Missed NACE? Here’s what we heard
Did you miss the journey to New Orleans for NACE? Besides a few ghost and voodoo tours, there was also lots of engaging discussion about some of the trends in higher education amidst the steamy temperatures.
Today we’ll share some of the key themes we took away from the meeting, and over the coming weeks we’ll share some resources that may be of interest to deepen your learning on them. Because at Journeous, we’re big believers in learning every step of the way.
Here’s our list. If you were there and captured others, send them along – love to hear what else you heard.
- Design thinking was a hot topic, focusing on how to evolve career services based on a rapidly shifting environment and customer needs
- Experiential learning was touched on in an array of sessions focused on internships (and their micro-version cousins), infusing career planning into curriculum, and study abroad. Lots of discussion on helping students plan out their career path with intentionality and capturing plenty of useful data points along the way
- Disruption! Did you know career services and employer recruiting are being disrupted? Dan Black from EY, recognized as one of the NACE fellows, complained of ‘disruption fatigue’. Not sure that’s a clinical diagnosis but perhaps it’s just a matter of time
- Diversity was also discussed across an array of segments: gender, race, immigration status, physical disability and so on. Lots of discussion on how best to support the increasingly diverse needs of students on campus, and those who are remote
- The future of work and its implications – the approach career services and recruiting take to accomplish their goals, how to prepare students effectively for the evolution, and the curriculum that supports it
- Organizational questions about where career services sits and its implications. Centralized? De? Specialized to a particular set of majors or integrated? Inside or outside of academic affairs? Lots of perspectives on this one
- And of course plenty of discussion on the NACE competencies and overall career readiness. Revealed in one of the sessions: if forced to choose, what did employers say was the most important of the 7? Critical thinking
Next time we’ll share a few resources about the first theme, Design Thinking. Feel free to sign up on our blog here if you’d like to get these sooner. Until then, hope you’re making the most of your journey.