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UC Irvine launches coaching service to help students and alumni enhance career skills

September 21st, 2016

Partnership with InsideTrack makes affordable, high-quality career coaching accessible anytime, anywhere.

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The University of California at Irvine announced the launch of a new career coaching service designed to improve career readiness and success for graduates and students currently enrolled in UCI Division of Continuing Education (DCE) and UCI+One programs.

UCI has partnered with InsideTrack, a provider of student coaching solutions, to offer personalized career development support through a combination of one-to-one meetings, email and text messaging with professional career coaches, as well as access to self-guided content through InsideTrack’s uCoach® web and mobile apps.

UCI DCE students will be able to choose from a range of coaching options that offer varying levels of mentorship and support as they define their long-term career objectives and develop critical career planning and workplace skills. Students enrolled in the UCI+One program will enjoy career support based on InsideTrack’s methodology embedded directly in the program curriculum, with the aim of providing timely resources, information and support as students organize and execute a career plan.

“With today’s complex, ever-changing job market, UCI DCE takes very seriously our commitment to our students and alumni to support them in building a successful and rewarding career,” said Gary Matkin, dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Summer Session. “Our partnership with InsideTrack enables us to offer convenient, affordable access to the high-quality career planning services our students and alumni deserve.”

Beginning this month, career coaching is available to more than 15,000 students enrolled in UCI DCE and UCI+One programs by visiting UCICareer.insidetrack.com. In 2017, the services will be expanded to all UCI alumni.

Since its founding in 2001, InsideTrack has coached more than 1.3 million students and is currently partnering with more than 1,600 academic programs nationwide. In a recent survey of students engaged in InsideTrack Career Coaching at an Ivy League continuing and professional studies program, 95 percent of the students agreed that it helped them make progress towards their career goals.

“By providing lifelong access to career planning services, UCI is reaching new heights in its commitment to student support,” said Carrie Lockhert, associate vice president of Client Partnerships at InsideTrack. “We applaud the UCI team for their long-term perspective on student success and look forward to partnering with them to help students and alumni make the most of their UCI education.”

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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