Introducing Students to the World of Work: Q&A with Michelle Bata, Clark University

As enrollment and state funding become more reliant on student outcomes, many universities are giving their career services a makeover. But in order for a college to help students develop skills for future employment, career preparation and guidance can’t be limited to the career services office.

According to Michelle Bata, from Clark University, career readiness needs to be a part of the school culture. Michelle Bata is the Associate Dean and Director of Clark’s LEEP Center, which stands for Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP). The department is dedicated to connecting the benefits of a liberal arts education with practical skills students can use to build their futures “whether in college or beyond.”

This year at the LearnLaunch 2018 conference, we spoke with Michelle Bata about the LEEP programs innovations, and how the school is creating a culture around career exploration.

Play the podcast episode above, watch the video below, or download the interview on iTunes for the full interview.

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren is the General Manager of EdTech Times. A Texan by birth but a Bostonian at heart, Hannah is an educational writer, AmeriCorps alum, and one-time StartupWeekend EDU (SWEDU) winning team member. She started her career at a Pearson-incubated edtech startup, but has since covered travel, food & culture, and even stonemasonry in addition to education.