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Paraprofessionals in Career Services

Title: Paraprofessionals in Career Services: The Florida State University Model Technical Report 27.
Name(s): Lenz, Janet G, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Technical Report
Date Issued: 2000-09-18
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This report is designed to share information on the career advisor (CA) program in the Florida State University Career Center. Career advisors have been part of the FSU Career Center for more than 25 years. In fact, training career services practitioners is included as part of the Center’s mission statement (Career Center, 2000b). The FSU Career Center’s use of paraprofessional career advisors has been documented in several publications (Lenz & Reardon, 1997; Peterson, Sampson, & Reardon, 1991; Reardon, 1996; Saunders, Reardon, & Lenz, 1999). For purposes of this document, the career advisors who work in the Career Center are considered paraprofessionals. There is some disagreement about the use of this term. Many career services offices use the term “paraprofessionals” only in reference to undergraduate students working as peer advisors in their center. In some settings, graduate students are considered pre-professionals. As Norm Stahl, Counseling Supervisor in the UCLA Career Center noted: “We do not consider our graduate counseling interns as ‘paraprofessionals’, but new professionals getting their final polish before they step into full-time work” (personal communication, July 28, 2000). Because our career advisors have not yet received their degrees and completed their formal training, we still consider “paraprofessionals” an appropriate term. The author hopes that the information shared in this document will help other career services centers in adapting aspects of this staffing model for use in their setting.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1525967275_9baea5ed (IID), 10.17125/fsu.1525967275 (DOI)
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Host Institution: FSU

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Lenz, J. G. (2000). Paraprofessionals in Career Services: The Florida State University Model Technical Report 27. Retrieved from