This spring, it’s estimated that U.S. colleges and Universities will award 1.8 million bachelor’s degrees. While the vast majority of students say they are attending college to get a good job, unemployment rates are 2.3 times higher for recent graduates than for college degree holders overall. It’s clear that getting a job today often requires more than a diploma. To assist the graduating classes of 2015 and beyond in closing this gap, InsideTrack, a leading student success organization, and Chegg, the Student Hub, today announced a partnership to bring professional career coaching directly to students.
With less than 40% of graduates ever using their on-campus career services centers4, and the average ratio on college campuses nationwide at 1,889 students to each career services professional5, a need exists to reach today’s students with digital tools that meet their expectations for on-demand availability. Through InsideTrack’s web and mobile-enabled platform, students anywhere, irrespective of the educational institution they attend, can now access the tools they need to manage their job search and prepare for long-term career success on-demand, anytime, anywhere.
Students who subscribe to the service can work with the company’s professional career coaches and access expert content — including interactive training modules, videos and live streaming workshops — in whatever format is most convenient for them, from voice calls and instant messages to online videos or the Career Coaching mobile apps for iPhone and Android. Coaches work with students to assess their career-readiness, help them plan their job search and guide them to develop skills such as resume writing, interviewing tips, cover letter writing, and more.
According to InsideTrack CEO Pete Wheelan, the service is based on InsideTrack’s experience coaching students at many of the nation’s leading colleges and universities. “Over the last 15 years, we’ve coached 1 million students across more than 850 academic programs,” Wheelan notes. “Now, thanks to our partnership with Chegg, we can make that same great coaching available to all students in a highly affordable and convenient way.”
“Chegg is committed to student success, and a very important measure is how successfully students transition from campus life into their careers,” said Anne Dwane, Chief Business Officer at Chegg. “To help students make this transition we already offer Internships.com – the largest student-focused internship marketplace, because we know that completing internships are key to landing that first job. But beyond their qualifications, graduating seniors can also use some coaching on how to best translate what they’ve learned into the skills employers demand. Many students want expert help in landing their first job, and now they have a way to access career coaches for personalized support anytime, anywhere. In partnership with InsideTrack, we will be fulfilling a very real student need at a very affordable price.”
A beta version of the service is currently available at chegg.insidetrack.com. The service will officially launch to the public in May, 2015.
Chegg puts students first and is proud to have saved students and their families more than $500 million in 2014 alone. As the leading student-first connected learning platform, Chegg’s Student Hub makes higher education more affordable and more accessible, all while improving student outcomes. Chegg is a publicly-held company based in Santa Clara, California and trades on the NYSE under the symbol CHGG. For more information, visit www.chegg.com
This article originally published on University Business, April 2015.