The University of Louisiana System and the online education platform MyEdu today announced a partnership designed to connect the system’s 92,000 students with employers as they progress through their academic journey. By leveraging the scale of the UL System’s nine universities and the power of the MyEdu platform, students will have the tools to be able to complete their degrees in less time, establish a professional profile to better represent their skills and expertise, and connect with employers, internships, and jobs early in their academic journey.
“A recent national study found that over half of recent graduates were either unemployed or not working in a job consistent with their degree. We are determined to make sure this does not happen to our students,” said UL System President Sandra K. Woodley.
According to Woodley, the goal of the partnership is to make it easier for students to establish goals that will lead them to a meaningful career, stay on track with courses, find exciting internships in their field, and connect with potential employers early in their college years.
“We are excited about these innovative tools because we think they will make a difference for our students, and student success is our highest priority. Another high priority is meeting workforce demand and this initiative gives employers a smarter, more efficient way to recruit the talent they need,” said Woodley.
Thousands of students on UL System campuses already use MyEdu’s free online academic and career planning tools to schedule classes, develop personal education plans, and access other applications. Now, even more students will be joining and creating profiles to tell their stories in ways that traditional résumés can’t.
“The profile can highlight the same things your résumé would, but it tells a more compelling story,” said Davante Lewis, UL System student board member and a student at McNeese State University. “It’s a way you can market yourself beyond the typical ‘what did you graduate in’ and ‘what jobs did you have.’ Résumés and sites like LinkedIn are designed for experienced professionals. The MyEdu student profile is designed to show what students are capable of. It makes a huge difference in positioning yourself for a successful career.”
Lewis said students do a lot of innovative things but don’t always know how to promote themselves.
“Maybe you’re an engineering student, but you’ve only had the privilege to work in a pizza place or on campus in the bookstore. This is a way that you can show, even though you haven’t had engineering jobs, that you’re serious about engineering. Maybe you did a class project where you built a mechanical robot that irons clothes. You’ll want to highlight that project and the skills you developed in the process,” Lewis said.
Lewis, who demonstrated the MyEdu platform today for board members, said he found MyEdu easy to navigate. He predicted students will find many aspects of the profile familiar with those of other social networking sites. “The MyEdu profile and the way a student can use it to tell their story has elements in common with other social networking sites they use every day.”
MyEdu is available at 800 higher education institutions and throughout the country and offers students access to millions of jobs and internships from top college recruiters like AT&T, New York Life, Polaris and others. MyEdu’s academic, profile, and job matching tools are offered free to institutions and students. MyEdu’s employer customers pay to post highly targeted jobs and internships as well as build mentoring relationships with students, helping them to build the skills and talents necessary for success in their career.
“We are excited to partner with the University of Louisiana System who shares our mission to support student success from enrollment to employment,” said Michael Crosno, Chairman and CEO of MyEdu. “Employers have told us that the key to hiring students who have the right skills and talents to be successful is building a relationship early in their academic journey. They are excited about this unique opportunity to connect with students across the UL system.”
Woodley told the board she expects to return in the next couple of months with an update on the initiative and the employers who’ve committed to the project.
About The University of Louisiana System
The University of Louisiana System is Louisiana’s largest higher education system enrolling over 92,000 students at the following nine universities: Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and the University of New Orleans.
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