Co-op Best Practices Roundtable 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 organization. – 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 overwhelmed. – 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? – ohiomeansjobs.com 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 “destination”?
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