Career Center Launches Pathways Program

August 29, 2011

Pathways Program

With the support of the HSI Title V Grant, student success can also be fostered through technology.  Our team has partnered with the CSUN Career Center to provide a new interactive online tool designed to help CSUN students make meaningful decisions about their time in college and beyond.

After five years of development, the Career Center released Pathways, an academic and career planning tool, to all CSUN students during the spring semester and successfully reached out to a total of 1,225 freshmen through a series of 49 sessions introducing them to Pathways.

“I’m thrilled to introduce freshmen to Pathways,” said Monique Corral, Career Advisor with CSUN’s Career Center.  “One of the ways I get to do this is through the freshman seminar, University 100 when classes visit the Career Center.  During their visit, students are introduced to the career exploration process and career decision-making model through discussion and exercises; and to Career Center services, programs, and resources, including Pathways.”

Pathways is tailored for CSUN students and can be accessed through the student portal.  Students can complete self-discovery activities to identify their top interests, values, and skills; explore over 300 occupations and 200 undergraduate programs of study and areas of concentration; and connect to important campus resources that will help them navigate through their college experience.  In addition, new features are being developed and introduced in a series of updated releases, including the new “Northridge Stories” videos.  Over 10 videos now depict the various pathways that students have followed on their journey through CSUN.

In March, the CSUN Career Center hosted Re-Connect, a career development event where students met their new Career Advisor under the HSI Title V Project, participated in hands on demonstrations of Pathways, and re-connected with their strengths after having previously taken the StrengthsQuest assessment and participating in a group interpretation of the assessment.  Students participated in activities at various stations, including one in which they were asked to consider how their top strengths interacted and worked together and where they were guided to build a visual model from clay representing the dynamic relationship of their top strengths.  “These activities helped me identify my five strengths,” said Marrisha Robinson, CSUN freshman majoring in Kinesiology and Peer Mentee in the HSI Title V Grant Project.  “I know that this experience is going to benefit me because I now realize how all my strengths connect to my goal of becoming an orthopedic doctor.”