This initial landing spot assists employers in navigating our complex environment, locating appropriate career service contacts and relevant recruiting systems for their hiring needs. This has eased employer frustration, established more trust between colleagues, and provided more opportunities for our students across disciplines. Decentralized campuses often create a landscape of silos in which resources and employer relationships can remain closely guarded. This is exacerbated during times of leaner operating budgets. We wish to engage in a candid conversation about the challenges that the UM career service community faced in such an environment, and how the formation of an intact group is addressing that culture. Specific examples will be discussed including leveraging a communal voice surrounding institutional issues, opportunities for discussions with high level administrators, and securing campus-wide career resources. Of particular note is our employer portal. Participants will learn how this website was created and maintained at a low cost and minimal technical expertise.

Presenters: Genevieve Harclerode and Joanna Kroll, University of Michigan

Career Olympics: Preparing Students to Reach Their "Goal"d!

Date: July 22 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: Senate 2

Career Olympics is a 5-week, 5 session workshop series designed to prepare students for upcoming internships and full-time job employment. Each workshop included a guest speaker from the local community with expertise in that particular area, as well as an activity to further implement the session's objectives. Incentives were provided based on level of participation (gold, silver, bronze). Areas covered in Augustana's version included: Resumes, Interviewing (including a Mock Interview), Networking, Etiquette Dinner, and Professionalism.Come and learn how to go "500 miles beyond expectations"? and think outside of the box to engage students in all stages of the career development process!

Presenters: Kevin Carton, Kertesha Riley, and Leslie Scheck, Augustana College

Career Services Director's Dialogue: 500 Technology Products Beyond Our Expectations

Date: July 22 | 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Location: House

Are you inundated with the volume of vendors and start-up organizations contacting you to sell their Career Services related product? Are you currently evaluating vendors such as Glassdoor, ReadyForce, Recsolu and others? If so, this session is for you. We will discuss in round table style the numerous vendors and start-up organizations vying for our attention. What seems promising, what doesn't? Be prepared to discuss products you have used or are familiar with.

Presenters: Kerri Boivin and Garth Motschenbacher, University of Michigan

Career Services to Employer Communication: Are you meeting or exceeding expecations?

Date: July 23 | 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Location: Senate 1, 2, 3

We talk to employers about their outreach and visibility strategies on college campuses. What are we as career offices doing to communicate with employers? This session will review examples of communication and messaging originating from college career offices, including web site design, social media, newsletters, and employer advisory board use. Time will be made to hear participant's best practices as well! Presenters will also unveil the results of the 2014 Employer Communication Preferences Survey designed to analyze and understand employer communication needs. This session will appeal to those who wish to be more thoughtful about creating an employer communications strategy and enhancing their employer relationships beyond previous expectations!

Presenters: Jennifer Rogers, University of St. Thomas; Jason Eckert, University of Dayton

Catapulting Students Beyond Our Expectations

Date: July 22 | 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Location: Senate 2

Unfortunately, the accepted expectation for Career Center appointments and events is that student turnout will be poor or minimal. Students either wait too late to get the professional and career development help they need or, worse yet, they never invest time and effort during their collegiate experience to improve their career-readiness. This common challenge has been solved through an innovative partnership forged between the Meis Student Development Center (MSDC) in the Donald W. Scott College of Business at Indiana State University, Scott College faculty, and the ISU Career Center. This partnership culminated in development of the Catapult Professional Development Program, a co-curricular initiative that promotes student engagement in professional and career development with minimal administrative work on the part of faculty. This partnership has been tremendously helpful in increasing student awareness and participation with the Career Center and its events.

Presenters: Matthew Hetzel and Kimberly H. La Grange, Indiana State University

Charting the Course for Developing Effective Learning Outcome Rubrics

Date: July 22 | 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Location: Senate 3

The Center for Career Opportunities at Purdue University has begun a cycle of learning outcomes assessment for each of its programs over a 5 year period. Since 2011, the center has measured the effectiveness of Interview workshops, the Ambassador Professional Development Program, Job Search Clubs, and Resume Critiques. The Student Learning Outcomes Committee utilized learning outcome rubrics to evaluate and review resumes, interview workshops, LinkedIn usage, and ambassador peer-to-peer communication. During this session, the presenters will share effective strategies utilized throughout the assessment process. In addition, the presenters will share our successes and mistakes, all of the rubrics created to conduct assessments; the backward design process utilized to create the rubrics, various evaluation procedures implemented; and assessment resources participants can use in their organizations. We will share the process used to select which programs to evaluate, as well as the process used to select a method of evaluation.

Presenters: Yazvac Cher and Susan Bush, Purdue University

Connecting Employer Relations & Career Advising

Date: July 23 | 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Location: Senate 3

A Career Center's primary customers are employers and students, with designated staff for employer relations and recruitment and career advising staff to prepare students in career readiness and preparation. The continuous flow of information between career center staff is critical for employer and student success. Is there a "disconnect" in your office in the flow of information between these important career center stakeholders? What barriers exist? Who is responsible? What are you doing to improve the communication process? Employers are constantly evaluating their recruiting efforts on your campus. The challenge of our work is balancing the needs of the employers with the preferences of our students. In facilitating the sharing of successful practices, this session will encourage members of both employer relations and advising staffs to better understand the importance of effective communication, embrace their participation in the process, and to provide potential ideas for them to actively address the barriers they perceive on their own campuses.

Presenters: Kelly Harris, Florida State University; Sandra McDermott, Bradley University

Going the Extra Mile to Enhance Resume Reviews

Date: July 22 | 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Location: Grand 3

This session shares one career center's journey going the extra mile? to improve practice in a popular career service resume reviews. For seven years, we conducted annual satisfaction surveys that returned very positive results. We wondered: "What are we learning from this data? How can we improve?"? In 2008, we began a new assessment project - blind reviews of students resumes with a carefully designed rubric. We asked: "Is there a difference in resume quality between students who participate in resume review services and those who do not?"? The findings of this outcomes study were insightful. A statistically significant difference was found, and recommendations were made for improving services and training staff. The experience was so successful, that we enhanced and repeated the rubric study in 2012 with even more significant results. This session begins by briefly sharing results from both the satisfaction survey and rubric studies, addressing strengths and weaknesses of each approach. We share how the assessment rubric was adapted into a training tool, and give participants first-hand experience applying our rubric to a sample resume. The session concludes by discussing how assessment projects can become staff development experiences when they encourage rich conversations about practice and improvement strategies.

Presenters: Julia Makela, Hongling Sun, and Gauen So, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

How do you collaborate with academics and mandate career development? Take career development to the classroom.

Date: July 23 | 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Location: House

Everyone likes earning credit for what they do, why shouldn't students earn credit for exploring their own career process? Unfortunately, offering a lone course is not a sustainable model for career course development with academic partners. Partnership with academic leaders is critical to the success of creating career courses. Learn how to take the lead in collaborating with academic units to build courses that meet the needs of students career development from their first semester on campus through graduation. Discover how Ohio University's Career & Leadership Development Center developed partnerships leading to career courses including Career Planning in the Liberal Arts?, a credit-bearing course reaching 200 first year students in 10 learning communities that started in fall 2013. This course incorporated career development reflection, activities, and research of career options. Extensive assessment was conducted around the course and the outcomes will be shared during this session. In addition to this course, other classes led by the CLDC have targeted students in communications, interdisciplinary studies, and sophomore students. The presenters will challenge attendees to go "500 miles beyond expectations" to identify how a career course concept can be tailored to the needs of students while leveraging collaborative opportunities with academic partners.

Presenters: Imants Jaunarajs and Lindsey Marx, Ohio University

Keeping PACE with Parents and Alumni: How to effectively leverage parents and alumni who are interested in supporting the career office

Date: July 23 | 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Location: Senate 1

Alumni and parents are often underutilized partners in the career development process, and Denison's alumni were looking for additional volunteer opportunities. What developed was a win-win for both Career Exploration & Development (CE&D) and Denison students. Denison launched an official volunteer group: The Parents and Alumni for Career Exploration (PACE) Team. The PACE Team is a grassroots effort inspired by Denison's Alumni Council that impacts students and involves parents and alumni in new and enticing ways. This presentation will provide an overview of how Denison's CE&D team built a highly selective group of 200 parents and alumni who are actively mentoring students while also providing valuable experiential education opportunities.

Presenters: Zach Pavol, Denison University

Shifting the Internship Landscape: How to Advocate for Paid Internships

Date: July 23 | 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Location: House

Are you passionate about helping your students secure valuable internship experiences, but discouraged by the number of employers who still do not see the value of paying interns for their hard work? Do you struggle with describing the value proposition of hiring paid interns to your employer partners? In this presentation, I will share best practices for educating employer partners on the value of offering paid internships. I will challenge attendees to go "500 miles beyond"? what they expect from their current partners, and to adopt specific talking points that, when deployed collectively by colleges and universities across the Midwest, will begin to shift the internship landscape for students of all majors. In addition to sharing specific talking points, during this presentation, I will discuss the five things that the DePaul University Career Center is doing to encourage employers to pay their interns, and in turn, the results we've seen.

Presenter: Megan Gentille, DePaul University

The 500 Mile Career Center Challenge - Engaging Today's College Student

Date: July 23 | 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Location: Senate 2

The format for this workshop is a best practices discussion on breaking through to students regarding career service in today's challenging marketplace. An overview of how Loyola University Chicago is tackling the points listed below will lead to a discussion of what has or hasn't been working for members. We encourage participants to bring one to two examples to ensure a healthy discussion. Getting attendance at events - Breaking through the awareness barrier - Best communication mediums to reach out to students - Multichannel marketing

Presenter: Martin Gahbauer, Loyola University Chicago

 

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Employer Specific Sessions

Strategies for Building Relationships on Campus

Date: July 22 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: Senate 1

Are you recruiting on campus but not getting the results you are looking for? Have you created a career center and employer partnership that has produced a great talent pipeline? Is there a niche of students that you can't seem to find on campus? This session will be an interactive workshop discussing tips for building relationships on college campuses in order to hire top talent. We will discuss strategies for building your brand on campus through a utilization of a variety of techniques, both traditional and out of the box. Discussion will include low cost basic strategies as well as examples from top recruiting organizations. Presenters will lead participants in a discussion on what has worked for them and provide insight from their campus.

Presenters: Crystal Stockdale and Allan Boettger, University of Iowa

Transparency in Recruiting

Date: July 22 | 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Location: Senate 1

Social media has fundamentally transformed how individuals access information resulting in increased transparency about organizations. This new access to information through social media channels has changed how organizations recruit talent. Connecting with these candidates while they are searching for information about what it is like to work at a company, requires new strategies to ensure your open job opportunities and information about your company are in the right channels, at the right times, and in front of the right candidates.

Presenter: Carolyn Eiseman, Enterprise Holdings

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College/Employer Specific Sessions

Above and Beyond: Keys to Motivating Students for Extending Beyond their Comfort Zone

Date: July 23 | 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Location: Grand 1

Experiencing different cultures, through travel, can be life changing. Studying abroad offers students this incredible opportunity in an engaging way. Doing an internship overseas takes this a step further by bringing students into a community, where they learn firsthand about the culture, the people, social issues, and the professional world in their new environment. An internship far from home requires students to step out of their comfort zone, away from the familiar, and to build relationships while building their strengths both personally and professionally. In this presentation, participants will learn several keys for motivating students to stretch well beyond their comfort zone in order to gain skills and assets that they will take with them into their careers and into their lives. Participants will experience one of the keys: the power of storytelling, straight from a student who went beyond what she thought was possible when she did her internship in Ghana. Through hearing her compelling story, we will discover how interning abroad changes lives, both the students and the community in which they are working.

Presenters: Hannah Boyer, Julie James, and Kelsey Steuer, Indiana University

Best Practices: Strengthening Career Development for LGBT Students with Employer Engagement

Date:  July 22 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: Grand 3

Is your career center preparing your LGBT talent to shine? Does your company want peak performance from ALL their employees? Learn techniques to embrace LGBT students and employees to showcase their true talent in an inclusive environment moving your organization forward. This session will focus on developing strategies to support beyond your expectations student and employee development through successful relationships of the LGBTQ Center, career center, student organizations and employers. Presenters will: -Highlight how the annual OUT for Work employer panel grew to a conference with corporate sponsorship over 5 years. -What some of the unique needs that LGBT students face on campus in career planning and the job search. -Discussion between colleagues to share best practices on how to create new relationships key partners or move current relationships forward for better results

Presenters: Stephanie Farlow and Lowell Kane, Purdue University

Breaking Barriers: Reaching Students outside the walls of your office

Date: July 22 | 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Location: Grand 1

Today's college students have a plethora of options available when it comes to their education. They engage on-campus, on-line, abroad, and through distance learning. In Fall 2010, over 30% of college students have taken at least one class online (Sloan C, 2010). As the college experience shifts to include more online learning environments, Career Services must also adapt our services. So how do we ensure the same level of service for the distant student as that of the traditional on-campus student? If you cannot work with a student face-to-face, how do you effectively advise them through the career development process? What skills must you possess as an advisor in order to meet these new needs? This interactive session will provide innovative career advising strategies utilizing tools and technologies of today for advisors to incorporate in their practices to better serve the students of this high touch high tech generation. During this presentation, we will discuss and practice how to successfully advise students from a distance, through the use of on-line tools, interactive software, telephone appointments, strategic communication techniques, and webinar and teleconference sessions. Ultimately, they will learn implementation strategies designed to engage students and elevate Career Services to new heights.

Presenters: Tamara Small and Brigitte Maheu, Ashford University

Business Externship Program: Career Services and Employers Going Beyond Expectations to Provide Experiential Education Opportunities

Date: July 22 | 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Location: Grand 2

The Business Externship Program was developed to help students build on their education, explore a profession, and prepare for a future career. The program creates connections between students and alumni, empowering a new generation to achieve their career-related dreams. The fundamental objective of the program is to inspire students to determine which occupations align with their interests, personality, skills, and values in order to launch satisfying careers. In the first year, the partnership with alumni was so successful that we were able to exceed our goal of placing 50 students. The most recent (fifth) cycle attracted 50 employers and offered 250 externships to first, second year and transfer students. In addition to providing exceptional experiential opportunities to students, BEP goes 500 miles beyond expectations by supporting retention efforts through encouraging student engagement. The Career Center utilizes previous externs as Peer Mentors to help market the program to potential participants and to also assist with professional development. Employer partners also benefit due to increased connections with students which allows for early identification of talent. Externships have often led to part-time employment, internship and full-time offers.

Presenters: Caroline Ray and Geralyn Heystek, Western Michigan University

Career Transformation: A Miami University Case Study

Date: July 23 | 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Location: Grand 3

In 2012 Miami University embarked on a bold new initiative to enhance the career prospects of its students and graduates. It assessed its opportunities and challenges, and developed a new vision and goals. Two years later, Career Services hard work has begun to generate impressive results. Building on a Career Community concept, faculty, alumni, deans and departments are now actively engaged with students, career exploration, experiences and job searches. Employer involvement and financial support is at an all-time high. Most impressive of all, Miami has built community excitement about careers with no additional staff or resources. Through examples and discussion, this session will make the case for career transformation; it will introduce a new model of career services that better meets the needs of students and alumni; and, it will challenge participants to consider how they could overcome barriers to transformation on their own campuses, increasing their institutional reputation and value.

Presenters: Sheila Curran, Curran Consulting Group; Michael S. Goldman, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio

Connecting Students with Disabilities to Employment Opportunities

Date: July 23 | 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Location: Grand 2

FAccording to a 2013 study, more than 40% of people with disabilities and a bachelor's degree are unemployed. (Madaus, 2013) With the new federal regulations of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Section 503 requiring companies with $10,000 or more in federal contracts to start documenting progress towards gaining a workforce of 7% being qualified people with disabilities, companies have been looking to college career services and disability services offices for ways to recruit students with disabilities. Come learn how Purdue's Center for Career Opportunities and Disability Resource Center developed their partnership to connect students with disabilities to employment opportunities and assist students in preparing for the job search.

Presenters: Stephanie Farlow, Ali Mears, and Karen Nielson, Purdue University

Creating and Maintaining Successful Internship Programs: A Collection of Employer Perspectives

Date: July 23 | 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Location: Grand 2

Do our running shoes fit? If we are to venture 500 miles beyond expectations, are we conditioning enough for the big race? Work your internship muscles by attending a panel discussion featuring key Indianapolis area employers who work closely with interns! If we want to get ahead and perform at higher levels, we need to collaborate and engage in meaningful discussions. Hey Employers! How should you go about revitalizing your internship program to attract more students and contribute to their professional development as you source for top talent? And you! Yes, you college members! How might you better connect with employer partners to provide that much-needed boost to your internship program as you consider the quality of your students learning experiences? As you condition for the 500 miles ahead, this panel discussion may just be what you need to start off on the right foot!

Presenters: Brian Collingwood, Denison University; Sally Harmon, Purdue University

Forget Being Forgotten: 4 Methods to Become an Industry Leader on Social Media

Date: July 23 | 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Location: Grand 3

Before you can make an authentic connection online and permit others to show loyalty toward your brand, they must first appreciate your level of creativity. And, to stand out in your field, you must learn to become a divergent thinker. In this presentation, Lauren introduces the traits of divergent thinkers, as well as interactive instruction to challenge you on how you can develop new methods to engage current students or attract new interest in your college or university when using social media as a marketing strategy. Attendees are invited to take part in the Forget Being Forgotten Challenge - an interactive competition that measures creativity and your ability to think divergently in four categories: Fluency, Originality, Flexibility and Elaboration.

Presenter: Lauren Young, Freshly Baked Communications

Going Beyond Fun: Examining and Articulating the Value of Study Abroad

Date: July 23 | 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Location: Grand 1

"Globalization" and "internationalization" are two current buzzwords that one frequently hears in higher education. Amidst this pressure to globalize or internationalize campuses and curricula, institutions have expanded study abroad offerings and student participation is following. What value does an expanded offering bring to a university or the student? Study abroad proponents assert such endeavors look good on a resume and enables the student to build cross-cultural skills, develop their ability to deal with ambiguity, and grow their sense of independence. Yet, some recruiters argue that study abroad doesn't matter. Why this divergence of opinion? This panel presentation asserts that study abroad matters and provides both career service professionals and recruiters a more nuanced understanding of study abroad. Topics addressed include the state of study abroad in higher education, how students can choose programs and activities abroad that will enable them to develop career-relevant skills, and ways career service professionals can partner with other campus units to advocate for and enhance study abroad and its relevance to career development.

Presenters: Jerome Ng, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Erika Ryser Garcia, Butler University Institute for Study Abroad; Travis Olson, Ohio State University

Personality Plus: Bring the Animal Out in You

Date: July 22 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: Grand 2

Have you ever wondered why your team is not communicating,or you're not connecting with your students or graduates like you want to? Knowing your personality can make the work environment, meetings and classrooms run much more smoothly! Come find out what animal your personality represents, and be ready to LAUGH, or maybe even ROAR! To be able to go "500 miles beyond expectations," you must build lasting productive relationships. Knowing what your personality is, and the personality of others you communicate with is the key. Once you figure that out, you have the upper hand on how to deal with situations and get the results you want!

Presenter: Jennifer Pugh, Harrison College

Soul of a Leader: Images and Questions

Date: July 22 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: Grand 1

Intentional transformation happens when we honor, support, and celebrate our strengths and unique talents. The thoughtful understanding of one’s own strengths and talents helps us discover life purpose at the intersection of our heart and mind. Participants will be challenged to think introspectively about what, in their life, propels them to be different than what they believe is possible. They will also be challenged to ask themselves who could they be if they were at their very best – living and working effectually. Images and questions will be used as catalysts for innovation, creativity, and insights as they discover and growas they enrich their work life rhythm. 

Presenter: Theres Stiefer

 

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Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker - Brad Karsh

July 21 | 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm
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The Hunger Games: May the C-Suite Be Ever in HR's Favor

Bio: An accomplished public speaker and author, Brad has been featured on CNN, CNBC, and Dr. Phil, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, and many others. Brad is also the author of three business books including Manager 3.0: A Millennial's Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management (AMACOM 2013).

 

 

 
 

Keynote Speaker - Theres Stiefer

July 22 | 9:15 am - 10:15 am

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Significance of 500: Defining Expectations, Creating Symmetry, and Going the Distance

Bio: Stiefer has worked in higher education for over 20 years and has a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Arkansas. She has been involved in local, regional, and national organizations. She has served as the President of the Oklahoma Association of Colleges and Employers, the President of the Southwest Association of Colleges and Employers (SWACE), and she is the first Arkansan to ever sit on the executive board of the National Association of Colleges and Employers. She has served as Mistress of Ceremonies for several association annual SWACE conferences.

 

Closing Keynote Speaker - Josh Bleill

July 23 | 11:15 am – 12:30 pm
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Beyond Expectations: One Step at a Time - We all face challenge and adversity in a variety of different ways; change can be difficult, whether personal or professional. Marine Corporal Josh Bleill is a native of Greenfield, Indiana and while serving in Iraq, Corporal Bleill was severely injured, resulting in the loss of both of his legs.  After extensive rehabilitation, Bleill returned to Indiana in August of 2008, where he attacked his new life head-on.  Josh now travels the country to spread his message of hope, “one step at a time.”

Bio: Marine Corporal Josh Bleill [Bly-ul; rhymes with “Kyle” or “smile”] is a native of Greenfield, Indiana. After graduating high school, Josh attended Purdue University. Upon completion of his education, Josh decided to serve his country by joining the United States Marine Corps in 2004, and was activated for a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006. While serving in Iraq, Corporal Bleill was severely injured, resulting in the loss of both of his legs. After extensive rehabilitation, Bleill returned to Indiana in August of 2008, where he attacked his new life head-on.

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