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Tips to Link Classroom to Career

Sometimes students fail to see how their college learning will influence their future work and personal life. The importance of linking learning from classroom to career is a high priority for Texas public institutions.

“By the year 2030, all graduates from Texas public institutions of higher education will have completed programs with identified marketable skills.” - Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The good news? Our classes are already filled with relevant learning and skills development. We just need to make sure students see the links to their future.

Here are a few tips to help you encourage students to link their classroom experiences to life after college.

Take time to relate your learning outcomes to career options in your field.

Create a reflection assignment that asks students about their career aspirations and how your class might be useful for helping them meet their goals.

Share data about the skills employers want and where you cover them in your class.

Connect students to people outside of the university who can share their experiences.

Create experiential learning opportunities such as service learning, project-based learning, or internships.

Let students know how the course material relates to life after college, even if it isn’t for a career. Remind them that writing, teamwork, critical thinking, leadership, work ethic, and public speaking are essential to life after college.

Talk about the UTSA Career Center. A lot. Better yet, bring them into class.

Talk about internships in your field, particularly paid ones. Many students may see internships as hard to get or impossible because they need paid work. Help them find affordable options.