Career Champions

NC State Career Champions are university staff/faculty/graduate students who have a special interest in facilitating an innovative culture and environment of career awareness in their college, unit, or department.

Certified Career Champions agree to communicate current career identity and career readiness techniques to students. They will encourage students to engage in career development.  Certified Career Champions must recertify annually.

Career Champions will learn cutting edge career information and trends to improve their role as an advisor, staff mentor, counselor, and/or coach.

Champion Requirements

In order to be eligible to be an NC State career champion, employees must meet the following criteria:

  • SHRA, EHRA, EHRA-Faculty or a graduate student or postdoc in good standing.
  • The employee or student must be in good standing with no active/pending disciplinary actions or documented disciplinary actions within the preceding 18 months.
  • Receive approval from their supervisor or academic adviser to participate.
  • Be able to attend and complete the mandatory Career Champion training.  Training is held on August 10th (distance ed) and on August  16th (in person in Talley) with breakfast and lunch.
  • Be committed to being a Career Champion for the academic year incorporating the toolkits into student conversations when appropriate.

Career Champion Training

This 7-hour training program is for university staff/faculty/graduate students who have a special interest in facilitating an innovative culture and environment of career awareness in their college, unit, or department. Certified Career Champions are open to having career conversations with students and share up to date career resources. They will encourage students to engage in Career Development Center programming such as the Career Identity Program, PackPros, Co-Op, ePACK, etc.  

Certified Career Champions must complete a shortened training to recertify annually.

Agenda for Initial Certification
Welcome and Introductions 
Expectations and Today’s Plan 
Ask the ‘Pack for Networking ‘Pack Career Chats for Inspiration
BREAK
Student Resources- What the Career Development Center offers to students and when to refer
Career Identity Program- a special hybrid program for career decision making
Focus 2- A user-friendly career assessment customized to NC State’s majors and minors
PackPros- A Virtual Career Readiness Certificate Program
What is a Career Crisis and how do we offer triage?
LUNCH
How can Career First Aid be applied?
Group Practice Activity
Group Discussion
Mental Fitness Tools
What is a Career Curious Student?  How can the Storytelling Tool help?
Observe a Live Storytelling Tool Demonstration
Final Questions/Next Steps/Photo and Evaluations