Career service coordinators provide career assistance to students and graduates. For students with a clear idea of which career they would like to pursue, career service coordinators answer their questions and help them look for jobs in their desired field. Students may also be unsure of which field they would like to enter, and career service coordinators help these students find direction by discussing their interests and providing necessary information and literature about potential professions. This requires an extensive knowledge of a wide variety of fields to give reliable and accurate guidance.
Career service coordinators need to be able to scrutinize a student's capacity and limitations when considering prospective careers and make a fair evaluation of the best recommendations for the student. They also need to maintain relationships with as many prospective employers as possible, and they may also choose to partner with a graduate learning community. Career service coordinators are also expected to keep a database of potential employers that is kept up to date.
This job typically requires little to no manual labor. Career service coordinators may not have colleagues with whom they work on a regular basis, but they usually have a supervisor such as a university dean or school principal. They also regularly speak with contacts in various industries, as well as the students and graduates they are assisting. Career service coordinators generally work full time during regular business hours, although they may work additional and/or alternative hours (for example, to oversee evening workshops).
A bachelor's degree is almost always required for this position, and some employers may also require or prefer a master's degree. Essential skills for career service coordinators include excellent written and verbal communication skills, creative and critical thinking skills, proficiency with basic computer programs, organization skills, and interpersonal skills.
Career Service Coordinator Tasks
Network and improve relations with employers, understanding their needs and fit to current programs.
Develop and grow internship, shadowing, and other growth programs for students.
Plan, organize, execute and oversee job fairs and other employer events on campus.
Work with students to match their skills to industry norms and successfully place students.