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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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


  6. 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) 333-0820www.careercenter.uiuc.edutcc-epics@ad.uiuc.edu 2006, The Career Center @ UIUC

  7. 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

  8. Guiding Components for EPICS • Theoretical Foundation • Technology Solution • Action Orientation • Collaborative Process EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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

  17. My EPICS – Student Activities EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  18. Competency Builder – Learning Outcomes EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  19. CB – Brainstorming EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  20. CB – Brainstorm Help EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  21. CB – Self Estimates EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  22. CB – Immediate Brainstorming Feedback EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  23. CB – Immediate Self-Estimate Feedback EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  24. CB – Next Step Commitment EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  25. CB – Next Step Selection EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  26. CB Summary – Review EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  27. CB Summary – Reflect EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  28. CB Summary – Commit to Action EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  29. Instructor Resources EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  30. Instructor Guidelines EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  31. Instructor Classroom Guides EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  32. Competency Builder Guide Sample EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  33. 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

  34. EPICS Total Users by Category EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  35. EPICS Users by Class EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  36. EPICS Users by College EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  37. How Students Heard about EPICS Modules EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. From the Numbers to the Big Picture: What we’ve learned… EPICS  2007 The Career Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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) 333-0820www.careercenter.uiuc.edutcc-epics@ad.uiuc.edu 2006, The Career Center @ UIUC

  44. 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