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2014 October

Focus on the right path for students, not just the first job after college

Finding a Student’s Calling: In a recent Inside Higher Ed story on students seeking advice from campus chaplains on career direction, Wake Forest’s Vice President of Career Development Andy Chan had the opportunity to comment on the importance of finding the right path after college rather than just the first job.

While the process may be a little more philosophical, and even spiritual, than most career counseling, Chan said he’d like to see a similar focus at more colleges. “I think a lot of times, we get so focused on outcomes — do students have a job, do they go to grad school — that all the energy is focused just on what a student might be skilled at,” he said. “And sometimes that might take a student down a path that’s not the right fit for them as a person.”

“There’s a lot more pressure now on universities to demonstrate positive outcomes. How are the students doing in respect to getting jobs or going to graduate school? I think for a long time schools have not really spent too much resources in that area, and now there’s this sense that we need to make up for that,” said Chan.