On Thursday, February 12, 600+ career centers took part in NACE's free web seminar to discuss providing critical services in a challenging environment. (Note a free archive of the session will be available shortly; the link will be posted on the NACE home page at www.naceweb.org.) Two important pieces for follow up:
* NACE Foundation Funding Great Ideas: At the opening of the seminar, NACE President Manny Contomanolis announced that the NACE Foundation is offering two (2), $1,000 prizes for the best examples of programs, strategies, or practices developed and launched as a result of the current financial crisis. One award will go to an employer for a college relations/recruiting initiative; the other will go to a college career center for the best career development initiative. For details, see www.naceweb.org/about/nacefoundation/2009contest.htm.
More Questions/Comments: Although the seminar included a healthy Q&A session, there were more questions and comments that couldn't be addressed during the live session. As result, we're posting them here, and inviting your responses and comments:
Do you anticipate downward pressure on wages?
What are some of the growing markets?
Have you all seen a large increase in rescinded offers?
To those schools that reduced employer registration costs for career fairs: Did it actually increase participation?
How effective has the electronic resume book been when used by employers?
Can you discuss specific ways to reach out to alumni?
Comment: In the UK, the advice has been for grads to take lower paid jobs--check out guardian.co.uk/education
Comment: This may be the time to stop thinking about how to get students into our offices but rather how do we get out to them, e.g., use web technology to reach them.
Comment: Regarding students attending in-person evetns: Our experience at Saddleback College is that they want to be able to access events/services online at all times of the day/evening.
Post your responses, comments, and ideas. Keep the discussion going!