2020 MCC Professional
Development Conference


Session 4 - Roundtable Discussion

Launching an Online Mentor Program - From Collaboration Through Implementation
Sue Gordon, Stevenson University

This session will provide a brief overview of Stevenson's launch of a new mentor program, designed to connect students, alumni, and community partners using an online platform. We'll discuss: how we collaborated with alumni relations and student affairs to successfully partner and obtain the necessary budget; our procurement process, price negotiation, and selection of one vendor from a field with many choices; our implementation strategies, successes, and challenges. There will be open discussion among attendees to learn how other MCC schools have approached alumni mentor programs and what challenges and successes they have experienced.

The Role of Student Employment in Career Education: Large-scale, Small-scale, and Everything in Between
Stephen Wallis, Goucher College

I originally conceived this session to be an opportunity to share information about how last academic year Goucher implemented a student self-reflection aligned with the NACE competencies, but based on a lengthy discussion at a recent MCC Employer Relations meeting I think there is also a lot of interest in hearing how our MCC colleagues utilize student workers in their office to assist with Career Education tasks and also just how student employment works at other schools in general. So now I'd like to host this roundtable session as a comprehensive discussion of how our different offices are integrating career education and student employment from the global campus-wide scale down to the departmental-level. I would be able to share detailed information about Goucher's initiative involving the NACE competencies, and then I could also talk about the roles that student workers serve in Goucher's Career Education Office, and solicit input from participants about how student workers are utilized in their offices. I think these broad but cohesive topics are ripe for discussion, and with my specialized knowledge and experience I think I am uniquely qualified to facilitate that discussion, wherever it may lead.

From S.T.A.R. to S.O.A.R.: How AI Systems Could Change Candidate Preparation
Alan Jones, Notre Dame of Maryland University

Interviewing for AI-based video interviews presents a new challenge for preparing job candidates. Some aspects look similar such as the use of behavior-based questions. This question is used by employers to reveal a person's past behavior and indicate their future behavior. In AI-based, one-way video interviews, these questions have a new use. They evoke more emotiveness from candidates. AI collects data on intonation, expression, and word choice. Behavior-based, situational judgement, and role-play questions generate more expressive responses. They increase the data input by generating more exaggerated facial movement and voice inflection. The discussion will raise questions about whether and how career management professionals should distinguish AI-based video interviews from other video interview formats. Are there enough differences to effect candidate preparation?


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