“Classroom to Career” Initiative launched

“Classroom to Career” Initiative launched

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) introduced “Classroom to Career,” a comprehensive initiative that offers a four-year road map for students, providing dozens of ideas to increase career readiness and help them discern how their studies can translate to a meaningful career.

With advice and goals specifically tailored to each of the 16 CAS departments, students can access concrete steps to build on their classroom work for each year of their college experience.

“The student response was strong and immediate,” said Dr. James Simon, associate dean of CAS, who oversaw creation of the initiative. More than 1,200 users accessed the website, including students who were studying abroad. Today’s students will need to be able to change directions as the job market shifts in the coming decades, and the program helps them to prepare for future jobs that don’t yet exist today, Dr. Simon said.

The initiative augments services through the University’s Career Planning Center, which offers mock and real interviews, resumé advice, networking opportunities, and a host of other resources for students in the College and in Fairfield’s professional schools and graduate programs.

The program was rolled out again this fall for spring 2014 advising, and will be accompanied by a speaker series of Classroom to Career public events, some of which will be co-sponsored with the Career Planning Center.