Integrating Career With Curriculum
We want UW to be known as a school that provides not only a stellar curricular experience and robust co-curricular options, but also an integrated and intentional approach to help students prepare for their next destination. The foundation for this work is an initiative called Level Up – Build Skills Employers Want. Below you’ll find concrete strategies for embedding career competencies into your courses and we hope you’ll find one or more that seem feasible and relevant. Some of these assignments are also available in Canvas so you can export directly into your Canvas shell. If you want access to our Canvas page or if you have questions, please email Career & Internship Center Director, Briana Randall.
Promote Career Resources in Your Course Materials
Embed one or more of the following links into your syllabus, Canvas page, or email messages.
General – Main C&IC page, Career Planning resources, or C&IC Intro Video
Career Competencies – Level Up – Build Skills Employers Want or LinkedIn Learning
Your department’s internship, job, or career pages
Show the Connection between Your Course & Career Competencies
Articulate how coursework prepares students for life beyond UW.
In your syllabus, list which Level Up career competencies your course addresses
Add a course objective such as: “Students will be able to identify 3 career competencies they developed in the course.”
Facilitate a class discussion about the relationship among course topics, assignments, and career competencies
Offer Points for Engaging with C&IC Services
Allow students to earn make-up points for accessing C&IC services and submitting proof.
PathwayU – take 4 self-assessments and submit report of suggested majors and careers to you
Online Resume Review – upload resume for feedback and then submit our feedback to you
Events – attend a virtual event and submit a screenshot of their participation to you
Adapt an Assignment to Promote Job Search Readiness
Add a career theme or option to existing assignments.
When teaching persuasive writing, ask students to write a cover letter tailored to a specific job posting in Handshake
For public speaking assignments, ask students to tell a story about themselves using the STAR method to prepare them for job interviews
To prepare students to give feedback to each other on writing assignments, have them provide resume feedback to each other in pairs
Modify the Work Product to Align with Workplace Expectations
Ask students to share their learning using methods similar to those used by employers.
Have students demonstrate their learning by writing a policy brief, executive summary, grant application, or research proposal. This can be in addition to or instead of an academic paper.
To prepare students to communicate with different stakeholders, require them to present their points in a press release, marketing brochure, op-ed, curriculum manual, etc.
Ask students to summarize their findings in a short elevator speech they could give to non-experts.
Add a Skills Reflection Component to Assignments
Encourage continuous improvement, which is critical to success in any workplace.
After group projects, ask each student to write about the strengths and liabilities they contributed to their team, and what they could do differently in future group projects to be a better team member.
In conjunction with public speaking requirements, ask students to answer prompts about what they did well and what they would do differently in terms of research, preparation, and delivery.
For research projects, ask students how they evaluated information they collected and how their view of a topic shifted as they read more perspectives or looked at more data.
Create New Assignments to Promote Career Development
Use tools on our website as anchors for career-related assignments.
Assign one or more LinkedIn Learning videos regarding course content, resilience, or career competencies. Integration with Canvas makes the process of assigning and tracking completion simple and LinkedIn can help find videos relevant to your course objectives.
Require students to complete a recorded mock interview using StandOut and send the link to you for feedback.
Ask students to facilitate a career conversation (also known as an informational interview) with someone who works in a field relevant to the course and then submit a summary of the conversation.
Require students to complete the Level Up Skills Reflection Worksheet near the end of the course, to help them identify how they developed skills through your course and steps they can take to further develop their career competencies.
Invite Career-Related Guest Speakers
Supplement your voice with other perspectives on career topics.
Career & Internship Center staff enjoy speaking with classes! We are happy to join a course for a few minutes to discuss our services or for longer to dive into any number of topics. You can request a speaker here.
Ask recent graduates to speak about how they use skills gained through coursework in their jobs, what career competencies they use most frequently, and what tips they have for students.
Invite an employer to share how course concepts show up in their roles and what career competencies are more important for new hires in their field.
Promote Career Resources in Your Department
Integrate career topics into department web pages, student messaging, and faculty meetings.
If your department webpage has internship or career subpages, add links such as the Career & Internship Center main page, Handshake, or our Outcomes page. If your department does not have such pages, inquire about the possibility of adding them
If your department communicates with students via email newsletters, blogs, Facebook, etc., review for career-related content and, if missing, suggest adding links such as the Career & Internship Center main page, Handshake, or our Outcomes page
Invite a C&IC staff member to speak about career competencies at a faculty meeting
Create New Courses
If your department does not already do so, consider adding a career-related course.
Develop a 1-2 credit course offering methods for students to identify, highlight, and present competencies gleaned from their major. Click here for an example.
If your department does not have one, develop a credit-bearing course tied to the learning associated with internships. Click here for sample syllabus.