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Engaging Freshmen for an EPICS Adventure. Prepared for: 26 th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience Addison, TX February 19, 2007. Presented by: Katie Kennealy, Assistant Director The Career Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our Student Affairs Challenges.

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engaging freshmen for an epics adventure

Engaging Freshmen for an EPICS Adventure

Prepared for:26th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience

Addison, TX

February 19, 2007

Presented by:Katie Kennealy, Assistant Director

The Career Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

our student affairs challenges
Our Student Affairs Challenges
  • Engage students early and keep them involved throughout their college experience
  • Build collaborations with academic colleagues
  • Raise visibility of student affairs as a resource and a partner around campus
  • Challenge students to be planful and intentional

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

an opportunity early intervention with incoming students
An Opportunity: Early Intervention with Incoming Students
  • Re-engineering of New Student Orientation
  • University-wide, first-year experience initiative, tied into the general campus mission (University 101)
  • Offered at the College or Academic Department level
  • Student Affairs can be a resource and partner

An opportunity is seized!

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

academic collaboration university 101 the career center
Academic CollaborationUniversity 101 & The Career Center
  • 2003-04 University 101 Subcommittee that identified U101 goals and recommended content as well as implementation strategies
  • 2004-05 University 101 Implementation Subcommittee charged with coordinating college-level implementation and supporting content development
  • 2005-06 Pilot year for University 101 across campuses, and our EPICS career modules!

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

unique powerful career solution
Unique & Powerful Career Solution

Engaging & interactive for students

Online – Web-based

24/7 accessibility to students

Student language

Non-traditional, unique approach

Cutting-edge

Developmental

Planful (intentional)

Action Oriented

Empowers colleague partnerships

Create outreach opportunities

Academically rigorous

Strong theoretical foundation

Self-contained / targeted to our audience

Easily applicable to all academic disciplines and student readiness levels

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

welcome to

Welcome to:

Discover your destination…Learn how to get there!

Proudly Presented by:The Career Center at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign715 South Wright Street Champaign, IL 61820

Phone: (217) [email protected] 2006, The Career Center @ UIUC

the epics team
The EPICS Team
  • Content experts
    • Three career center professionals
  • Career consultant with technology experience
  • Tech support
    • Student programmer

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

guiding components for epics
Guiding Components for EPICS
  • Theoretical Foundation
  • Technology Solution
  • Action Orientation
  • Collaborative Process

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

theoretical foundation
Theoretical Foundation
  • Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT)
    • concept of personal agency related to self-efficacy, outcome expectations and personal goals
  • Cognitive Information Processing (CIP)
    • framework to describe career decision making
  • John Holland’s Career Theory
    • identify interests and match to academic environments
  • Need-based Website Design
    • build into the technology a dialog that mirrors interactions of students with counselor

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

technology solution
Technology Solution
  • Reach computer savvy students
  • Engage students 24/7-- day or night
  • Provide initial career exploration and resources in a cost and staff effective manner
  • Visibility and accessibility of our office’s resources and services
  • Ability to gather and analyze aggregate user information

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

action orientation
Action Orientation
  • Career Coaching perspective– begin with the end in view, focus on outcomes and action
  • Built in commitment to action
  • Connect students with resources based on expressed needs
  • Printable results that summarize action commitments and next steps

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

cross campus collaboration
Cross-Campus Collaboration
  • Creating Opportunity
    • Provost Office
    • University 101 Sub-Committee
  • Developing Content & Structure
    • Career Services Council – UIUC coordinated career services offices
    • Academic Advisors
    • The Illinois Leadership™ Center

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

cross campus collaboration1
Cross-Campus Collaboration
  • Empowering Facilitators
    • Office of Minority Student Affairs
    • Liberal Arts & Sciences General Curriculum
    • Liberal Arts & Sciences / Global Studies
    • Principal’s Scholars Step Up Program
  • Engaging Colleges – a few highlights
    • Applied Health Sciences
    • Aviation
    • Communication
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Liberal Arts & Sciences

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

the epics trio content
The EPICS Trio - Content
  • Interest Explorer
    • Introduces students to a key aspect of making successful career choices – understanding their interests
  • Competency Builder
    • Presents students with five skills that apply to all majors and careers
  • Dream Resume Builder
    • Introduces students to a wide range of experiences that can form an impressive future resume

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

the epics trio structure
The EPICS Trio - Structure
  • Each module has three parts:
    • Online student activity
    • Printable results
    • Supporting instructor/facilitation resources
  • All are available on the EPICS website www.epics.uiuc.edu
  • Brief Demonstration
    • Competency Builder & Instructor Facilitation Guides

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

epics login
EPICS Login

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

my epics student activities
My EPICS – Student Activities

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

competency builder learning outcomes
Competency Builder – Learning Outcomes

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

cb brainstorming
CB – Brainstorming

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

cb brainstorm help
CB – Brainstorm Help

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

cb self estimates
CB – Self Estimates

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

cb immediate brainstorming feedback
CB – Immediate Brainstorming Feedback

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

cb immediate self estimate feedback
CB – Immediate Self-Estimate Feedback

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

cb next step commitment
CB – Next Step Commitment

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

cb next step selection
CB – Next Step Selection

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

cb summary review
CB Summary – Review

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

cb summary reflect
CB Summary – Reflect

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

cb summary commit to action
CB Summary – Commit to Action

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

instructor resources
Instructor Resources

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

instructor guidelines
Instructor Guidelines

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

instructor classroom guides
Instructor Classroom Guides

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

competency builder guide sample
Competency Builder Guide Sample

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

current usage
Current Usage
  • Data Collection in EPICS
    • Usage as of 2/9/07:
    • 4142 unique users
      • Interest Explorer: 2684
      • Competency Builder: 1854
      • Dream Resume Builder: 818
      • Instructors: 36

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

epics total users by category
EPICS Total Users by Category

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

epics users by class
EPICS Users by Class

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

epics users by college
EPICS Users by College

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

how students heard about epics modules
How Students Heard about EPICS Modules

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

student impressions fall 2006
Student Impressions-Fall 2006
  • Outcomes (Y VM; Y & SW) As a result of EPICS, I…
    • 52% Used career resources on campus
    • 51% Sought further assistance in my career exploration
    • 62% Followed some of the suggestions that EPICS gave me for future exploration
  • Satisfaction (Y VM; Y & SW)
    • 88% My overall experience with EPICS was positive
    • 78% I would refer others to use the EPICS program
    • 68% EPICS helped me strategically plan for academic and career success

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

student self identified learning outcomes
Student Self-Identified Learning Outcomes
  • “Giving me, a freshman, a wake-up call to say, “hey, the job hunt process is not as far down the road as you think.”
  • “It helped me to focus my thoughts on what I had to do now for the future. I was unsure if I wanted to stay in my major, but now I am confident that I made the right choice. Once I felt confident, I began to really enjoy my classes.”
  • “It raised my awareness towards my need to build up my resume starting right from the beginning my freshman year.”

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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From the Numbers to the Big Picture:

What we’ve learned…

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

collective action
Collective Action
  • Collaborations – we don’t have all the expertise!
    • Career
    • Academic
    • Technology
  • Empowerments – we can’t do it all!
    • Students
    • Instructors
    • Advisors

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

effectively seize new opportunities
Effectively Seize New Opportunities
  • Using University 101 as a stimulus, we will expand to a 4-year model
  • Providing resources for academic advising, diversity programs, and other counseling settings
  • Enhancing relationships by providing feedback to academic colleges and departments
  • Bringing additional resources to The Career Center - We’ve caught our Provost’s attention for this program!

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

because your career is a journey

Because your career is a journey…

From which great stories may be told!

Proudly Presented by:The Career Center at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign715 South Wright Street Champaign, IL 61820

Phone: (217) [email protected] 2006, The Career Center @ UIUC

try epics for yourself
Try EPICS for Yourself!
  • Sign the request sheet
  • Include: Name and email
  • Two week guest log-in, Feb. 21- Mar. 2, 2007
  • Log-in: first initial and last name
  • Password: epicsdemo
  • Be sure to check the “Guest Login” box!

EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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