www.recruitguelph.ca Uniting Co-operative Education with Career Services The challenges of a newly blended family Karen Reimer CAFCE Conference June 2010 Co-operative Education & Career Services 519-824-4120, ext. 52323 firstname.lastname@example.org
Agenda • Our History • Where are you? • Our Process @ UofG • Are we there yet? • Questions ???
“The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into our mind, but is how to get the old ones out”Author Unknown
Our History • Both Co-op and Career Services reporting to the Associate Vice-President Student Affairs as separate units … • Spring 1998 Co-operative Education Services moved from Student Affairs to report to the Vice-President Academic … • Spring 2004 Co-op moved back to reporting to the Associate Vice-President Student Affairs … • Spring 2005 Career Services unit joins Co-operative Education Services to create CECS …
Where are you? Are you integrated? Definition: “to form, coordinate, or blend into a functioning or unified whole” Consider: Operational Functions, Budgets, Co-ordinated Staffing, Space,
Metaphor:2 Family Systems Theory • When you blend two families you need a new equilibrium and culture • It takes 5 years to create a new blended family unit/tribe! • But only if things are functioning well and the people involved are healthy and willing to work at it
Always manage the FEAR ! • Be honest in your communication to staff ~ TRUST • Know that change can create fear • Share the vision about the integration & repeat • Understand and manage stress related to the integration ~ FEAR! • Keep staff informed about the implications the integration has to their jobs ~ FEAR • Encourage staff to get involved in building the new integrated department ~ FEAR
How we got to 2010….CECS Assessment Framework In 2006 we asked 3 Questions: 1) What are we trying to do? 2) How well are we doing it? 3) How do we know?
1) What are we trying to do? Mission: Co-operative Education & Career Services supports, trains and leads students and alumni as they make career and further education planning decisions. Objectives: • Provide students with job search skills • Assist students to discern career or further education planning • Provide experiential learning and employment opportunities CECS, University of Guelph
The Assessment Process 2) How well are we doing? • Purpose • Objectives ~ set goals each year to achieve • Programs & Services ~ to meet objectives • Intended Outcomes ~ what & why? 3) How do we know? • Assessment Tools ~ ongoing • Feedback & Change ~ ongoing
Does it makes sense? • Student Affairs Assessment Project We have done the work and don’t need to recreate • Teaching Support Services Mapping Project We have done the initial work and the TSS project and help to guide us
Vision & Values Exercise Forming Storming Norming Vision: An inspired team offering integrated services to all students and alumni contributing to their intentional and rewarding career journey Values: Respect, Collaboration, Integrity, Commitment to Excellence, Creativity
Benefits of the union • Cross training and functions: front line, marketing, job development, website, curriculum, … • One stop shop for students, alumni, employers, faculty and staff • Enhances job development/employer recruitment • One database • One employment process • Cost savings: staffing, resources, overhead, space
Challenges of the union • Change management ~ FEAR • Bringing two distinct cultures together • Cultures reflect the type of accountability • Managing the fallout of losing staff
“Any culture by definition, exists primarily to prevent change, to set in stone the lessons of the past”Author Unknown
www.recruitguelph.ca Thank You! Co-operative Education & Career Services 519-824-4120 ext 52423 email@example.com