Too often, it is easy to make the safe choice. In many cases, this is easier and less work. All change requires additional work and some degree of risk.
Why would we change from our existing system for posting job opportunities and put our faith in a startup company? Isn’t this a highly critical system designed to help our students find jobs?
We have been stuck in a classic “chicken or the egg” paradigm with both companies and students frustrated with each other for not being more active participants in the process. This has lead to continuing decline in system utilization as the spiral continued.
After years of listening to our students and employers tell us that our system was difficult to use and impossible to access from mobile devices, we decided to switch to a system designed from the “ground up” for today’s student. With intelligent prompts, suggestions for occasional users, and heavy integration with the social media that students use today, Handshake is much simpler to use.
That is only part of the issue. To make the system fulfill its potential, our launch events in the fall are designed to get students actively participating in the new system and actively thinking about their careers.
When our students return to campus in the Fall, they will have a chance to search for jobs, interact with employers, and chart their career path — all from the palm of their hand! We are excited to provide our students with the latest in job search technology by converting to Handshake.