Dr. Angela Christie was selected as the faculty director of the next Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): College to Career: Career Readiness through Everyday Competencies in fall 2018. College to Career is a university-wide initiative that will increase students’ ability to recognize and demonstrate the career competencies they are learning through their curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences. As faculty director, Dr. Christie oversees the development, refinement and implementation of College to Career and works with units and personnel across the university. She is working with departments to design their plans for QEP participation, conducting periodic surveys and assessments to measure the QEP’s success, and planning activities to raise faculty and student awareness about the QEP on all campuses. A senior lecturer on the Atlanta Campus in the Department of English, Dr. Christie has been the associate director of Lower Division Studies since 2007. In that capacity, she has mentored graduate teaching assistants, edited the university’s Guide to First-Year Writing, served as the assessment reporter for the department’s core courses and developed paired-instructor courses for the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Christie has led her department in developing college-to-career assignments, curricula and pedagogical practices in core courses and the major.
Georgia State aims to make career preparedness a large part of a student’s academic pursuits. The College to Career initiative develops curricular enhancements that help students become aware of career competencies, connect those competencies to the work they do in the major, and demonstrate their proficiency of transferable skills.
What are Career Competencies?
The National Association of Colleges and Employers highlight eight career competencies most valued by prospective employers. Those competencies are:
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
How does this help students transition to the workforce?
By introducing Career in the First Year opportunities, students will be introduced to the competencies, university services, and major and pathway career options during the orientation and 1000-level courses.
Funded by grants, majors and pathways will create competency-rich curriculum in introductory, touchstone, and capstone courses. Majors and Pathways will also engage in intentional career-focused adjustments that include competency training, career exploration, experiential learning, and e-portfolios.
Where and how will I see these curricular changes?
All orientation courses introduce students to Portfolium, an e-portfolio system that helps students document their career skills. Students can make their pages public-facing. Employers can search or view public-facing pages to see students’ artifacts, which present audio/visual/and digital examples of earned career skills.
Majors and Pathways are currently developing career-readiness curriculum for their introductory and capstone courses and promoting ways students can demonstrate their skills by taking advantage of Signature Experience, Domestic Field Schools, Study Abroad, and Internship opportunities. Additionally, majors and pathways are strengthening their relationships with University Career Services and University Advising to infuse their curriculum with career exploration events and activities as well as making clear the career competencies available in their courses.
Are you a member of an organization? Have you completed the Leadership Certificate? Do you volunteer in your community? Are you currently working in a job related to your degree? Most GSU students are active outside the classroom on and off campus. The College to Career initiative trains professional staff to help students connect and translate their life, employment, and extra-curricular activities into marketable career skills related to career competencies.
How will GSU measure the success of the College to Career initiative?
The initiative is part of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan. QEP administration team has developed career readiness course modules to be used in 1000, 2000, and major and pathway courses. QEP administration works with departments and programs to create curricular adjustments and assess their effectiveness. QEP administration also promotes and monitors faculty training on course outcomes, assignment creation, and Portfolium management.