ASU business students of all levels translate their education into meaningful career pathways

New virtual career center at ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business connects students with resources, information, employers

February 22, 2021

Arizona State University business students, numbering 16,000 bachelor’s and master’s degree students across 50 programs, can translate their education into meaningful career pathways thanks to the new W. P. Carey Career Management and Employer Engagement virtual career center.

As career development has continually become a greater focus for today’s students, and expectations for online, on-demand services grow simultaneously, the W. P. Carey Career Management and Employer Engagement team upgraded their virtual presence to give students customized, career-related resources, information and advice. McCord Hall Download Full Image

Partnering with uConnect, creators of the first ever all-in-one virtual career center, the W. P. Carey School launched to connect students to employers and opportunity, as well as the valuable career resources they’ll need throughout their time at ASU and beyond.

“Students at the W. P. Carey School of Business receive a world-class education that prepares them to be positive change-makers and leaders in the business world and beyond,” said Sharon Irwin-Foulon, executive director for Career Management and Employer Engagement.

“The mission of the CMEE team is to help students translate their education into meaningful career pathways,” Irwin-Foulon continued. “Our new virtual career center has significantly enhanced our ability to connect with students early and often and guide them in sharing their unique story and work experiences so they can differentiate themselves in the business world.”

Every step of students’ college journey

The W. P. Carey virtual career center is organized into digital communities that align to both class year and program. For example, sophomores studying finance will find a community specifically for them, and juniors studying finance will access a separate community distinctly for them. This allows students to easily find information that is highly curated and targeted to both their career interests and their stage in the career development process. 

Each community contains resources and information pulled in through educational tools for events, internships, and job opportunities; industry guides; mentors; and student organizations. Communities also feature a dedicated career coach, professional courses for students, and advice both developed by the career center team and curated from trusted online business platforms.  

Automatically customized newsletters sent from within the new platform deliver content driven by students’ interests and aspirations; no two newsletters are the same. This keeps each student engaged in their career journey without overwhelming them with less relevant information — cutting through the noise of the countless emails and communications students receive each day. 

Coming soon: Resources for employers, alumni and prospective students

While the benefits of the new virtual career center are immense for both current students and the Career Management and Employer Engagement team, its impact doesn’t stop there. The platform will also allow prospective students and their families to see exactly how rich the career development experience is at the W. P. Carey School. And for faculty, the virtual career center provides a single, streamlined space where they can guide students in advising appointments and share relevant industry news and information. 

Soon, employers and W. P. Carey School alumni will find communities specifically designed for them. Employers will be able to easily find information about recruiting, submitting opportunities and partnering with the career center team. Alumni will find a wealth of career resources, information and opportunities designed for professionals who have already launched their careers but may be looking to pivot or find new opportunities.  

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2 School of Social Work centers integrate to strengthen research capacities, community partnerships

February 22, 2021

Two Arizona State University research centers — the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center and the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy – are integrating to strengthen their research capacities and their community partnerships, School of Social Work Director James Herbert Williams announced.

“Each center has a distinguished record of conducting high-quality research by partnering with communities to address important community needs,” Williams said. “This combining of research capacities and structures will benefit our communities and the school.” Natasha Mendoza, Sabrina Oesterle, School of Social Work, SIRC, CABHP, Arizona State University Natasha Mendoza (left) director of the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and Sabrina Oesterle, director of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, Arizona State University. Download Full Image

Both centers are based at the School of Social Work and for now the Center for Applied Behavior Health Policy will remain as an independent unit under the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center's umbrella, said Sabrina Oesterle, School of Social Work associate professor and Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center director.

Each center has its own community advisory board, both of which will remain separate, Oesterle said. 

Williams said the Center for Applied Behavior Health Policy's administrative responsibilities for the ASU Community Collaborative are transitioning to the School of Social Work and the initiative will remain at the former Westward Ho hotel on the Downtown Phoenix campus.

The collaborative is an interprofessional service unit that provides ASU students with real-world service learning opportunities, while enhancing the quality of life and functioning of individuals and communities. About 300 seniors and individuals with disabilities live in subsidized housing at the Westward Ho. 

“We will continue to provide services to Westward Ho residents and continue training (School of Social Work) students,” Williams said.

Williams said the school also will administer continuing education opportunities, such as an annual summer institute and winter institute, that formerly fell to the Center for Applied Behavior Health Policy.

The centers’ integration will allow services to be provided more efficiently, said Center for Applied Behavior Health Policy Director Natasha Mendoza, a School of Social Work associate professor.

“Leveraging the research infrastructure (at the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center) allows us to be a more productive entity,” Mendoza said.

The integration will prevent the possibility of both centers competing for the same grants, Mendoza said. Combined, they can create a stronger application that will benefit the community, she said.

The Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center's work in prevention and the Center for Applied Behavior Health Policy's emphasis on intervention also will be maximized by integrating the two centers, as each will be able to better support the other’s efforts, Mendoza said.

The centers and the School of Social Work are part of the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Mark J. Scarp

Media Relations Officer, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions