CMC Update

groffBy Guy Groff

To all:

As the summer is about to start, I wanted to update you on the state of the Career Management Center and let you know about both current and future initiatives and a few accomplishments.

Career Connections in China:
The past three weeks have been extremely successful in regard to our Employer Relations team’s China outreach, with Helen Wu traveling to Beijing and Shanghai to visit over 25 companies (see the list below). Her work in China resulted in more than 30 full time and internship postings. She also hosted a joint networking event with alumni, employers and current students who were studying with Professor Washburn on the module abroad.


Helen employer visits included:

Henkel Asia
Bayer China Ltd.
SunTek Window
Owens Corning
Louis Dreyfus
Bayer China Ltd.

“Ask me how I got my job” campaign:
You are encouraged to visit the CMC and check out our new “Ask me how I got my job” board. This is a new marketing initiative for us. We have garnered the permission of several students who have received and accepted offers of employment and created mini posters that tell their success stories. These posters are hanging in the Career Management Center.

3 Pillars of Career Decisions Update – Campus Thank You:
In other business, we would like to extend a special thanks to Wes Edens in the IBIC for supporting our 3 Pillars of Career Management initiative by changing the IBIC’s Career Section to match:careercollect

CMC Student Survey:
Student engagement with career management programming and coaching has not been as consistent/proactive as we would like, so our CMC Peer Career Advisors recently sent out a detailed survey and created a comprehensive analysis of student perception and behavior. Here are a few points that were identified:

  • 278 students ¬†responded to the survey
  • GlobalConnect (31%) and personal network (22%) are the top sources of job lead
  • The CMC e-newsletter is the preferred method of communication for 94% of respondents
  • 46% of respondents do not have US work authorization; however, 80% of those are still seeking employment in the US
  • While 70% rated their experience with their Career Coach as good or excellent, there is a trend that international students rate their experience lower when compared with US students
  • When asked what the primary role of the CMC Career Coach is, US students identified as their top item “to support me in developing a plan for career search”(36%), whereas international students ranked ¬†“to find a job for me”(29%) as their CMC career coach’s primary role

Our goal is to use the data gathered in this survey to improve performance and support that is delivered to students.

Look for more updates to come next month!

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