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Career & Professional Development Programming for Students, Grads, and Alumni

Now more than ever your students, grads, and alumni need career and professional development programming and help.

What do you want to accomplish?
Over the past decade we've developed products and services
designed to increase contributions, engagement, satisfaction and
help grads and alumni advance their careers! What would you like
to do to better serve your students, grads, and alumni?

Research has shown the number one service alumni want from their alma mater is career and professional development  training and events. Click the yellow headline for details!



Studies show the importance of mentoring and coaching on retention and alumni satisfaction.  You will learn how recent grads can provide career advice to your incoming freshmen.  Click the yellow headline for details.

Your Class of 2020 grads are heading into the WORST employment market of ANY graduation class in the history of your college.  Learn how you can help them transition from college to their careers! Click the yellow headline for details!



They it takes nearly a decade to get young alumni engaged and involved in their alumni association.  We've developed a number of ways to get your young alumni engaged, as soon as they graduate!  Click on the yellow headline for details.

A small investment in providing your alumni career and professional development programming will increase their chances of advancing their careers and having the time, treasure and talent to support your programs. Click the yellow headline for details.



Engage Parents

Parents should be seen as career encouragers. An important role they play in their student's college experience is to encourage their student to visit the career center frequently.  Click the yellow headline for details.
Our formula is simple but so very powerful
Top career authors & coaches
Your alumni have access to the career advice of top career authors and coaches from the United Kingdom, Australia, Newfoundland, Ireland, and the United States.
Scalable technology`
We deliver weekly career lectures through our Career Community technology that is designed to capture user interest and behaviors so we can continue to deliver programming that is timely and relevant.
Turnkey
Your members look to your organization to provide career and professional development support.  However you don't have the time to deliver scalable career programming on a regular basis. We do!
...a working alum, is a giving alum!

That's what Richard Bolles, author of the best selling career book of all time, (What Color is Your Parachute) said decades ago. Richard understood that the more successful your alumni were, the more likely they will contribute their time, treasure, and talent!

 A dozen polls and research reports over the past decade (Alumni Attitude Study, PEW, McKinsey, Gallup) have shown the number one service alumni want from their alma mater is career and professional development programming. In these uncertain times, this will be a valued service.
Engage Alumni
Our Career Community and Career Speaker Series are designed to deliver scalable career and professional development programming weekly without requiring staff time or effort.
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Career Speaker Series

Weekly career lecture series by top authors

Your members will be able to attend four career lectures each month that cover all everything form the job search process, changing careers, negotiating salaries, learning soft skills to advance careers, and even retirement strategies.

We call it life-cycle career programmings

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Career Community

Customized, branded website to host lectures

We will create a branded career website that will deliver the weekly career lecture series and provide you analytics of participation as well as survey alumni needs and wants.

There are four lecture series:

  1. CareerSearch
  2. CareerDiscussions
  3.  CareerSkills
  4.  CareerEncores.
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...your grads need your help!
In march of this year, your graduating seniors were finishing up their academic requirements and starting to think about visiting the career center to get help on preparing their resumes and picking up fundamental interviewing techniques.  And then, the pandemic closed their campus, canceled graduation and gave them over 25-30 million people to compete for limited jobs! Ugh!
Research by Heldrich showed that 58 percent of graduating seniors did not think their alma mater prepared them for their first professional job search. Imagine that!  You could potentially have nearly 60 percent of your young alumni who are leaving campus and not happy with the level of support they received. That will make it nearly impossible to engage them!
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Engage Grads & Young Alumni
You can start off on the right foot with your graduates by delivering career and professional development support to help them transition from college to their careers.
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First-Year GRAD Experience

College to career transition support for your grads

Your college adopted a First-Year Experience program decades ago to help students transition from high school to college. Those same students need help in transitioning form college to their careers.

We can provide you five services designed to support this transition. Those include:

  1.   Grad CareerFestival
  2. College to Career BootCamp
  3.  CareerTalk
  4.  Zoom meetings
  5. Career Speaker Series.
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Grad CareerFestival

72 top career authors and coaches share career tips!

Now entering our 7th year our Grad CareerFestival features 72 of the world's top career authors and coaches who each provide three tips in TEDTalk length lectures.  The four-day online career festival is held the fourth week of June and the second week of January. Great graduation present for grads. We provide social media marketing content, flyer, and email templates.

There are four tracks:

  1. Career Management
  2. Jobs Search
  3. Post Graduation Life
  4. Soft Skills
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College to Career BootCamp

100 page workbook encourages grads to create a career plan

This is an awesome interactive career course featuring top career authors. Students are encouraged to listen to TEDTalk length lectures and distill the lecture into three strategies they will implement.  Tracks focus on career management, job search, soft skills, and post graduation life.  Each lecture includes assignments and resources to reinforce the knowledge shared by the authors.

Includes:

  1. 100+ page interactive workbook
  2. 36 lectures by top career authors
  3. 150 career resources
  4. 50 career assignments
  5. daily email career enewsletter
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CareerTalk Podcasts

100 page workbook encourages grads to create a career plan
Podcasts are great ways to absorb information and learn new ideas and strategies.  This series features interviews with career authors and coaches from around the world who provide new strategies to launch careers, change careers, or prepare for career advancement.
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Zoom Coaching Sessions

Everyone needs a coach!
Your grads can participate in weekly group coaching sessions where career coaches develop theme discussions and share strategies and ideas on how to handle them in the workplace.  Grad who are starting their careers gain insight on how to respond to collegau
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...techniques to engage freshmen!
Your freshman are you future alumni and there is no time better than their freshman year to begin to educate them what it means to be an alum as well as what the alumni association will do to help them launch and lead their careers.  You can also help freshmen understand why they should visit the career center frequently.
Research by NACE suggests students who take ownership of their careers and participates in career center events and activities are more likely to get internships, jobs by the time they graduate, as well as jobs that are relevant to their degrees-- AND - at higher salaries!
Engage Freshmen
Colleges are focused on "student success", we think your alumni association should focused on "career success"!  We've developed programs and activities that will help you get freshmen focused on career exploration, learning job search skills, including networking with alumni.  Our program will help you increase mentoring!
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Freshmen LinkedIn Headshot Campaign
Students get a free professional headshot for LinkedIn
A great way to get freshmen to the career center is to hold a Freshman LinkedIn Profile Headshot day.  We'll bring in a professional photographer and get your bookstore, parents, orientation office, as well as your career center committed to make this a fun day for students.  Prizes, contests, and a free LinkedIn course provides incentives for students to participate.
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Advice for Freshmen
Increase student and young alumni mentoring
Your First-Year Experience program has successfully helped students transition from high school to college.  If your alumni association is not had a role in the program you should adopt the Advice for Freshmen project.  The program encourages recent grads to share advice on topics parents, academic advisors, and faculty may not be capable of answering.
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Parent Career Community
Give parents access to advice to help guide their students
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Parents want to support their students career development, but are not sure what their role should be.  Parents can download a pdf copy of the book, The Unemployed Grad, And What Parents Can Do About It, as well as a workbook they can use to give their students a foundation of information to build on.  The 60 question quiz will help students understand their they need to start working on their careers starting their freshmen year.
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Industry research
Your freshman are you future alumni and there is no time better than their freshman year to begin to educate them what it means to be an alum as well as what the alumni association will do to help them launch and lead their careers.  You can also help freshmen understand why they should visit the career center frequently.
Research by NACE suggests students who take ownership of their careers and participates in career center events and activities are more likely to get internships, jobs by the time they graduate, as well as jobs that are relevant to their degrees-- AND - at higher salaries!
Books
Pick up idea and strategies to engage your alumni
The alumni world is changing rapidly.  In order to stay relevant to young and old alumni you need to keep a pulse on the market and implement continual change in order to support the changing behaviors of each generation you serve.  Drop into our file cabinet and pull out some reading material for this weekend!
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Reports and Whitepapers
Pick up idea and strategies to engage your alumni
The alumni world is changing rapidly.  In order to stay relevant to young and old alumni you need to keep a pulse on the market and implement continual change in order to support the changing behaviors of each generation you serve.  Drop into our file cabinet and pull out some reading material for this weekend!
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Webinars
Pick up idea and strategies to engage your alumni
The alumni world is changing rapidly.  In order to stay relevant to young and old alumni you need to keep a pulse on the market and implement continual change in order to support the changing behaviors of each generation you serve.  Drop into our file cabinet and pull out some reading material for this weekend!
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LinkedIn Articles

Timely articles about issues facing the industry

They say 'the more you tell, the more you sell' which is true... but only if people actually read what you write. People read text that's punchy, interesting and helps them make a good buying decision.
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A decade of experience
We started producing career events for career centers, alumni associations and national associations soon after the Great Recession.  Durng that time we've served nearly 200 organizations and their millions of members.

Don't waste time trying to
figure it out

We've been there and done that!  We know how to provide branded scalable career and professional development programming for your alumni. Our webinars reflect relevant and timely information your alumni need during each transition of their careers.  (From graduation to retirement) 

More importantly we eliminate staff having to divert their attention to providing career content and strategies that might not be their core competence.

TalentMarks will help you increase member satisfaction, engagement, mentoring, and contributions in 2020!
Most important value-added service you can give your members!
They say 'the more you tell, the more you sell' which is true... but only if people actually read what you write. People read text that's punchy, interesting and helps them make a good buying decision.
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They say 'the more you tell, the more you sell' which is true... but only if people actually read what you write.
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