NACE Flash Poll – Are We Placement Officers?

kevin grubbNACE Ambassador Kevin Grubb
Assistant Director at Villanova University’s Career Center.
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A hotly debated term in career services is “placement.” Are first-destination surveys reports on “placements” of students? Should career services offices take on the role of being “placement” officers? Especially with the college “return on investment” talk heating up, this is something I hear many discussing.

So, career services professionals, what do you think? Vote in the flash poll below and share your thoughts in a comment! (Note: flash poll votes are anonymous.)

 

For more on first-destination surveys (sometimes called “placement” surveys), read NACE’s Position Statement on First-Destination Surveys. First-destination surveys will be one of the topics discussed at the Advocacy Mashup for Career Services on January 31, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

2 thoughts on “NACE Flash Poll – Are We Placement Officers?

  1. I think the focus is more on education outcomes than on placement rates. Besides, the term placement puts the responsibility on the school while in reality there is a shared responsibility for success.

  2. Labels and metrics are so important and intertwined in the above context. Here’s why…

    Every Career Services offering is a business. It has it’s own Profit & Loss Statement.

    Labels are important to a CS business because it serves a market that provides evidence that labels are important to it.

    Metrics are important to understanding viability and sustainability of the CS business model.

    If the CS business is subsidized the power to decide what labels and metrics to use goes to those leaders who want to protect the subsidies AND ATTRACT the market better than competitors. After all, that’s how they stay in business.

    If the CS business is NOT subsidized the power to decide what labels and metrics to use goes to those leaders who want to be profitable BY ATTRACTING the market better than competitors. After all, that’s how they stay in business.

    (DISRUPTION WARNING: Higher Ed is a business in an industry WAY MORE powerful than the CS industry. As High Ed loses its subsidies there is a lot of “pain” going around as institutions adapt to be profitable BY ATTRACTING the market better than competitors.)

    It’s up to us, as CS leaders, to strengthen viability and reduce sustainability risk of our business model at every turn. I believe that the most viable and sustainable business model will offer academic education, vocational guidance, career education, placement liquidity, and life design in total or in part when appropriate.

    Good luck to us all because we all have the same ideal in mind–to help people be happy and productive while serving others.

    In a world with out subsidies, what labels and metrics will (would) you use?

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