Following the completion of the iWG assessment of Edu007 Big Ten Career Fair, the recommendation and assessment were transmitted to Jim Hintz, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success, Inclusion, and Belonging.
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- 6.5 Sustainability at Career Fairs
- iCAP 2020: Illinois Climate Action Plan
Key Objective: 6.5 Sustainability at Career Fairs
The iCAP 2020, objective 6.5 is: “Partner with The Career Center and potentially other career offices in FY22 to help students explore and discover career opportunities that are connected to professional interests and goals related to sustainability. Incorporate a sustainability component at a minimum of two events beginning in FY22.” The responsible campus unit for championing this objective is Career Center with the support of iSEE. Progress is tracked in the iCAP Portal project page for Sustainability at Career Fairs.
As students search for internship and employment opportunities beyond the university, we aim to encourage them to let organizations’ sustainability commitments guide their decision-making.
Career fairs are essential to student exploration of internships, jobs, and professional development both on campus and off. We propose to pilot a sustainability component in existing campus career fairs. Participating organizations may opt to display an “Eco-Friendly” tag to serve as a sustainability designation; alternatively, this objective may include a networking component or career panel to engage students with sustainability-focused opportunities.
Following the initial rollout of this method, a survey will be distributed to student attendees to solicit feedback on questions such as “Did the ‘Eco-Friendly’ tags influence your decision-making?” and “Are you more likely to pursue opportunities with companies who self-identify as sustainably-oriented?”
The Education iCAP team had a hybrid meeting from 5:00 P.M. - 6:00 PM on Monday, August 29th. The team reviewed the Education iCAP objectives, shared project updates, and brainstormed new action ideas for this semester.