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The Pressure of Career Advisory in an Evolving Workforce

Empower career advisors in the changing work landscape. Overcome skills gap challenges with personalized tools and resources for students. Enhance advisor efficiency through training, access to technology, and real-time insights. Shape a better future of work with 1Mentor's data-driven recommendations.

May 15, 2023

As we continue to navigate the changing world of work, career advisors and students alike are feeling the immense pressure of closing the skills gap to stay competitive. Career services staff, we see you and admire your work! 

Not only do you have to organize thousands of meetings while juggling an already overfilled schedule, but you also aim to have every student experience the benefits of apprenticeships, internships, and co-ops that are best suited for their individual needs. And you simply can't know all the answers for every specialized career. 

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We know it's a lot, but we also know how big a role these work-integrated learning opportunities play in students' futures and the future of work. Let's find better ways to make successful connections with students and provide them with the best resources for success.


The challenges of career advisors

As career advisors, you play a critical role in getting students successful co-op programs and work placements. To do this, you’d need to understand the abilities and skills of each student. However, with more students in higher education, providing personalized guidance is a challenge. 

Ideally you’d build strong relationships with students and understand their individual needs and interests. But, with a small team of advisors, it can be impossible to do this for everyone. 

We've experienced this ourselves when our founders worked in these departments! As career support becomes even more important for students, advisors need more resources and tools to help ensure every student can explore the benefits of apprenticeships. How can we equip them with these resources?


Empowering students and career advisors

We provide students with the knowledge for their careers, but in an ever-changing world, they need to continue learning beyond the classroom. Career opportunities depend on students preparing and learning outside of their program to elevate their skill set. 

We can help by empowering students with tools and resources to take control of their career development. The more they know, the more often they are matched with helpful courses, successful apprenticeship programs, and practical resources. Here are just a few ways to empower students:

  1. Online courses and workshops: These can be used to supplement classroom learning and help students gain a deeper understanding of their chosen field.
  2. Staying up-to-date on LinkedIn, the industry needs, and trends: By staying connected, students can understand emerging career opportunities and stay ahead of the curve.
  3. Recommendations on study materials, tutoring, or mentoring services: These can help students overcome skill gaps and build confidence in their abilities.

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There are many ways to empower ourselves as career advisors too!

  1. Training and Professional Development: these opportunities to help advisors stay up-to-date on the latest industry trends, best practices, and technologies. 
  2. Access to Resources: a range of resources such as industry reports, labour market data, and job market trends help us provide students with relevant information for career decisions.
  3. Technology: modern career assessment tools, career planning software, and other technology can make our work more efficient and effective. This can also help you better understand students’ needs and match them with appropriate opportunities.

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The future of work needs career advisors

Career advisors, you are essential for the future of work! You help students stand out in the job market and pursue the skills required for success. We believe it's critical to support you so that students can find successful co-op program, so they gain work experience and become better prepared for the workforce. So through 1Mentor, we strive to help you do your job better. 

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Students need our help to identify human and specialized skills to stand out, such as problem-solving, communication or the ability to work in a team. They also need support to pursue the technological skills that are needed for a successful experience in the workforce. 

Even with technology making more information more available, learners need support and guidance to use that information and knowledge in the best possible way. That’s where career advisors play such an important role: in helping students become skilled workers.

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Have you ever imagined a tool that allows you to connect one-on-one with students and help them thrive with real-time and data-driven recommendations?

Our innovative tool provides career advisors with up-to-date industry insights. You get tailored recommendations for your students so you can better equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their chosen careers. Together, we can help create a better work future for all.

"To provide personalized insights and recommendations to students is the turning point for preparing students for the future of work." - Director of Career Education - University of Alberta.