15 The Role of Career Development at a Time of Change: An Emphasis on Employer, Higher Education, & Student Relations

PRESENTATION OVERVIEW FROM CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Natasha Mrkic-Subotic, Langara College 

This session will present early research on the effects of a new work experience model, describing the reasons for the new model as they relate to government policy, education institutional strategic goals, and trickle down to staff that work in these institutions. Often a new direction that an institution takes determines new patterns of work, as well as different programming priorities. In this session there will be an opportunity to hear about how this model helps both employers and students, and also an opportunity to explore further opportunities in order to strengthen connections between Higher Education, Industry, and Community for the benefit of all key players, and especially our Students.

KEY WORDS

  • Co-operative education
  • Work integrated education
  • Research case study
  • Career development
  • Benefits of work integrated education

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Natasha Mrkic-Subotic
nsubotic@langara.ca 

 

BIO

Natasha Mrkic-Subotic, Langara College
Natasha is an Instructor & Post Degree Diploma Coordinator at Langara College, as well as Educational Leadership Doctoral Candidate at Simon Fraser University. At Langara College, Natasha is focused on helping students, especially international students, explore their passions, prepare them for the local work context, and ultimately find an according work placement, in hopes of creating a right fit between the student and employer. In her research, she explores the effects of corporatization on higher education, and is currently working on research on a single institution which explores the effects of new patterns of work due to an emphasis on career development in the post-secondary context at a time of change.

 

LINK TO PRESENTATION

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SUMMARY

Overview

The target audience for this presentation were employers, co-op & career educators, and / or researchers and the overall theme was: strengthening connections between higher education, students, industry and community.  The purpose of the study which was being presented was:

  • To explore faculty and administrator perceptions of career development at a time of transition and reform;
  • To provide a more holistic view of the impact of entrepreneurial initiatives within the working lives of administrators and faculty;
  • To demonstrate corporatization consequences at a medium-sized college, as well as lived experiences of the faculty and administrators tasked with making things work.

Key Findings

This session presented early research on the effects of a new work experience model, describing the reasons for this new model as they relate to government policy, education institutional goals, and trickle down to staff that work in these institutions. Often a new direction that an institution takes determines new patterns of work, as well as different programming priorities. In this session there was an opportunity to hear about how this new model of work integrated education helps both students and employers. The key learning from this case study research was that career development starts even prior to students entering their program of choice and that it needs to be carefully woven throughout the entire curriculum. The session ended with describing benefits that each of the stakeholders experienced with this new work experience program.  

Next Steps

There is a need to explore and strengthen connections between higher education institutions, industry, and community for the benefit of all key player and especially students.   

Implications for Career Education

There exists a need to innovate in the way we offer career education, and research to date points to the benefits of starting career education early, and making sure that it is integrated into program curriculum in an appropriate way to a specific program.   

 

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