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Comment on Mary Nourse's post: I would say to that student: That is great! Why did they hire you? They will say I am strong and experienced with the construction field. Perfect, that is exactly what you will do on a formal interview for your in-field position. You will give them examples of how you are skilled in the field (from work or school). Finding the jobs in your new field may involve more than just showing up depending on the industry. Would you like to know the most common way, students in your program get invited to an interview?

excellent information

I learned the importance of surveys for both employers and graduates.

I have always encouraged our students to answer each interview using an example or story. I tell them each story should have a beginning, middle, and end. At the end of their story, they should come out looking like the "hero." I also encourage them to keep a log on their phone of their accomplishments/"wins" during their time in school. When they have a log of their "wins." they can review that list prior to the interview and be ready to answer all questions using real-world examples.  

I never really thought about teaching students and near graduates how to ask for a raise down the road. 

Offering an array of services will allow the students to make a personalized career plan.

I learned the importance of an effective Career Services department to the entire organization.

If it wasn't documented, it wasn't done....as well as clear, concise, objective documentation for student's record.  

I have learned to be proactive with the students I am responsible for, and to make sure our employment verification processes are as tight and complete as possible.  Also, if there is a question about whether or not a student is "placed" the decision should not be made by a single individual.  Continuous improvement is key.

Good refresher on effective resumes and cover letters.

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