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Stevenson's Career Architecture Plan

Fall 2017

Since 2001, Stevenson University has made its Career ArchitectureSM process an integral part of its career education and approach. In line with the University’s mission, faculty and staff work with students to develop an Individualized Career Architecture Plan to help explore new paths, change destinations, and map their own visions for the future.

The Career ArchitectureSM process prepares students by integrating three main elements into their academic studies and co-curricular activities: personal direction, discipline expertise, and professional know-how. This approach has paid off, and Stevenson has achieved a 92 percent job and/or graduate school placement rate for its students within six months of graduation.

Personal Direction: Stevenson faculty and staff inspire students to dream about their futures and create their own journeys through reflective pieces and exercises introduced during the freshman year. One-on-one advising and career counseling supplement this guidance which is designed to help students explore individual skills and personal values.

Discipline Expertise: Life-long career skills are learned through curricula, in-class seminars, and a wide range of university experiences and activities. Students further develop expertise through internships; service-learning; leadership roles; engagement in student organizations; and clubs, academic advising, and research.

Professional Know-How: Through career and exploration events, including symposia, career fairs, exploration tours, shadow days, and informational interviews, students develop the professional know-how needed to open career opportunities and navigate professional challenges. Students also engage in career strategic plan development, resume and interview preparation, video mock interviews, portfolio preparation, participation in on-campus recruiting sessions, networking, and job search coaching.