The Malone Center for Career Engagement educates, prepares, and connects students to pursue meaningful lives and careers. Reporting to the Director of Career Education, Career Advisors play a vital role in ensuring MCCE fulfills this mission. Career Advisors are responsible for advising students and alumni, designing career education programs, coordinating networking opportunities and fostering relationships with employers and graduate education programs tailored to meet the career development needs of students related to specific industries. Career Advisors are committed to becoming content experts related to assigned industry areas by researching, developing, and curating information to enhance students’ learning about various career paths. Career Advisors also serve as liaisons between the Malone Center and assigned academic departments within the University to effectively collaborate in providing career education programs tailored for specific majors.
Provides individualized career advising to students and alumni on a diverse array of topics including career exploration, career readiness, professional correspondence, job search strategies, and graduate school preparation. Leads group advising sessions, workshops, and classroom presentations. Applies knowledge of student development and career theory; accommodates the diverse needs of Furman students.
Creates and fosters an ecosystem of career support for students through individual/group career coaching, programming and events, connections and resources tailored to the career development needs of assigned industry areas. Specific tasks include:
Serving as a designated advisor for students who identify with assigned industries and majors.
Staying informed about related career paths, industry trends, employers, graduate programs, and opportunities.
Identifying, maintaining, and creating industry-specific resources.
Generating contact lists of “industry-experts” comprised of alumni and professionals who are willing to connect with students for inquiries, informational interviews, job shadowing, etc.
Serves as a designated point person between the Malone Center and an allotted group of academic departments and majors (related to the social sciences and humanities); develops and fosters productive working relationships with related faculty and staff. Collaborates and partners with departmental contacts to develop discipline-specific resources and events. Facilitates workshops requested by departmental faculty and student groups. Informs faculty of specific career opportunities and employer visits to campus. Works in conjunction with the Assistant Director for Employer Engagement to meet with departments to discuss faculty and student interaction with companies. Stays informed of and communicates departmental first destination outcomes.
Programming & Events
Creates and plans programs and events that provide educational and/or networking opportunities for students. Types of programs could include workshops, meet-ups, conferences, seminars, presentations, boutique fairs, panels, site visits, job shadowing and in-person or virtual networking events. Manages and coordinates the timeline, logistics, and details required of assigned programs and events. Collaborates effectively with Malone Center colleagues, Career Ambassadors, academic departments, faculty, student groups and other campus partners (Center for Engaged Learning, Mentoring and Advising Office, Student Life Department, Alumni and Parent Engagement Office, etc.) to plan and promote events. Works within a designated team to plan and coordinate Career Treks associated with assigned industry areas. Assists with general Malone Center programs and events as needed, often requiring evening and sometimes weekend participation.
Develops and maintains relationships with employers, professional associations, alumni, parents, and graduate programs for advising, networking, programming, and other career education purposes. In collaboration with the Assistant Director for Employer Engagement, Furman’s Mentoring Coordinator, and Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement, connects students with employers, alumni, and parents via classroom presentations, networking events, and other career programs. Communicates regularly with the Assistant Director for Employer Engagement to become aware of new employer connections that are relevant to assigned industry areas. Tracks and communicates with employer and graduate school contact referrals; assists relevant graduate school contacts with coordinating campus recruiting activities. Assists with relevant employer outreach meetings and site visits, graduate school meetings and represents MCCE at events featuring employers, alumni, and parents. Stays current with employers, job opportunities and recruiting events posted on Handshake, promotes accordingly. Serves as a liaison to an assigned affinity group of students representing a specific identity or population.
Technology & Communications
Becomes familiar and trained on all career tools and technologies offered by the Malone Center; proficiency with utilizing Handshake is essential. Regularly curates and manages information and resources for assigned industry areas on the Malone Center Website. Informs students and academic departments about recruiting opportunities, events, and activities through newsletters and targeted messages (via Handshake, MailPoet, listservs). Works with the Assistant Director of Marketing and Assessment and Career Ambassadors to create various flyers and promotions.
Other Administrative Duties
Pursues professional development to keep pace with demands for services and information, including maintaining up-to-date information about the Center and the University.
Serves on other campus committees as assigned.
Master’s degree preferred in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Counseling, Human Resources or related field. Bachelors degree required.
1-3 years relevant experience in career services, education, recruiting or respective industry areas (as related to specific career pathway(s).) Graduate assistantship/internship/practicum experience will be considered.
Furman University is a selective private liberal arts and sciences college committed to helping students develop intellectually, personally, and interpersonally and providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Furman professors are exceptional teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate students within a campus community that values and encourages diverse ideas and perspectives. Our recently-launched strategic vision, The Furman Advantage, promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high impact experiences outside the classroom that include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-focused learning, and opportunities to engage across differences.
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