Co-op Best Practices Roundtable by wanghonghx


									Co-op Best Practices
    Terry Maiwurm

     May 17, 2012
     Co-op Best Practices Roundtable
     with the Famous.. Terry Maiwurm
• Challenge: Getting Deans to share information as far as what students
  are going where?
   – Share information with the Deans so they have it when they do their reports

• How to get employers to take students?
   – In both instances, it is about relationships.
   – Start going into classrooms when it is time for a career fair. Take 5 minutes
     to talk about what is coming up and by doing that Professors started asking
     me to come to classes, hold resume sessions and get involved.
   – Professors became the advocate
   – One-on-One relationships, connect and move within organizations
   – Developing a value proposition for employers: What are your distinct
     qualities about your students, their education and what they will bring to the
   – Asking the employers when they make hiring decisions. Understanding their
     timeline so you know when their decisions are made.
   – Cleveland State adjusted a career fair time to align with employer timing.
   – Interpersonal communication: Visit, call, let them know you not just your
     email account.
   Co-op Best Practices Roundtable
   with the Famous.. Terry Maiwurm
• Communication Methods:
  – Email is the new snail mail…
  – Texting: 90% are read within first 4 minutes
    they are received
     • To text, you need the relationship platform first.
• Embracing technology:
  – To allow the texting or not?

• What are you texting your employers?
  – “Have a great student looking for a co-op…”
    Co-op Best Practices Roundtable
                with the Famous.. Terry Maiwurm
•   How do you get more students to participate in career fairs?
     – When they are in my class, I give them extra points for going, I explain the importance
       for doing it.
     – Help them know why they should be there.. what do you do when they get there.
     – Start with the faculty.
          • They have to allow the time to get out of the class
          • Take attendance for your faculty, so they know their students attended
          • Work with the faculty at the beginning of the intro to business class (even if they aren’t
            looking for the job, have them attend and get comfortable) – Debrief after.
     – Student run table in the career fair: preparation station. “Don’t know what to do, come
       to the Student table to practice/prepare before I talk to employers”
     – From an employer perspective, don’t just have a student sign-off on extra credit forms.
       There were some that required them to get background, have conversation.
     – Informational interview: networking and practicing
     – Choose 5 companies, get business cards and write notes of the conversation and
       send that employer a note afterwards
     – Adding events around the career fair
     – Having too many career fairs might detract from feeling like they need to attend
       because they are offered so often.
          • Choose one big event
          • Create a sense of urgency: They don’t realize the employer time frame
 Co-op Best Practices Roundtable
           with the Famous.. Terry Maiwurm

• How do you deal with a student that is unethical,
  unprofessional or a violation of their co-op terms during
  a co-op assignment?
   – Delay graduation, take credits away, contracts
   – Hold accountable to contracts
   – Write letter of apology to employer (copy co-op/career services)
     otherwise they are cut off from services
   – Block access to job board if they are a ‘no show’ or violate a policy
       • We don’t want them interacting with employers until that is resolved
   – “Do over” mentality
       • Help them experience the value offering of this and how to hold
         accountable, take steps like employers might (i.e. services ended, no
         longer in program)
   – Disney: 24 hour rule. No tolerance approach.
   – Clarify with students it isn’t a practice round.
     Co-op Best Practices Roundtable
             with the Famous.. Terry Maiwurm

• What are you doing that is successful?
   – Start with the end in mind.
       • Tell me your goals. “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
       • Career exploration practice
       • Culture: What type of culture do you like to work in? 3 page questionnaire that
         has them rate different interests.
   – Career Orientation class to prep them before employment (usually freshman
     and sophomore years)
       •   Do a career builder
       •   Explore website
       •   Write first resume and put it in the database and get it approved to pass the class
       •   Provide a cover letter (this doesn’t have to be approved)
       •   3 Informational Interviews: Going to employers and asking them about their day
           and what their environment is like.
       •   Interviewing skills and Info Sharing – Have former students or employers come in
       •   Mock Interview & Information Interviews: they have to write a paper
       •   Life Skills
       •   Bring alums back
   – Business Mentors
   – Alumni Job Club
       Co-op Best Practices Roundtable
            with the Famous.. Terry Maiwurm
• Those that have co-op/internships that aren’t mandatory,
  what’s the participation rate?
   –   Challenge is that they aren’t telling us..
   –   approx. 30% - Mount Saint Joseph
   –   30-50% - UC
   –   80% are saying they’ve done something

• Co-op Readiness Program (University of Dayton)
   – Biggest issues was when fall came around, everything happens
     quickly and a lot of the students aren’t prepared and get
   – This program is through email and start out with them preparing
     resumes, show them how to look up jobs, sign-up and apply through
     jobs through online applications and then get into the co-op meetings
   – This is with the school of engineering. They are identifying with the
     program “I’m a co-op readiness student”
   – Talk to freshman classes in the spring.
   – This program is over the summer.
   Co-op Best Practices Roundtable
         with the Famous.. Terry Maiwurm
• Engaging faculty to prepare students
  – Why do we have to beg them to get students ready for
    work and help develop students and get them work?


  Discussion to be continued….
     • How do we align all these open jobs and our students prepared,
       apply and taking advantage?

     • College is not the destination. How do we shape, mentor,
       develop and influence students’ mindset to create their next

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