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2015 - 2016

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Career Center Overview Letter from the Director Mission Services

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Career Center Staff Full-Time Staff Student Staff

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Highlights & Accomplishments Handshake Cross Campus Career Initiatives

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Career Counseling Overview In the Classroom By College

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Outreach Workshops & Other Programming Your Major Workshop Social Media/Website Analytics

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Employer Relations On-Campus Recruiting Tiger Recruiting Link

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Student Employment Stats Student Employment Awards

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Campus Career Events Attendance Numbers - Fall 2015 Attendance Numbers - Spring 2016

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Professional Development Staff Development Conferences

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LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR As the centralized campus resource providing comprehensive career planning and job search services for Auburn students, the Career Center is pleased to share our 2015-16 annual report reflecting on highlights of the year’s activities. Although we have much to include in this report, here are just a few of the major accomplishments of the 2015-16 academic year: • The Career Center worked in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts to develop a new course, LBAR2010 – Liberal Arts Careers Preparation, for COLA sophomores. The syllabus for the new course was modeled after the COUN3000 Job Search and Career Life Planning class developed by the Career Center. Staff of the Career Center will instruct a portion of the class. • Strong partnerships with academic areas resulted in 23 career fair events being held on campus during fall and spring semesters, providing students and alumni access to hundreds of employers and organizations seeking to hire Auburn students. • Career Center staff presented to 84 sections of the First Year Seminar UNIV classes to promote the Career Center and inform incoming students of the importance of early career planning. • The Your Major workshops continued to be well attended with student confidence levels increasing in all areas of instruction. 188 incoming freshmen participated in the six, day-long sessions and 117 parents attended the parent workshops. • Career Counselors provided in depth training for advisors in COSAM, the Honors College, and the Miller Writing Center on a variety of career assessments used in career counseling with the goal of enhancing their knowledge of career development and career 4

coaching to be better equipped to assist students within their academic areas. • Six “Coffee with the Career Center” breakfasts were hosted for staff members from each college and school’s advising and student services teams to provide information on ways the Career Center can enhance the career development of their students and to thank them for their support of our efforts. • The new Auburn University Career Center Newsletter was launched in December and sent monthly to all students and academic advisors and promoted through social media. From December 2015 through April 2016 there were 5,701 views and 1,433 clicks to resource links within the newsletters. Growth in social media followings also increased, with the largest on Instagram with a 25.7% increase. Facebook followed with +11.4% and Twitter with +4.2%. • Career Center staff participated in several webinar training sessions focusing on working with diverse populations. Preparing Students for a Diverse Workplace was a series of three webinars that covered topics on helping students address diversity issues at work and preparing students to handle workplace bias issues. We extend our sincere thanks to all who support the efforts of the Auburn University Career Center and the work that we do. We could not provide the resources and support for the career development of Auburn students without the continued support of all of our campus partners. War Eagle! Nancy M. Bernard, Director

MISSION The Auburn University Career Center delivers comprehensive services and programs for students to explore majors and careers, network with employers and professionals, prepare for advanced education, and successfully transition from college to career.

SERVICES • career interest/personality assessments • choosing/changing major • workshops & career fairs • resume/cover letter/CV review • mock interviews • job & internship listings • graduate school prep • professional development • learning communities • job search • online resources 5




Nancy Bernard Director

Addye Buckley-Burnell AD, Career Development

Jay Skipworth AD, Employer Relations

Melvin K. Smith Special Events Coordinator

Torey Palmer Career Counselor

Dori Weldon Career Counselor

Meaghan Weir Career Counselor

Lauren Hobbs Student Employment Coord.

Diane Thorne IT Specialist

Alex Williamson Marketing Specialist

Karla Kirkemo Admin. Support Associate

Sue Olson Admin. Support Associate

STUDENT STAFF Graduate Assistants

Peer Career Advisors (PCAs)

Peer Event Planners (PEPs)



Shari Black Wade Manora Kaela Jimenez

Counseling Psychology Higher Ed Administration Psychology

Kirsten Failing Anna Claire Peaden Shelby Smith Matthew Stinson Will Stout Brandon Teal Amanda Woodson Ali Zakutney

Industrial & Systems Engineering English Literature Nursing Horticulture Industrial & Systems Engineering Electrical Engineering Communication Disorders Biomedical Sciences

Josh Booker James Bowen Ricky Campbell Ben Ford Leo Lagunas Drew Tewell

Industrial & Systems Engineering German International Trade Supply Chain Management Agriscience Education Building Science Industrial & Systems Engineering

Taylor Adams Allie Britton Jake Harris Natasha Walker

Accountancy Marketing Software Engineering Media Studies

Katie Cooper

Higher Ed Administration 7


HANDSHAKE Access to the best resources is at the forefront of the Career Center’s mission to provide comprehensive services to both students and employers. In spring 2016 the decision was made to upgrade to a new career services management platform known as Handshake. Implementation of Handshake began in May 2016 and continued through the summer months. Invitations for employers to join Handshake were sent in June and students were invited to join in July. April





Review of Handshake

Began Implementation

Employers Invited

Students Invited

Implementation Complete

With Handshake, Auburn students and alumni have access to a wider variety of employers from across the nation and internationally than ever before. Additionally, Handshake provides students with a cutting-edge platform to showcase skills, experiences, honors, and activities to market themselves for competitive jobs and build an effective network.


CROSS CAMPUS CAREER INITIATIVES In an effort to thank campus partners for their support, the Career Center hosted a series of six Coffee Chats where representatives from the following schools and colleges could not only ask questions about services and resources, but also be informed of the latest career initiatives. • Samuel Ginn College of Engineering • College of Architecture, Design, & Construction • College of Liberal Arts • College of Education • Honors College • College of Science & Mathematics • College of Agriculture • School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences • College of Human Sciences • School of Nursing The Career Center hosted the annual Cross Campus Career meeting in August. Eleven career specialists and others from across academic departments who deliver career services for students attended and shared information on initiatives within their areas. Representatives from Athletics, the College of Architecture, Design, & Construction, the College of Education, the College of Human Sciences, the College of Science and Mathematics, Cooperative Education, the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, the Harbert College of Business, and the Honors College participated. Along with information shared from each area, the Career Center provided insight into resources and services available to assist students and support the efforts of the academic units as well as information about career fairs and events. 9


OVERVIEW Total Counseling Contacts: 4,172 | Total Unique Counseling Contacts: 2,416 Type Walk-Ins: 1,921

Total FOCUS* Users: 2298 HONR class: 13 Career Advantage Program: 364 Prospective students: 364

Camp War Eagle: 23 AUGlobal students: 329

Email Message: 1,237

TypeFocus: 1183 Personality Inventory

Triaged: 443

Appt.: Mock Interviews: 304 267 eResume: 814


Resume Reviews*

Current students: 816 UNIV classes: 1359

In person: 1,073 : 100 students

*100% of students surveyed rated the eResume service as “helpful” or “very helpful.”

*FOCUS 2 combines self assessment, career and major exploration, decision-making, and action planning in one comprehensive tool. Internship/Job Prep.: 57

Strong Interest Inventory: 334

94% of students surveyed rated their vist to the Career Center as “helpful” or “very helpful.”


Mock Interviews

Program/Professional School Prep.: 217


Satisfaction Rating: 94%

: 100 students

IN THE CLASSROOM Teaching students about services, programs, and topics related to career development through presentations to classes and student organizations allowed the Career Center to reach a large number of students and increase exposure and awareness of the Career Center.

Eighty-four of the 230 presentations made were to freshmen taking a UNIV First Year Seminar in which students were required to utilize FOCUS2 and complete career assignments developed specifically for the UNIV curriculum.


Number of Presentations

Number of Students

Academic Classes



UNIV First Year Seminars



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BY COLLEGE College of Agriculture Career Center Liaison on Ag Hill • Each month a career counselor visited Ag Hill to review student resumes and answer career/major quesions. • Over 50 students participated. • Assisted with the College of Agriculture’s Speed Networking event, a Career Fair Prep panel, an Internship panel, the College of Ag Welcome Back Picnic, an ePortfolio and LinkedIn Workshop for the Ag Ambassadors, a resume writing workshop for Ag students, and an Etiquette Dinner. College of Architecture, Design, & Construction Career Fair • Collaborated with the McWhorter School of Building Science to host two career fairs for BSC majors in the fall and spring. Employer registration for the events was processed by the employer relations staff and on-site support was provided for student and employer checkin. Harbert College of Business Career Fair • Hosted the Spring 2016 Auburn University Career Fair in collaboration with the Harbert College of Business. 103 employers attended the event along with 1406 students from across academic majors. • Worked together to set up and launch Handshake campus-wide. College of Education Workshops • Career Center liaison reviewed student resumes during a workshop in Haley Center in preparation for Education Interview Day. • Presentations were made to College of Education Ambassadors and other student organizations to expand student awareness of career services.


Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Outcomes, reception, and presentations • The Career Center partnered with the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering to implement an outcomes survey through a platform called 12Twenty. This system allows students to report graduation outcomes as well as internships they have completed through a confidential portal. Real-time analytics provide aggregate data on employment, salaries, and other post-graduation plans. • The Engineering Student Employer reception was held the evening before the STEM expo in the fall. 132 students attended and had the opportunity to network with employers prior to the STEM Career Expo. • “Navigating a Career Fair” was presented to 27 Engineering Academic Excellence students. Presentations were made to the INSY4500 class at the beginning of each semester and other career and professional development presentations were made to classes and student organizations within the college. Graduate School Graduate Assistant and workshops • Continued funding partnership with the Graduate School for a Graduate Assistant position dedicated to working with students from advanced degree programs. • Six workshops were conducted addressing topics relevant to graduate students with 156 students participating. College of Human Sciences Career Center Liaison • Each month a career counselor visited the College of Human Sciences to assist students with resumes, internship/job search, cover letters, and more. • Average of 15 students per 2-hour session. • Hosted workshops for Human Sciences students, including a resume workshop before career fair. • The Woman’s Philanthropy Board hosted two Dining Etiquette and Professional Dress seminars for students in the College of Human Sciences. Approximately 50

BY COLLEGE students attended each session and enjoyed a formal dinner while learning about proper dining etiquette and appropriate business dress taught by the Career Center. School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Workshops • Workshops included topics on “Thinking Like a Professional” and “Personal Branding” and were hosted by the school. • Career Center representative had a table at the Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Career Fair and answered resume/ networking questions. • Mock interview day was held for students to practice interviewing skills before interviews with employers. School of Nursing Upper Division Interview Prep • Provided mock interviews for students preparing to apply for the upper division of the School of Nursing. • Two presentations discussing interview strategy and techniques were provided prior to mock interviews. • Simulation paneled interviews helped students prepare for the upper division application process. • 128 students participated in 28 practice sessions offered. University College Career Fair • Career Center staff participated in hiring process for new Exploratory Advising Center career counselor position. Fully trained new career counselor and provided ongoing support and resources for this individual as well as other staff in the center. • Worked collaboratively with the staff of the Exploratory Advising Center through presentations to classes and other programs and activities. College of Liberal Arts Presentations/Workshops • Presented to all Orientation to Psychology courses. • Workshop on “How to Navigate a Career Fair” given prior to the Auburn University Career Fair.

• Presented to all Communication majors about internships prior to their internship experience. • Worked with Associate Dean to create a syllabus and plan the new required career course, LBAR2010 – Liberal Arts Careers Preparation for sophomores. • Collaborated with Art Department to present a variety of career topics to students including cover letter development and internship search. College of Sciences & Mathematics Workshop • A workshop, Career Diagnosis for Biomedical Science and pre-professional students was held to help students explore career options outside of professional school. Students learned about employment opportunities, salary earnings for entry level positions, and determined if graduate education is still a viable option. • Over 80 students attended the four workshops. • Partnership with Alpha Epsilon Delta provided interviewing crash course for students about to begin interviewing for professional education. • Over 100 students learned about interview styles, expectations for professional school interviews, interview strategies/techniques, and resources provided by the AU Career Center. Honors College Seminars • Presented etiquette training at two Etiquette Dinners for Honors College students. Participants enjoyed a three course meal served by Honors College staff as dining etiquette was presented throughout the dinner. • Honors College Advisors participated in a day long intensive training session covering career assessments used in career counseling with the goal of enhancing their knowledge of career development and career coaching to be better equipped to assist students they advise. • Conducted a resume workshop for Honors College students. 23 attended.



WORKSHOPS & OTHER PROGRAMMING AU Global The AU Career Center provided many services to Auburn Global students, including 329 FOCUS assessments, 221InterviewStream account creations, 12 appointments/drop-ins, and 2 presentations. Additionally, the staff of Auburn Global was invited to attend one of the Coffee Chats in order to share information about services offered by both areas. Career Advantage Program (CAP) Initiated career development program with local rehabilitation center, Reprieve/Bradford Health, resulting in over $52,000 in grant contracts and community outreach for over 80 participants. Career Center staff worked with groups monthly in a classroom setting to teach topics including StrengthsFinder, resume and cover letter creation, job search and networking, and interviewing. The grant was renewed in April for an additional $51,000 to continue the program and cover outreach and career training for participants over the next year. Staff members presented the CAP program as a roundtable discussion at the 2016 National Career Development Association Conference. Dining & Professional Etiquette Dining and professional etiquette programs were conducted for student groups including the College of Human Sciences Women’s Philanthropy Board, the College of Agriculture, the College 14

of Liberal Arts Ambassadors, and the Honors College. Over 150 students attended these formal dinners and learned about proper dining etiquette, professionalism in the work place, and appropriate business dress. Student Employees All student employees attended the 2016 summer orientation training session. This half-day training included an introduction to Handshake and the expectations of working in the Career Center. All graduate assistants participated in a week long training that included meeting with representatives from all colleges on campus and formal education on all services provided in the AUCC, including assessment interpretations. Additional training for each GA was provided by supervisors concerning the liaison/specialty programs being served. Auburn on the Hill Congressional Internship The Auburn on the Hill Program assisted 10 students who accepted summer internship positions with congressional offices in D.C. A send off reception was hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Gouge that allowed students to meet other interns and learn about program expectations.

YOUR MAJOR WORKSHOP The Auburn University Career Center hosted Your Major Workshops for incoming freshmen and their parents during Spring and Summer 2016. These workshops were designed for students who were undecided on their majors and wanted to explore various majors and careers. Throughout the workshops students were guided through a variety of career assessments and activities, and

were able to speak with representatives from every college/school on campus. 188 students and 117 parents attended the workshops, and the feedback from the attendees indicated that the workshop information was extremely helpful and educational. The AU Career Center intends to host these workshops each Spring and Summer for incoming freshmen and parents.

% of students confident in making a career decision

% of students confident in naming 3 or more occupations in which they are interested

Before Workshop


Before Workshop


After Workshop


After Workshop


SOCIAL MEDIA/WEBSITE ANALYTICS 9% increase in Twitter followers

60,341 people viewed the AUCC website

: 10,000 people

25% increase in Facebook page likes

251,957 total number of AUCC website page views

206% increase in Instagram followers

50% of sessions on the AUCC website were 1st time visits




ON-CAMPUS RECRUITING (OCR) Included in the services offered to employers is the opportunity to conduct employment interviews on site (OCR) in the Career Center. Employers scheduled interviews through Tiger Recruiting Link and selected students were able to sign up for an interview time that fit within their schedule.

Additionally, employers were able to conduct Next Day Interviews with candidates they met at career fairs the day before. Many employers took advantage of Next Day Interviews in order to maximize their time at Auburn and minimize travel costs.

Fall 2015 OCR Total # of interviews: 1399

: 500 interviews

Total # of recruiting visits: 176

Total # of students: 637

: 50 recruiting visits

: 100 students

Total # of companies: 161

: 50 companies

Spring 2016 OCR Total # of interviews: 1500

: 500 interviews


Total # of recruiting visits: 195

: 50 recruiting visits

Total # of students: 563

: 100 students

Total # of companies: 165

: 50 companies

TIGER RECRUITING LINK Tiger Recruiting Link, or TRL, is an online job listing and networking tool that is free to both employers and students. Once employers create a TRL account, they are able to register for Career Center events, schedule information sessions, set up on-campus interviews, and post full-time, parttime, and internship openings. Students can then

access this information through their individual TRL accounts. The Career Center has been successfully using Tiger Recruiting Link for over 10 years. In the summer the new platform, Handshake, was implemented in order for students and employers to have access to the best system/network available.

Total Number of new Postings in TRL: 7,512

Paid Internship: 788

Full-Time: 5,587

Unpaid Internship: 244

Off-campus part-time: 274

Part-time AU dept.: 144

Off-campus seasonal: 151



STATS The mission of the Auburn University student employment program is to provide parttime, temporary, and seasonal employment opportunities both on and off campus to currently enrolled Auburn University students. This service is made possible through a $75,000 Job Location and Development (JLD) grant awarded through the Student Financial Services Federal Work Study Program. Broadly, the student employment program strives to recruit local employers to post

job opportunities and hire Auburn University students, as well as develop and support professional development through the training of both employees and supervisors. With the implementation of the new career services online platform, Handshake, the student employment program is expected to continue to cultivate unique opportunities for students to pursue in the local Auburn-Opelika community and afar.

Off-campus, part-time job postings: 540

Off-campus, part-time jobs filled: 238

$1,155,478 total student earnings

: $100,000


133 off-campus recruiting site visits

: 10 site visits

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT AWARDS Student employment fosters leadership and career development, substantive employment opportunities, transferable life skills, and personal growth. These qualities are highlighted each year during National Student Employment Week as sponsored by the National Student Employment Association. As a part of the week’s festivities, Auburn University Career Center sponsored

the Student Employment Awards ceremony and reception. This event provided supervisors and students alike the opportunity to recognize exceptional workplace performance by nominating outstanding supervisors and student employees. This past year, the Career Center received a record number of nominations and hopes to continue to see this event grow.

Total number of nominees: 103

On-campus student nominees: 59

Number of ceremony attendees: 250

Off-campus student nominees: 14

Supervisor nominees: 30

Number of office decorating participants: 8 offices Office of Enrollment Services

Office of the Registrar

COSAM Student Services : 10 site visits






Number of Organizations/Companies

Number of Students

Internship & Part-Time Job Fair



College of Agriculture Career Fair



Engineering & Technical Career Expo



Harbert College of Business Industry Fair



Graduate & Professional School Fair



Building Science Career Expo



Education Interview Day



All Majors Career Expo



Hotel & Restaurant Management Career Fair





Number of Organizations/Companies

Number of Students

Auburn University Law School Fair



Athletic Career Fair



Internship & Part-Time Job Fair



STEM Career Expo



Biosystems Engineering Career Fair



Auburn University Career Fair



Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Career Fair



Supply Chain Career Fair



Building Science Career Expo



Education Interview Day



Communication & Media Career Day



Civil Engineering Career Fair


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STAFF DEVELOPMENT 30+ webinars and in-house trainings on topics including • Social Media & FERPA

• Applying Psychology to Leadership

• CandidCareer Best Practices

• Successful Career Services Marketing

• Legal Issues & Internships

• Using Instagram to Promote Your Brand

• FOCUS New Interface

• SSC Training

• Working with Students on the Spectrum

• DiSC Training

• Workplace Expectations vs Reality

• VCOM tour and information

• Strategic Planning

• Utilizing CRM Systems in Employer Relations

• Full Funnel Marketing

• QPR Training

• International Student Hiring

• Green Dot Training

• Impactful Influencing Using MBTI

Career Center staff participated in a series of three webinars aimed at preparing students for a diverse workplace. The three sessions, Workplace Bias: What is it and how does it affect our students?, Developing the Competency to Help Students Address Diversity Issues at Work, and Preparing Students to Handle Workplace Bias Issues provided tools and resources to help students understand what diversity in the workplace means and ways they can deal with issues they encounter.


CONFERENCES Career Center staff members attended the following conferences. Rivals Retreat Mississippi State hosted the annual Rivals Retreat for the staffs from the career centers of the University of Alabama, the University of Mississippi, and Auburn University. The two day retreat consited of tours of Mississippi State’s campus, discussion groups, and social time with fellow career services staffs. NACE Nancy Bernard and Dori Weldon attended the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) annual conference in Chicago, IL along with over 2,700 other college representatives and employers. The conference offered career services professionals and employers the opportunity to attend sessions and interact with each other while learning best practices in the career industry. AACE Melvin K. Smith represented the department at the 40th annual Alabama Association of Colleges and Employers (AACE) annual Summer Conference in Gadsden, Alabama in July. He served as AACE College Board Member and Membership Chair where the membership for both colleges and employers increased significantly. Melvin was presented a resolution along with a plaque as the 2016 AACE Success Awards Outstanding College Professional of the Year. The 2016 AACE Achievement Award – Internal Informational/ Educational Programs was presented the department for the “Pathways: Academic and Curricular Progression Models”.

SoACE Nancy Bernard, Torey Palmer, and Jay Skipworth attended the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers annual conference in Austin, TX in December. Torey presented a roundtable session titled “Pathways: Academic and Curricular Progression Models”, where he discussed the Pathways initiative at Auburn University and best practices. They were also invited to tour the Apple facility in Austin and meet with the Apple College Recruiting Team. NCDA Addye Buckley-Burnell served on the conference presentation selection committee and attended the 2016 NCDA conference. Addye and Shari Black presented a round table entitled “Meaningful Work and Well-being: The Auburn University Career Advantage Program for Men in Substance Recovery.” MLI Addye Buckley-Burnell attended the NACE Management Leadership Institute in St. Louis along with 60 other career services professionals from around the country. The Management Leadership Institute (MLI) is a five-day, intense program for career services professionals who have recently assumed or aspire to leadership roles. Led by a faculty of experienced career services professionals, the MLI is designed to build and enhance key management and leadership skills needed to lead the 21st century career center.


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Auburn University Career Center Annual Report (2015-2016)  
Auburn University Career Center Annual Report (2015-2016)