Over the last couple of years, there has been a lot of buzz around the topic of Career Studios. If you are new to this concept, a Career Studio is an interactive drop-in center led by peer career educators. Students are encouraged to drop in when inspiration strikes them, stay for as long as they want, and come back as often as they would like. Since the inception of the Career Studio at the University of Nevada, Reno, this model has generated interest around the country. Oakland University launched a Career Studio in the Fall of 2018, and, many institutions have followed suit to create their own versions of a Career Studio to replace or supplement existing career center services.
You can read a recent NACE Journal article, The Career Studio: Flipping the Career Center and a recent blog, Two New Career Studio Ideas to Pull Students Into the Career Center for an explanation of the model and some of the ideas we've shared.
Mary T. Calhoon, Associate Director of Career Education, University of Nevada, Reno and I believe strongly in the power of learning through best practice sharing. Following our session at NACE 2018, Flip your Career Center, Three Schools, Three Peer-Led Career Studios, we received inquiries from colleagues exploring the possibility of creating a Career Studio of their own. Mary T. and I went on to host Career Studio themed conference calls over the summer to keep the conversation alive and provide a platform for continued best practice sharing.
In the spirit of continued sharing, Mary T. and I will host a series of Career Studio Conference Calls in the coming months. Our first call, “So You Launched Your Career Studio? Let’s Talk!” will take place November 16 at 1 p.m. (ET). Here are the details:
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Dial-In Number: 515-604-9944
Access Code: 530666
The purpose of this call will be to connect with career centers peers who have launched a Career Studio. It is a chance to learn from each other about successes and challenges and brainstorm strategies to make our Career Studios as effective as possible. In order to prepare, Mary T. and I would like to hear from you about the topics you would like to see covered. We posted a thread in the NACE Community for you to share your questions and suggested topics with us.
Don’t have your own Career Studio, yet? No problem! Mary T. and I will be hosting three additional calls for colleagues planning to launch or improve their Career Studio. The topics will be:
February: Getting Ready to Hire a Peer Mentor Team
March: Designing and Developing a Studio Model that Works for Your School
May: Preparing for Peer Education in Your Career Studio
Specific dates and times will be announced closer to the dates. In the meantime, do not hesitate to come to the Career Studio discussion with questions.