Goodwin’s Focus Creates Careers And Strengthens The Economy
The goal of providing students with a career-focused education influences every part of the Goodwin College experience. Whether serving traditional students getting their first taste of college life, returning students completing a degree, or working adults hoping to advance within their organizations, Goodwin’s mission benefits graduates and employers as well as the regional economy.
Well-regarded for its nursing program, Goodwin also boasts a wide range of offerings in business, education, health sciences, human services, and public safety and security. Recently created initiatives in manufacturing and management and leadership were created in response to input from Connecticut employers who are facing challenges to hire qualified workers.
Goodwin invests considerable energy helping students connect with jobs through the Career Services Office. “We’ve structured our team to provide the most comprehensive placement assistance possible,” explains Lee Hameroff, Director of Career Services at Goodwin. “College career centers traditionally offer counseling and employer relations to assist students in obtaining employment. We’ve gone a step further by adding a Placement Coordinator, who bridges the gap between the graduate and the employer through more intensive counseling and networking.”
A Passion For Success
Matching graduates to jobs is more than a service for the Goodwin team: it’s a passion. In a unique, individualized approach, they evaluate graduates on the basis of their skill sets, then present them as candidates for positions that have been identified through outreach and networking. It’s a two-sided process in which Goodwin builds relationships with the employers as well as the graduates.
“Looking back on 26 years of experience in diverse work cultures, I can say that my position at Goodwin is truly the most personally rewarding,” says Placement Coordinator Patricia Cicchetti. “By the time I work with our students, they have already received excellent coaching from the Career Services team.”
Cicchetti’s work includes creating a strategy for finding the right job, assessing tools to navigate the job search, and — perhaps most important — building confidence. “Our meetings include sharing facts and emotions. Understanding where the graduates are in their lives is a critical part of the process.”
Bringing Employers And Students Together
A 2014 Goodwin Career Fair brought potential employers to campus to meet with students for one-on-one conversation. Participating organizations included AFLAC, American Eagle Federal Credit Union, A2Z Global Staffing, Change Incorporated, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Community Health Resources, CW Resources Inc., Community Health Center Association of CT, Farm Tek, Hartford Public Schools, Human Resource Association of New Britain, Maxim Staffing Solutions, Mary Kay Cosmetics, StayWell Health Center, USA Security Services, and YMCA of Hartford.
“We received a lot of positive feedback from employers, who were impressed with the quality and professionalism of our students,” explains Hameroff. “Employers felt the structure of the Career Fair made it easier to have meaningful conversations with students. Not only was the fair a great opportunity for students to network, it also allowed us to recognize employers for their continued support of Goodwin College Career Services.”
A Connection After Graduation
Goodwin maintains its partnership with graduates even after they have found employment by sharing news appropriate to their careers. As a result, a number of Goodwin alumni have come full circle with Career Services, notifying them of job leads within their organizations that may be of interest to upcoming graduates.
The value of the Goodwin program is evident in these thoughts from students: “I really appreciated the encouragement. It paid off because I just received a call for an interview — I believe I would be a perfect match!” “I can’t tell you how much you helped me get focused in the right direction for my job search. I’m excited to get to work.” “The mock interview was a huge step in preparing me for the job interview today. I was more open and less nervous… I think I nailed it!”
Cicchetti is equally enthusiastic about the process: “I find myself crying tears of joy along with my students when I hear of a successful job placement.”
Learn More About Career Services at Goodwin
Goodwin College believes fully in designing programs for degrees that lead to jobs. To learn more, visit http://www.Goodwin.edu/LearnMore or call 800-889-3282.