St. Mary’s College of Maryland Incorporates Career Development into Their Courses

Can students get a degree without ever knowing what’s next after graduation?

Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, even though a STEM field like Physics feels pretty safe’ish from a career perspective, the American Physical Society announced a $2.2 million effort devoted to helping students better understand their employment and career path possibilities post-degree.

This is partially because while colleges and universities focus their undergraduate physics curriculum to prepare students for research positions, more than 65% of physics majors will not go on to pursue a graduate degree in physics or astronomy en route to a research position.

This is why the physics department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland has incorporated career development into a 3rd semester academic course – to help students truly understand their next-step options after graduation, whether it be employment or graduate school.

The takeaway? With outside organizations working hard to help us better prepare our students for life after college, how can we better do our part to incorporate comprehensive career development into our curriculum?

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.