Professional development needs of those new to career services

I’m in the midst of a study on the professional development needs to those new to career services.  I’ll be posting data here as I find interesting things to report.  Here are some details on who took the survey:

I had a total of 121 responses, of whom:

  • 31% have been in the field for 1 year
  • 32% have been in the field for 2 years
  • 20% have been in the field for 3 years
  • 17% have been in the field for 4 years
  • 35% entered career services directly from a degree program
  • 31% entered career services after FEWER than 5 years in another field or industry
  • 35% entered career services after MORE than 5 years in another field or industry

In response to the question “based on what you know today, how prepared were you for your first position in career services?”:

  • 4% responded “not very prepared”
  • 46% responded “somewhat prepared”
  • 40% responded “sufficiently prepared”
  • 9% responded “extremely prepared”

In response to the question “do you have someone you consider a mentor in the field of career services (even if that person is not in your office)?”:

  • 69% responded “yes”
  • 31% responded “no”

The remainder of the survey was qualitative rather than quantitative.  But, I’ll be exploring the qualitative responses through the lenses presented through the delineations above.  I asked them questions about ways career center leaders can better support or improve professional development; about what ways having a mentor has impacted them; about what advice they would give leaders for helping other new professionals coming into the field; and examples of the most meaningful professional development experiences they have had.  I’ll also be doing some follow-up interviews with participants who volunteered to speak in more detail.

So, look for more posts coming soon!

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