Career Readiness in CLA Featured Nationally

Professors Koerner and Lee are guests in an online news show for career services professionals

Two key leaders of the Career Readiness Inititative in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities shared insights about CLA's efforts to help students understand and articulate how their liberal arts education gives them a career advantage. 

Ascan Koerner, CLA's associate dean for undergraduate education, and Amy Lee, the faculty director of faculty engagement for CLA's Career Readiness Initiative, were guests on "The New Forward" news show, which has a national audience of career services professionals.

Koerner and Lee focused on how this initiative is faculty-led as a holistic effort across all CLA departments, in concert with the strategic plan for the college. The work is to help students understand how their learning will be used in their careers, and CLA's goal is to engage all faculty in this work rather than isolating it in the Career Services office. Koerner and Lee discussed in particular the Career Readiness Fellows Program for faculty and instructors, which brings together a cohort as a community of reflective practitioners across the college. Their discussions place students at the center of their connections, in recognition that they share an interest in the same students, who are engaging in career preparation across the entirely of their experiences in the college.

"The New Forward" is a weekly 30-minute online news show providing inspiration and practical insights about career services in higher education. It is broadcasted by The Career Leadership Collective, which has a mission to assist upper administrators and career leaders to systemically weave career and future preparation into the fabric of the campus experience.

View the episode featuring the College of Liberal Arts' Career Readiness Initiative:

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