Career Counselor / Career Services Coordinator
Career services professionals are responsible for preparing and facilitating career preparation programs for students in either secondary or collegiate atmospheres.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Design and implement career preparation activities, resources, and career events for students involving the job search such as resume writing, interviewing, professional dress, etc.
- Regularly communicate career and internship opportunities to students
- Develop and maintain a website and/or social media for students to access career and internship opportunities and information
- Plan and coordinate career fair events
- Meet with students one-on-one by request or during office hours to discuss career opportunities and preparation
- Answer students’ questions regarding employment and placement
- Oversee student placement into internships for credit
- Serve as a liaison between the university or institution you represent and workforce representatives or potential employers in agriculture
- Develop and cultivate relationships with potential employers through cold calling, mailing, networking, and site visits
- Frequently communicate with collegiate faculty to incorporate career activities into their classes and curriculum
- Partner with other offices or departments on campus to promote career services programming
- Analyze and publish student employment data and statistics to ensure success of placement efforts
- Monitor student employment requests from the community and surrounding areas
- Participate in program advising meetings as well as department meetings
- Remain up-to-date on new potential employers as well as career development news and trends
What education and training is required?
A bachelor’s (Master’s is preferred) degree in agriculture, agricultural education, education, counseling, or a related field is required to work as a career counselor.
To pursue a career as a Career Counselor/Career Services Coordinator:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, English, communications, and mathematics.
Career services professionals and counselors work in academic settings. They are more common in agricultural and land-grant universities and colleges, but some may work at the high school level.
Future Job Market/Outlook
The future outlook for a career services counselor will be good over the next five years.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations
- The National Career Development Association
- National Association of Agriculture Educators
- American Association for Agricultural Education
- National Association of Colleges and Employers