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Driving Virtual Participation in a Career Exploration Program

Updated: Dec 23, 2021


In March of 2021, Yellowdig had the honor of hosting a guest webinar with DePaul University, a school that has been integrating Yellowdig's services for “Future Forward” program. We had notable key speakers from our team and DePaul's team to talk about the ways Yellowdig is used.

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Featuring Hilarie Longnecker, Margaret McGee-Newton, Bob Ertischek, an Jon Miron

What is the Future Forward Career Education Program?

It is a co-curricular career exploration program designed for first-year students to get engaged with career paths early. At DePaul University, it is important to them that students, from the very first quarter, begin thinking about how their career connects to their academics. Essentially, “the program is a year long program that allows students to really jumpstart that journey towards their career.”


In order to achieve their goals, the faculty at DePaul let students engage in meaningful career exploration through Yellowdig. Students were not only able to learn about the world of work and how to plan out their experiences, but they also had the opportunity to learn about themselves. Students were allowed to work at their own pace in a peer-to-peer based community. They also had the opportunity to attend virtual job fairs, workshops, job shadows, and interviews. This helped students build confidence for future endeavors.


DePaul recognized that a lot of the new first-year students couldn't experience what it meant to be on campus, making it hard to make friends and connections in a virtual classroom. This is an aspect that Yellowdig was able to assist with. Hillary described how the “social media-like platform” would be “familiar” to the students, which created a learning platform for them to have pragmatic conversations, as well as conversations you would hear in a dorm or food hall. They utilized Yellowdig’s topic tags because it “allowed us to inspire conversation without necessarily directing it.” The point system incentivized students to post more, comment more, and interact more. Hillary noted that engagement between students went exceptionally well.


Application Highlights

The speakers were able to highlight specific moments on Yellowdig's platform that showed positive interactions between the student. Here they are broken down below.