Quinnipiac introduces new career information app to students – The Quinnipiac Chronicle

Quinnipiac University has partnered with career readiness software company UpperCampus to roll out a mobile app that will provide students with a range of career-related information.

The app, CampusCT, will provide career and internship information exclusively to Connecticut college or university students through a mobile interface similar to other social media apps.

“Many employers produce content specific to their organization there,” said John Bau, director of career development at the School of Computing and Engineering. “Students can leverage the app to research career directions, college research majors.”

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Bau said the university is working directly with UpperCampus to introduce the interactive platform to Quinnipiac students.

“CampusCT aims to raise the profile of innovative employers across the state and highlight all the quality of life assets here for them as they launch their careers,” UpperCampus wrote on its website.

CampusCT is also sponsored by the nonprofit economic development corporation AdvanceCT and the Connecticut Governor’s Workforce Council, of which President Judy Olian is a member.

“This is a brand new effort from AdvanceCT and certainly from Quinnipiac as well,” Bau said. “As career is revisited on campus, we hope this will be a place where we can better leverage shared services or have central support for some of these career-related services.”

Students received an email on April 4 from their individual schools announcing the application. However, Bau noted that the university’s partnership with AdvanceCT took years.

“We’ve been in general (in contact) with AdvanceCT since at least 2020,” Bau said. “We first discovered the CampusCT app last fall. The email (students) received about CampusCT was the first direct notice – we didn’t make the decision to launch until March.

Bau emphasized that the new initiative with CampusCT will not replace any of the university’s existing job and internship platforms, such as QU Career Connections or Bobcat Connect.

“The idea is that it’s about added value,” Bau said. “It does not replace any tool we already have. We see CampusCT as another platform that we can leverage collaboratively to bring great career-related content to Quinnipiac students.

He also noted that the university hopes to create Quinnipiac-friendly content for the CampusCT app in the future.

“In the short term, it’s just another resource,” Bau said. “As the campus becomes more engaged with the app, we may be able to put in stories from alumni or upperclassmen to talk about their experience in these fields and majors.”

Some students applauded the university’s latest initiative and expressed interest in using the platform to find information on careers and internship opportunities.

“I think it’s a great idea, and definitely a more accessible way for students to easily find an internship,” said Madison Coveney, a first-year criminal justice major. “I think the school should definitely try to do more to publicize it, so seniors and future graduates know.”

Freshman nursing major Kaylee Gates expressed similar sentiments.

“I think it’s a good idea because I think people can have a hard time finding different internships and jobs and having them all in one place could be really good,” Gates said. “Even now, I’m struggling to find jobs where they hire (certified nursing assistants) or other medical (professionals), and I feel like if I knew, it would be beneficial for me to see the different jobs that are available where I live or on the surrounding campus.

Some students said they had not read or seen the email sent earlier this month about the university’s new initiative.

“I wish there was a larger announcement,” Gates said. “I feel like a lot of people haven’t heard of it and don’t really know it like me.”

Corey Windham, a senior graphic and interactive design major, recalled receiving the email regarding CampusCT, but said he was unfamiliar with the purpose of the new app.

“I know it was announced in the email, but I wish it had been explained more,” Windham said.

Although Windham said he appreciated the university’s initiative to provide students with better access to career and internship information, he agreed with Coveney and Gates in wishing Quinnipiac had done more. efforts to advertise the CampusCT app.

“I think it’s a good effort to try to provide more resources for students,” Windham said. “I think maybe (the university should) put it on Quinnipiac’s website or share it more than once in an email that most people won’t read and that might go to the spam folder. .”

Bau said the lack of student awareness was likely due to the university’s intentionally slow introduction of the new platform.

“We’ve done a very soft rollout here on this product making it available to students, so they can access some of this content and start getting comfortable using the platform,” said said Bau.

Despite the soft launch, Bau anticipates that the CampusCT app will become a greater asset to students and to the university in the months ahead.

“(We have) the hope and expectation that over the next academic cycle, as we look for ways to reinvigorate both experiential education and career development and education on our campus, there will there will be a greater sharing of central resources,” Bau mentioned.

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