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HBCU First is partnering with Indeed’s Job Search Academy to promote career exploration, skill-building and readiness

February 16, 2023

We have a global career readiness crisis. Getting a good or better job is the #1 reason why Americans value higher education, yet most universities do not require or expressly encourage their students to include career exploration, job search preparation or career readiness as part of their studies.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the typical American worker (born between 1957-1964) had 12.4 jobs during their prime work years (18-54 years of age), which means every worker - regardless of their background, industry or profession - should expect and be prepared to manage multiple job and career transitions during their work life.

According to the NACE 2022 Student Survey, 58% of all responding students reported having visited the career center at some point during their time in College.

Career services may be the most important yet underappreciated function in higher education. The median ratio of students to career services staff sits at 1,583:1 nationally. Only 36% of universities offer for-credit career courses. (Forbes)

As a result, many students leave college with high expectations for their future but without a fundamental understanding of their career options, how to pursue a job search, or employer expectations of their employees.

HBCU First and Indeed have partnered together to create the HBCU Career Academy to address the career readiness issue head on with students participating in the HBCU First internship program, by incorporating Indeed’s Job Search Academy curriculum into their HBCU First internship experience.

All HBCU First students interns will learn the fundamentals of job search, resume writing, interviewing, job offer evaluation & negotiation, and career management via workshops led by HBCU First peer career coaches, who are mentored by Indeed Career Strategists.

About HBCU First
HBCU First is a student-led nonprofit on a mission to increase college and career success for Black youth. As the nation’s leading HBCU internship program, we leverage relationships with 70+ Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to help Black youth navigate the college-to-career journey and bridge the gap between learning and doing.

About Indeed
More people find jobs on Indeed than anywhere else. Indeed is the #1 job site in the world (Comscore, Total Visits, September 2022) and allows job seekers to search millions of jobs in more than 60 countries and 28 languages. Over 3 million employers use Indeed to find and hire new employees. More than 300 million unique visitors each month search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies on Indeed, and Indeed delivers 2.5X more hires than other branded job sites combined (Among BreezyHR clients, Sources of Hire Report 2021, U.S.). For more information, visit indeed.com.

HBCU First is a student-led community advancing the economic participation and well-being of America’s Black youth.

Increase college and career success for Black youth.