L-R:Malcom, Jamie, me, Alex, Robert (Shereen had already left when the photo was taken)
Written By: Katie Greene, Career Advising Fellow
The Career+Identity event was a great success! Thank you to the amazing storytellers who brought a sense of candor and authenticity that was truly refreshing and meaningful for the audience. The creation and implementation of the first ever Career+Identity event here at Elon University was certainly a labor of love. I learned a great deal about connecting with students, staff and faculty who engage with a variety of identity spaces on campus, as well as the critical nature of marketing the event to the individual schools and majors. I was deeply humbled and grateful to have witnessed the enthusiasm around this event, and to have received support and encouragement for effective marketing. The success of the event was truly a team effort.
My hope is that my colleagues in the SPDC will be able to continue with this type of programming, so that more students can experience the power of authentic storytelling, through which they can recognize their asset capital and gain the tools necessary for their professional development. I believe that for future marketing success, collaborating with particular faculty who will commit in advance to requiring their students to attend as part of their course curriculum, would be beneficial. This strategy is not simply to increase numbers (as we had a successful number of approx. 60 people), but more importantly, to ensure that a diverse group of students attend with regard to their majors, and to foster an opportunity for classroom conversation regarding the content of the event with their peers and professors. I am hopeful that this programming will continue growing in a variety of ways, not just in its size, but with regard to its overall impact on students, faculty and staff.
In addition to the event itself, I also distributed a survey for attendees to complete. The questions focused on aspects of students’ identities and how these identities affect their comfort level in utilizing the SPDC and speaking with career advisors that might identify differently. Additionally, the survey focused on the extent to which students perceive aspects of their identity (such as race, religion, sexual orientation or gender) as affecting their career and professional development decision-making. The data will benefit the SPDC in considering ways in which to continue effectively reaching students, addressing their individual needs and preferences, and providing successful programing.