FSU Career Center honored for exemplary service

The FSU Career Center is known for its dedication to student success.
The FSU Career Center is known for its dedication to student success.

The Florida State University Career Center has been recognized by the National Career Development Association for exemplifying excellence in career development.

The center received the association’s Exemplary Career Center Award in the area of Education, Government and Business at the 2018 NCDA Global Conference held June 21-23 in Phoenix.

The FSU Career Center is known for its dedication to student success. For the past five years, the center has been the No. 1 way students found employment, according to a graduating senior survey.

“The Career Center’s commitment to excellence shines as a national leader in delivering quality career services through training career counselors, developing cutting-edge career theory and research and working one-on-one with students,” said Myrna Hoover, director of the Career Center. “It is such an honor to be recognized for our efforts by this esteemed organization.”

NCDA is the leading national professional organization for career counselors and specialists. The Exemplary Career Center Award recognizes a university that promotes the continued creation and implementation of thoughtful and innovative initiatives that support career development and outstanding service.

“For more than a century, NCDA has been at the heart of the career development profession,” said Paul Timmins, NCDA president. “Our members have developed the theories that guide our work, conducted research to inform effective practice and inspired and empowered individuals to achieve their career and life goals.”

The Career Center’s innovative operations are largely based on a research model established by another arm of the Career Center, the Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development, also known as the Tech Center. Research associates in the Tech Center are both current and retired faculty from the College of Education.

The Tech Center, established in 1986, was instrumental in developing the innovative service delivery model that Career Center staff use today for career advising and counseling services. The model optimizes career advising and improves the design and use of information technology in counseling and career development. It also helps improve the cost effectiveness of career services.

“What makes our model unique is that Career Center staff are regularly working with students to ensure they are engaging early in experiential learning opportunities such as job shadows and internships,” Hoover said. “These experiences outside the classroom, along with our professional development and employment strategies, help them stand out at our employer events, ultimately preparing them for 21st century careers.”

For more information about the FSU Career Center, visit career.fsu.edu.