The office of Career and Academic Planning at James Madison University has recently transitioned from Recruit-A-Duke to Handshake as the latest platform to give students an opportunity to find work, internships, and career opportunities relevant to their skills and needs. The app also updates its users to networking events and job fairs that occur on-campus.
CAP plans on educating students about Handshake throughout the month of October. Emily Blake, the communications coordinator for CAP, wants students to know that there’ll be a free T-shirt giveaway on Oct. 2 from 2-5 p.m. at both SSC and Festival, where employees will answer questions about Handshake.
Chandra Lane, assistant director for staff training and development in CAP, took part in the testing process for the new system and helped make the decision to switch over to Handshake. This transition was official as of May 2, and she felt that it was more beneficial for JMU students.
“What we are looking for when we meet with students in career counseling appointments is to be able to recommend the best possible way that each student can conduct their job or internship search,” Lane said. “If we are able to have a platform that has a wider variety of positions for a student with any major, then that really helps our population much more.”
Handshake launched in 2014 with the goal of ensuring “ensure all higher ed students have equal access to every job.” Since then, it’s reached 500 universities with 250,000 employers searching for both students and new graduates.
Handshake has job and internship postings, and gives its users the ability to see who’s coming to different career fairs and what positions they’re hiring for. It is also a tool for students to book appointments with career counselors in CAP.
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