The Education iCAP team met on Teams from 1-2 PM on Thursday, November 2nd.
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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?”