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Networking in our “Own Backyards”

Networking in our “Own Backyards”

EACE Blog contribution by Amy Weinstein, Assistant Director/Technology Manager at Bryant University

After returning from a retreat with campus colleagues comprised of cross-disciplinary faculty, academic affairs and student affairs professionals, I was eager to share my experience. We met to benchmark our first year curriculum including sharing best classroom practices. This was an incredibly eye-opening experience. Perhaps one of the most valuable take-aways for me was learning about different classroom projects that students could be including on their resumes.

I walked away from this experience thinking how important it is to network and share best practices not only through conferences with career professionals, but also among our own campus colleagues. Here are few people I plan to connect with on my campus this summer:

Resource Librarian:  
career-librarianAlthough our Career Center subscribes to many wonderful career resources, I often fail to refer students to the career-related resources in our own campus library. After learning about new resources, I will consider how to best link relevant library resources to our Career Center website. Our Librarians are also incredibly tech-savvy and some of their best practices such as “Tweet the Librarian” may be tools our Career Center could adopt.

All of our first-year students are required to complete two hands-on projects during their first year. Students are strongly encouraged to include this content on their resume. Understanding the curriculum is incredibly helpful in assisting students with their resume content. Simply asking Department Chairs to send a short description about those projects seems like a good place to start.

Campus Engagement:  
Clubs and organizations on our campus often offer students the opportunity for national competitions, managing huge events/projects and engaging in substantial leadership roles.   Understanding the leadership opportunities, as a point of referral for students seeking involvement and as a way to partner for career programming, is valuable.

Academic Advising:
academic-advisingAcademic Advisors play an integral role in determining a students’ path. They are also often a direct referral source to our office, which is why I’ve found getting to know them by name is helpful.

University Relations:
Our University Relations office leads the way with campus social media best practices. They also manage our campus website analytics and publish campus-wide success stories through video and hard-copy publication. This department is my “go-to” for all things publicity/marketing related.

Getting to know my campus constituents and the work they do is critical to my job as a Career Counselor. Perhaps the key to success in forming sustainable partnerships is to start by simply asking for information. Who will you visit this summer in your “back-yard?”

weinstein_amyAmy Weinstein, Assistant Director/Technology Manager at Bryant University, has been assisting students with career advising for over 15 years. Amy has worked in career services offices at the University of Rhode Island and the University of San Francisco. She has also worked as a university relations recruiter for AMD Corporation.  Amy has a Master of Science in Career Counseling from San Francisco State University and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island.

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