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How college and university career service offices address the different needs of diverse students

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Anita Jobb AvatarAnita Jobb
August 16, 2023

For most of their history, institutions of higher education such as colleges and universities were reserved to the wealthy and privileged. They were elite institutions for the elite of society.

Today, in most countries, colleges and universities are increasingly opening their doors to students who are neither wealthy nor privileged. Many and perhaps most still are, as it is pretty difficult to be admitted, attend, and graduate from a college or university without significant financial support. If your family is impoverished, it is unlikely that such financial support will be available to you. Some assistance through need- and merit-based aid programs such as scholarships exist, but rarely do they pay for daily essentials such as food, rent, and healthcare.

Not all diverse students, of course, are impoverished. Some are quite wealthy, some benefit from positions of privilege, and some both. Fortunately, schools are getting better at understanding that some students need more help than others, and that includes the career service offices. At College Recruiter job search site, we find that most of these offices understand that the modern university is a microcosm of our global society, rich with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

The career service offices within these institutions have the unique responsibility to understand and address the different needs of each student. It’s a complex challenge. It requires care. Here are some examples of how career service offices address the needs of different kinds of diverse students:

LGBTQ+ – Understanding the unique needs of LGBTQ+ students means offering support and resources tailored to their experiences. Connections with inclusive employers. Guidance. Respect for identity. A safe space.

First Generation – Navigating the world of academia is a daunting task for first-generation students. College career services must provide guidance and mentorship to help them chart a successful path. An unfamiliar journey made clear.

Black and African American – Building connections and opportunities tailored for Black and African American students requires a focused and intentional strategy. Networking. Cultural understanding. A pathway to success.

Latinx – Career services must recognize and celebrate the rich diversity within the Latinx community. Language support. Community engagement. Opportunities in sync with cultural values.

Economically Disadvantaged – Financial barriers should not deter ambition. Scholarships. Internships. Job placements. Tailored support can break down walls.

Women – Gender equality in career advancement is an ongoing challenge. Career services must promote and facilitate opportunities for women in all fields. Equal footing.

International – Navigating a new country’s job market is perplexing. Career services must guide international students through visa regulations, cultural differences, and more. A world of complexity simplified.

Disabled – Accessibility and tailored support are key. Adaptive technologies. Understanding employers. Every student’s potential realized.

Veterans – Transitioning from military to civilian life can be disorienting. Career services must bridge this gap. Honor. Respect. A new mission.

Neurodiverse – Unique thinking deserves unique approaches. Individualized support. Recognition of strengths. The right path found.

Athletes – Balancing sports and academics is a rigorous task. Time management. Networking. A dual career strategy.

Native American & Indigenous – Understanding and respecting cultural heritage. Community connections. Pathways that honor traditions.

Asian American & Pacific Islander – Celebrating diversity within the community. Tailored support. Opportunities aligned with unique needs and goals.

DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, colloquially referred to as DACA, is a United States immigration policy that allows some individuals with unlawful presence in the United States after being brought to the country as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for an employment authorization document (work permit). For career services, these students often have complex legal issues and often require emotional support and guided pathways.

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