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UNCG Career Services helps advisors see through ‘career lens’

Patrick Madsen, UNCG’s Career Services director, says the idea of offices like his operating as independent “silos” for career development has necessarily gone the way of the dinosaur. So Madsen is reinventing thecareer center as a “central training ground for career development,” making sure career support for students reaches every corner of the UNCG campus.

As part of that endeavor, Madsen and Linda Pollock, a career counselor in his office, have launched a new program to train faculty and staff in the basics of career counseling. So far, about 40 professors, academic advisors and staffers have attended two half-day Career Training Specialist workshops held during semester breaks. More sessions are planned.

“Career development is a university endeavor,” he says. “Why shouldn’t we give our expertise to other people on campus so students don’t get bounced around so much? It’s all about the students. The whole point of the university is our students.”

Jalonda Thompson, coordinator for exploratory advising in UNCG’s Students First Office, agrees. Thompson enrolled in one of the initial workshops and emerged “empowered to facilitate deeper conversations” with students as they explored themselves, potential majors and future careers.

The workshops are voluntary, and Madsen says faculty, especially those who also serve as academic advisors, have responded with enthusiasm. The tough economy of the last several years has only heightened their understanding of the real-world obstacles their students will face after graduation.

The next workshop takes place in December.

By Michelle Hines
Full story at UNCG Now.