Building a network of employers and organizations is an essential foundation of building a career support center. The process of doing this is gradual and may not even yield results in the short term. Employer relationships often result in job and internship placement opportunities, mentors for students and even help universities better shape their curriculum to help students cultivate the skillsets they will need in their professional fields of interest.
Engaging employers is a deliberate process and rooted in the practice of building mutually beneficial relationships. However the first few steps can seem daunting and unclear. To start, you will need to have a good scope of what organizations you want to initiate a relationship with and the best means to approach that. The attached document “Employer Engagement Toolkit” provides a guide on how to do that. When you begin to have those conversations and need ideas of different ways to engage “ACN guide to engaging employers” details steps and strategies to further engagements with employers.