By: Guest Blogger Kyle Bures
Undecided students at many community colleges can be viewed as being dealt a stacked hand. Without campus-wide career centers or advisors specifically trained to work with undecided students, many are allowed to fall through the cracks – often times leaving graduates without direction.
So, as the Transfer/Career Advisor for our Student Support Services program, I set out to develop an online major/career exploration resource geared specifically to our TRIO students. Once launched however, it could then be utilized by any student interested in gaining access to resources valuable to career development.
The interface was Blogger (which is also the home to the NACADA CUES Blog), chosen for its user-friendliness. It also allowed tabbing to create a network of pages containing different information.
Over the course of nearly two years, the site has grown to include sections on:
- What Can I Do With A Major In____? (featuring schools with major selection sites)
- Which Career Is Right For Me? (providing information on a variety of assessments)
- Do I Actually Need A Resume? (supplying resources on resume development/critique)
- How Can I Get Involved? (listing campus clubs/organizations and community service)
- What is a STEM Career? (linking to information on various STEM careers)
- Major & Career Exploration (gathering helpful links to guide students in exploration)
- Career Spotlights (highlighting individuals in a variety of occupations, with varying academic backgrounds)
- Workshop Schedule (showing a list of upcoming TRIO workshops)
- Advisor’s Corner (offering helpful resources to be used by advisors on campus)
A blog can be a creative solution for departments/units without the resources to provide a career center or ample time toward one-on-one career advising. Although knowledge of webpage development could be helpful, blogger makes it simple for anyone to create content online. Once created, the blog can serve not only as a resource for students, but advisors as well!
*Kyle Bures is a Transfer/Career Advisor for the TRIO/Student Support Services project at Neosho County Community College. The blog Kyle created is now linked in our blog roll in the right hand bar of this blog.