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Career and Professional Development Receives National Career Innovation Award

Embedding career readiness into curriculum is a priority at Belmont. Through steady attention and fruitful faculty partnerships, Belmont’s Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) is making great impact and has created numerous scalable career readiness touchpoints for students in the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business.

Through collaboration with Curb College, OCPD staff members Nina Woodard and Caroline Rupard partnered with faculty to incorporate career readiness assignments into the MBU 2000 curriculum, an internship prerequisite course. Students learned to write effective cover letters, resumes and reference document approvals, resulting in a 32% increase in online resume reviews through OCPD. 

Additionally, OCPD is fully integrated into Curb College’s required senior capstone course with assignments designed to help students develop their post-graduate job search strategy. More than 800 students have engaged with digital content in OCPD’s “Senior Strategy 5-Step Guide,” leading to even greater career outcomes for recent graduates. Through intentional partnerships and comprehensive career materials embedded into the Curb College experience, faculty are better equipped to share career guidance and students leave Belmont feeling prepared to successfully pursue careers in the entertainment and music business.

These initiatives titled “Explore, Prepare, Connect, Flourish: Embedding Career Readiness,” recently received a “National Career Innovation Award” from the Career Leadership Collective recognizing outstanding university career services offerings.

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