Power Skills for Work & Life: General Education Faculty & Career Services Staff Partner to Make Liberal Education Visible & Valued
The collaboration between the career services office and the general education faculty at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia began with storytelling. In fall 2014, while teaching a course on how people create and use narratives, Meriel Tulante (one of the authors of this article) approached Tracy DePedro, Jefferson’s director of career services. Tulante had an idea about asking students to develop a professional narrative that could help introduce them to potential employers, using devices such as résumés and anecdotes to highlight skills and qualifications. DePedro readily agreed to visit Tulante’s class to coach students on how to tell the story of their preprofessional development and build their personal brand as they headed toward graduation.