Career Impact Communities Aim to Broaden Student Career Horizons

Nicole Carrera, Assistant Director of Communications

The Office of Career Design & Development is committed to helping students plan for success after Widener. The office recently launched its free, not-for-credit Careers by Design Canvas course as a one-stop resource for students and faculty to access all that Career Design & Development has to offer.

“We really wanted to meet students and faculty where they already are and that is in Canvas,” said Julie Abrams, associate director in the Office of Career Design & Development.

This new resource will be available to students and faculty to explore modules just like any other Canvas course. Modules cover topics such as resume building, interviewing tips, salary negotiation, and more. Each module includes documents and videos to help students navigate the topic.

In addition to the standard modules, the office debuted the Career Impact Communities (CIC) module as a way to help students broaden their thinking around what careers they can pursue with their degree.

The module contains sixteen CICs each broken down by major and industry. Each CIC includes a faculty expert that students can reach out to for assistance, videos, resume examples, industry-specific job boards, and more.

“Students sometimes get stuck in the box of their major, so our goal is to pop the lid off of that box and show them all of the career possibilities that they can pursue regardless of their major,” said Abrams.

“Searching through the CICs I can see other options that I can do with my major that are maybe in another setting such as a government setting or industry setting,” said Inva Furriku ’27, a double major in business management and marketing.

The office will also be partnering with faculty to encourage students to take advantage of all of these new resources. Faculty can assign students specific modules as needed to accompany their course curriculum, or work through some of the CIC material with their students when discussing career options.

Students interested can enroll in the Canvas course for free at this invitation link

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