1st Edition

Mapping the Future of Undergraduate Career Education Equitable Career Learning, Development, and Preparation in the New World of Work

    308 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This timely book explores current trends and future possibilities for undergraduate career education, the nature of the changing workplace, and its impact on students in colleges and universities.

    Built on decades of experience in career development and professional learning, the editors raise and investigate multiple critical issues facing career educators in higher education today: preparing students for the future of work; exploring the increasing centrality of experiential learning in career education; examining innovative paradigm shifts in career education; and developing strategies for equity-focused and inclusive programming for all students.

    Reckoning with the effects of Covid-19 on the world of career development, this book draws on contributions from leading scholars, entrepreneurs, and practitioners from across the fields of education, business, STEM, and the humanities to offer an inclusive and innovation-focused approach to supporting scholars, practitioners, and students involved with career education, development, and counseling for a new generation – and a new world of work.


    Part I: The Landscape of Undergraduate Career Education and the World of Work

    1. Present and Future Innovation in Career Education
      Melanie V. Buford
    2. Characteristics, Engagement, Learning, and Career Aspirations of Generation Z
      Melanie V. Buford
    3. The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be! Revisiting the Changing World of Work After Covid-19
      Tristram Hooley
    4. Part II: Critical Considerations, Inclusion, and Equity in Career Education

    5. Defining Equity and Inclusion in the Future of Career Education
      Tierney Bates
    6. Recent Trends in Mental Health and Career Concerns Among Undergraduate Students
      Andrea DePetris and Mei Tang
    7. Global Trends in Career Education and the Needs of International Students
      Elif Balin and Arame MBodj
    8. In Support of First-Generation and Working-Class Students' Career Development: Navigating the Hidden Curriculum of the Workplace
      Rashné Jehangir, Kimberlie Moock, and Todd B. Williams
    9. Part III: Paradigm Shifts in Career Education

    10. Design Thinking and the New Career Center
      Joseph M. Catrino
    11. Neither Online, Nor Face-To-Face, But Integrated Career Guidance: Introducing New Ways of Engaging Undergraduate Students in Career Learning and Reflective Careering 
      Ingrid Bardsdatter Bakke and Tristram Hooley
    12. The Rise of Multipotentiality in a New Landscape of Work
      Emilie Wapnick and Melanie V. Buford
    13. The Challenge Mindset: Empowering Students to Find Meaning and Purpose
      J.P. Michel
    14. Applying Narrative Approaches to Support Undergraduate Career Decision-Making
      Michael J. Stebleton and Mark Franklin
    15. Infusing Career into the Curriculum and the Problem of Indecision
      Heather Nester
    16. Part IV: Experiential Learning in Career Education

    17. Get Thee to an Internship: Robot-Proofing Liberal Arts Students
      Sharon Belden Castonguay
    18. The Service-Learning Collaboratory: Career Education Beyond Co-op
      Michael J. Sharp and Erik Alanson
    19. An Integrative Pathway for Success: Undergraduate Research, Access, and Mentorship in STEM
      Maya Williams, Nasitta Keita, and Lisa Y. Flores
    20. The Role of Skill Development in Higher Education: Why It Is Brain-Smart and Encouraged by Modern Technology
      James R. Stellar

    Conclusion: Looking Back, Moving Forward

    Michael J. Stebleton, Melanie V. Buford, and Michael J. Sharp


    Melanie V. Buford is an instructor of leadership education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA, and has worked for over ten years in career development across the US and abroad.

    Michael J. Sharp is an Associate Professor of Experiential Learning at the University of Cincinnati, USA.

    Michael J. Stebleton is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA.

    "In today’s higher education climate, it’s no longer good enough for institutions to focus on learning solely for learning’s sake. Students and their families expect more, and employers demand more. Having a strong career center is important, but institutions that don’t want to be left behind need to make student career readiness a campus-wide priority. Readers of Mapping the Future of Undergraduate Career Education will find new strategies for placing a deliberate, impactful focus on ensuring that students can connect what they are learning in college to their first job and their long-term career."

    -- Paul Timmins, Executive Director, University of Oregon Career Center, Former President, National Career Development Association, USA 

    "This text is timely and provocative: a much-needed resource for institutions that strive to be student ready and forward thinking in their approach to undergraduate career preparation."  

    -- La'Tonya Rease Miles, Ph.D., Partner and Director of Scale and Support, Career Launch Co-editor, Campus Service Workers Supporting First-Generation Students (Routledge, 2021)