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Microcredentials and mentoring: How universities can boost student employability

By Ann-Louise Davidson, Reprinted from YouthREX The looming recession climate is causing concerns over skyrocketing student debt. On top of a deeply unaffordable housing market, these factors call for universities to be more relevant in terms of preparing students for employability. This is a break with the traditional mission of the universities. Economist George Fallis, […]

Networking as a First-Generation Student Can Be Hard. Here’s How to Get Started.

By AiLun Ku and Ray Reyes, Reprinted from the Harvard Business Review If you’re a first-generation college student, you might have heard people tell you to network for better opportunities. If you’ve rolled your eyes at that piece of advice, you’re not alone. The truth is that, for students from underrepresented backgrounds, including low-income households […]

The Uneven Climb From College to Career

By Karin Fischer, Reprinted from The Chronicle of Higher Education Ask students why they go to college, and they cite one reason more often than any other: To get a better job. Yet students’ chances of landing that good job after graduation aren’t created equal. Low-income students, students of color, and those who are the […]

New study explores how peer mentoring enhances students’ career goals

Boat, A. A., Miranda, A., & Syvertsen, A. K. (2022). Enhancing education and career pathways through peer and near-peer social capital. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 51(7), 1287–1304. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-021-01540-x Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although social capital is known for assisting individuals with achieving their goals, research on this subject primarily examines the […]

If we truly want a level playing field, we must focus on social capital

By Andy Chan & Kristina Francis, Reprinted from The Campus Nearly 80 per cent of current students now say they’re worried about finding any kind of job after graduation, let alone a good job, and two-thirds say university is no longer worth the cost. Those concerns are especially acute among Black and Latinx students and […]

Addressing Students’ Unequal Access to Social Networks

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022 | 1:30PM – 2:15PM EST | 521 Room D Relationships play an influential role in youths and their sense of their future selves. Schools that equitably unit family, community members, and industry experts into their institutions have the potential of expanding students’ long-term career perspectives. Join this session to learn […]

How Can We Help Young People Find Careers They Care About? It Starts With a Conversation.

Reprinted from Roadtrip Nation It seems like everyone’s quitting their job these days — and every employer in America is trying to figure out why. But if you’re someone who’s invested in supporting students or young adults—say, you’re a parent, teacher, counselor, or someone who’s working in youth-focused nonprofits or educational organizations—this moment may have […]

Opinion: I’m a big advocate of mentorship. Here’s a sample of things I tell college students.

By Inez González Perezchica, Reprinted from The San Diego Union-Tribune Education is the path toward upward social mobility. Yet, it is education plus social class that may determine the type of job a person is able to get after graduating from college. Obtaining a college degree is simply not enough to ensure that first-generation college […]

Network As Net Worth: Increasing Access To Social Capital For Young People

By iMentor, Reprinted from Forbes Research shows that anywhere from 70 to 85 percent of jobs are filled through networking. And others are filled before they are even posted. When we talk to young people about career aspirations, we often center that conversation on the academic and professional preparation that entails – the degrees they […]

[Webinar] Fueling A Relationship Movement: Workplace Mentoring and Sustaining Young Employees

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