Rollins to Launch New Career Planning Platform

In August, the Center for Career & Life Planning will launch a new system to make it easier for students to search for jobs and network with employers.

Director of Career Development Anne Meehan discusses career preparation with a student. (Photo by Scott Cook) Director of Career Development Anne Meehan discusses career preparation with a student. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Rollins College’s career centers for Arts & Sciences, College of Professional Studies, the Holt School, and the Crummer Graduate School of Business have announced a new partnership with Handshake, an online career management platform that will be available beginning in the fall semester. The platform can help Rollins students and alumni streamline connections to friends, colleagues, career resources, and events.

The new system replaces Rollins R-CareerLink/Jobs for Tars accounts and will be available to all Rollins undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni beginning this August.

With its user-friendly features, like a newsfeed similar to what users see in LinkedIn and Facebook, Handshake has the potential to engage and connect even more students and alumni with opportunities and career resources.

“We’re excited to offer a system for students that will drive engagement and thus motivate them to be early and active participants in the career planning process,” says Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Lisa Johnson. “Ideally, we want 100 percent of our current students to create a profile.”

Handshake is accessible on any smartphone, tablet, or computer and more than 100,000 college and university students and 2,000 employers have already joined. Rollins Center for Career & Life Planning will offer web tutorials and in-person training sessions to help new Rollins users get up and running in the 2015-16 academic year. Even first-year students can benefit from early career connections and planning.

“We strongly encourage all students and alumni to create a profile and upload career documents as soon as possible so that they can begin to connect with employers and opportunities,” Johnson says.

More information about account set-up and training will be available on the Rollins Center for Career & Life Planning website this August. For questions, please call 407-646-2195.