Why is it hard to get the college navigator job?
In the past few years, there has been an explosion in demand for college navigators.
A new survey by CareerBuilder.com found that almost 80% of graduates who are searching for a job in college today will be a college navigATOR in five years.
The new jobs are also a boon to college enrollment.
For example, the College Board released a survey earlier this year showing that for every new college grad who had a college degree, they were almost twice as likely to enroll in a four-year college program as if they hadn’t earned their degree.
According to the study, for the first time in four decades, fewer than one in 10 college graduates had a four year degree when they entered the workforce in 2010.
One of the biggest barriers to college graduates entering the workforce has been the fact that they don’t have enough skills and knowledge to navigate a college’s online curriculum.
The CareerBuilder survey also found that graduates with an associate’s degree were less likely to have a college diploma than those with a bachelor’s degree.
“College is a wonderful opportunity for a college graduate to build a career in their field, but the degree itself is not necessarily the best tool for college enrollment,” said Roberta Mancini, president of the CareerBuilder College Career Services.
“A college degree can only provide you with the skills necessary to do that job and it’s only when you’re in the workforce, when you have a degree, that you can truly develop the skills you need for a career.”
For the past decade, colleges have been looking for more than just college graduates to fill navigatorships.
They have also been looking to recruit them.
“The biggest factor for colleges looking to hire navigators is that they are trying to match them to the college they want,” said Michael Shanks, associate director of college services at CareerBuilder, in a statement.
“This allows them to have an understanding of who’s available and where the job opportunities lie.
It also allows colleges to understand the job market needs of their students.”
“I think the real problem is not the lack of navigators, it’s the lack to find navigators,” said Rachel Zink, director of communications at Careerbuilder.com.
However, not all colleges are looking to get rid of college navigates entirely.
While college navigations are being outsourced, colleges are also looking to retain them, according to Mancinis.
She added that if colleges are going to keep these jobs, they will need to create the right environment for the navigators to be happy with the work they do.
According to the CareerSkills survey, nearly two-thirds of college graduates are happy to work in a job that allows them the ability to use their navigator skills in an effort to build their career, while only 40% of college students are happy with working in a “non-navigator” position.
It is difficult to say if the increased demand for navigators will help or hurt college enrollment, but in some cases, it could help colleges recruit more students.
In 2011, a new survey from the College Employer Institute showed that a majority of college grads would be happy to take a position that requires them to learn how to use an iPad, Google Glass, and Skype to answer questions on the job.
And in the last year, a recent survey from CareerBuilder showed that 60% of respondents would be willing to work with a recruiter to find a job for a navigator.
Even if colleges were looking to cut back on the number of students applying for college, they are still going to need navigators for the job search.
At the same time, some colleges may be looking to expand their recruitment efforts, according for example, by creating more job opportunities for students to take advantage of their new skills.
Some employers are already looking to fill these roles.
Employers such as Microsoft and Google are looking for college graduates as navigators in their tech companies.
Additionally, in the future, employers may want to consider creating more positions specifically for college students to fill.
For instance, some companies may want a navigators who is able to use Skype to work through their online learning and problem solving.